So you made the decision to have hair restoration and met with a physician who specializes in this area to lay out a treatment plan to remedy your hair loss. It was a big decision, but you made it and are now ready to begin the process.
As with any major surgery or other important undertaking, the best way to approach hair transplantation is to have a plan. It is normal to have questions and concerns about what you might look like following your procedure as well as what you might say to friends, co-workers, and family about your restoration.
Here is a general plan of what is about to take place so you can really understand your hair transplantation and feel a little more at ease about your transformation. But, prior to reading on, please note that these are only general guidelines, and more specific directions will be provided at the time of your procedure.
Consultation. If you have not already had a consultation, this appointment is required prior to proceeding towards your hair restoration. During your consultation, you discuss the details of your procedure with your hair restoration physician including donor hair extractions and where they will be transplanted. On top of this, you will have a good idea of how long the procedure will take and how many procedures may be necessary. But remember, everything is an estimate and may change as the procedure begins – be flexible.
Following the consultation, questions will inevitably come to light. When this happens, be sure to write them down, so you do not forget them and can ask them at your next appointment.
Week Prior to Your Procedure. At this point, typically a surgical coordinator or nurse will get in touch with you to go over specific details and answer any questions you may have (hopefully you have written them down). This is the point where certain medications are temporarily stopped as well as any alcohol or cigarette consumption so the body is clear of anything that may hinder the healing process.
Day Before the Procedure. Make sure you have the logistics of your procedure day organized, so you are not stressed. Most importantly, make sure you have someone come with you to take you home as you are given a mild sedative to prevent discomfort. Additionally, because of the sedation used, do not eat or drink anything after midnight or the day of the procedure.
Other Things to Keep in Mind
In addition to the actual preparation for hair transplantation, there are other things to keep in mind. You may have a preconceived idea of what you want to look like following the procedure. Your hair restoration physician should be very skilled at the art of performing transplantation that result in a natural appearance. So trust his judgment and know his goal is to meet your expectations while making your new restoration look as natural as possible.