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1. Don’t get a haircut just before surgery

The reason you should avoid having your hair cut very short prior to surgery is because not only will it ensure there’s a good amount of hair in the donor area but it will also help to cover the scar in the case of FUT transplants.

2. Cut down on drink

Alcohol will dehydrate you and prevent your body from being able to repair itself optimally. Therefore it’s recommended that you cut out alcohol completely for at least 1 week prior to your surgery.

3. Cut out any anti-inflammatories

You should stop taking any anti-inflammatory medication, such as aspirin for at least 2 weeks prior to having surgery .

4. Stop smoking for a few days before surgery

Getting a hair transplant presents you with a fantastic reason to quit smoking. Smoking will affect your body’s ability to heal so if you’re not able to give up completely then at least put it on temporary hold until after the surgery.

5. Avoid any blood-thinning drugs

It’s important to avoid any blood-thinning drugs for at least 2 weeks prior to your surgery. Your surgeon will be able to provide you with a list of medications to avoid.

6. Massage your scalp regularly

Massaging your scalp will help to increase the blood flow and soften the skin on your scalp. These are both excellent for the health of your scalp and hair.

7. Prepare yourself mentally

If you’re a little bit nervous about your hair transplant surgery then there are plenty of things you can do to help prepare yourself mentally. Reading FAQs online about hair transplant surgery online can be a great way to dispel any myths or misconceptions you have about hair transplants. Practicing meditation regularly can also help to put you in a more relaxed state of mind.

8. Do your research

It’s always good to do research on the particular type of procedure you’re having done. This will help to allay any fears and prepare you for what the surgery will be like. However it’s much better to stick to articles that are written by experts and avoid any forums, as hair transplant forums are often filled with conjecture and misinformation.

9. Arrange for a ride home afterwards

Whilst getting a hair transplant is by no means a traumatic experience, it’s still good to have travel arrangements made prior to the procedure as it will mean one less thing to worry about.

10. Make sure you get some good pillows

This may seem like a strange one but for the first few weeks after your hair transplant you’ll need to keep your head elevated at night. Therefore it’s a good idea to ensure you have 2 or 3 big pillows so you’re comfortable.

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He has been practicing medicine ever since earning his degree in 1979 from McMaster University’s Department of Medicine. He also took continuing education courses in cosmetic laser surgery at both Harvard and Loyola Universities.

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