Avoid the following
Avoid alcohol use
Both before and after your hair loss cure FUE procedure, it’s essential to limit your alcohol consumption. High amounts of alcohol can thin your blood, increasing the likelihood of bleeding or bruising during surgery. Thus, alcohol should be avoided for a minimum of 48 hours post-procedure. However, for optimal results and to enable the transplanted hair follicles to heal, it is best to abstain from alcohol for several days and only reintroduce alcohol once your surgeon has advised you it is safe to do so.
Avoid tobacco use
If you’re considering an FUE hair transplant, it just might be the motivation you need to quit smoking. Nicotine products must be avoided before your procedure, at least two weeks earlier. Cutting out nicotine for good is recommended, as it will enable you to feel younger and healthier while rejuvenating your appearance. To increase the effectiveness of your hair loss cure, avoid smoking and tobacco cessation products because the chemicals shrink blood vessels, impair circulation and reduce blood flow. Nicotine use can delay the healing of your wounds and prevent optimal nutrients from reaching your scalp, which means that newly implanted hairs will not be able to grow and thrive where they’re grafted. Conversely, healthy, smoke-free patients find that their micro-incisions close and heal within a few days, and minor scabbing resolves itself within a week of the procedure. Swelling is minimal, and the SmartGraft® hair transplant procedure has a 90% “take” rate, provided that the scalp is healthy and circulation is not impaired by nicotine use.
Avoid blood thinning medications
In most cases, patients experience only slight redness or swelling for a few days after their hair loss cure. To prevent bruising and bleeding, patients must be cautious about which supplements or medications they take before surgery. Anticoagulants including Coumadin or antiplatelet drugs like Aspirin should be avoided for at least two weeks before your hair transplant. Your surgeon will provide you with a list of medications to avoid in order to keep you safe. Some herbal supplements, vitamin E and Omega 3 may also thin the blood and should be avoided in the weeks leading up to your procedure. Be sure to tell your surgeon about anything which may fall into these categories, even if you’re unsure. Provided that you adhere to the advice you’re given, you can return to work and other daily activities soon after your procedure without appearing as though you have undergone surgery, which makes this an ideal treatment option for busy professionals.