Pre-Surgery

Pre‐Operative 
Instructions
 for
 Hair
 Transplantation

One 
week 
before 
surgery:

•  Do
 not 
take 
any 
aspirin 
or 
any 
drugs 
containing
 aspirin 
(May
us
Tylenol)

•  Do 
not 
drink 
any
 alcohol
 (wine,
 beer,
 liquors
–
cold 
medicines)

•  Discontinue
 Ibuprofen
 and
 Naproxen
 (Advil,
 Motrin,
 etc.)

•  Contact
 office
 of 
prescription 
medications
 that
 you
 are 
currently 
taking.

Day
 before 
surgery:

•  Please 
drink
 one
 quart 
(
1
–
liter)
 of 
fluids 
the
 day 
before 
surgery

•  Shampoo/rinse 
hair 
well with 
any
 shampoo 
either
 the
 night 
before
 or
 the 
day
 of
 surgery
 ( If
 you
 have 
long 
hair,
 please 
use 
cream
 rinse).

•  Try 
to
 get 
at 
least 
eight 
hours 
of 
sleep.

Day 
of 
Surgery:

•  Please
 make 
sure 
that 
you
 have
 a 
moderate 
breakfast

•  Please
 arrive 
at 
the 
surgery
 center
 at 
your
 scheduled
 surgery 
time.
Surgery
 averages 
5‐6 
hours,
 based 
on
 the
 size 
of 
the 
procedure 
and
 the 
patient’s  
metabolism

•  Shampoo 
your 
hair 
well 
with 
any 
shampoo

•  Do 
not 
wear
 any
 clothing 
that 
needs
 to 
be 
pulled
 over 
your 
head 
to 
be 
removed.
 Wear 
a
 button
 or 
zip
  down
 shirt

•  Due 
to 
the 
drugs 
administered
 during
 the
 procedure 
you 
will 
not 
be 
able 
to 
drive
 after 
the
 surgery.

So 
please 
make 
arrangements 
for 
someone
 to
 drive
 you 
before
 and
 after 
the 
procedure.

Additional 
Instructions:

•  You 
should
 let
 your 
hair 
grow
 to 
a 
length
 of 
2
½
 to 
3 
inches 
in 
the 
back 
and
 on 
the 
sides 
of 
your
 head,
this
 is
 not 
important
 for
 follicular 
unit 
transfer.

•  Shampoo 
recommended:

 shampoos 
and
 conditioners
 under 
labels 
such
 as 
Redken,
 Neutrogena
 and 
Nexxus.

•  Permanents
 and /or 
hair 
coloring 
may 
be 
done 
up 
to
 3
 days 
before 
surgery

•  After
 surgery,
 it 
should 
not 
be 
done
 until 
all 
of 
the 
crust s
have 
fallen
 off
–
generally 
within
 2 
to
 3
 weeks

•  Light 
hair 
sprays,
 gels 
and
 mousses 
may 
be 
used 
when 
you 
begin 
shampooing
 your 
hair 
but
 preferably 
as 
little
 as
 possible
 for 
the 
first 
week 
and 
must 
be 
washed
 out
 daily.
 Use 
non alcohol
 based 
products;
 No 
products 
on 
transplanted 
hair.

•  Occasionally
 it 
is 
necessary 
for 
the 
patient 
to 
wear 
a 
head 
wrap.
This 
should 
be 
removed
 the
 following 
morning 
and
 immediately
 shampooed

•  No 
smoking
 4 
weeks 
prior 
and 
after
 surgery.