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Pre-operative Care Instructions

Hair Transplant Pre-Op Care

Usually, you will have a minimum of 2 weeks’ time from the date you provide us the signed consent form for Hair Transplantation.

During this time please read the instructions carefully and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us. Ensure that you have provided all the medical information and list of medications you are taking and ANY Allergies.

Please follow the instructions carefully as failure to do so affects the procedure itself and in some cases causes post-procedure complications which can adversely affect results.

If for any reason you have difficulty in following the instructions then please let us know before the surgery.

Please notify us of any other surgery planned during 8 weeks prior to Hair Transplantation or for 8 weeks following it. If you’ve had any surgery or admission for any major medical problems, for example a heart attack, within one year before Hair Transplantation please inform us immediately. We may have to take specific precautions based on your medical history.

We may have to change your medications temporarily, to perform safe Hair Transplantation.

If there is any change in the medications made by your GP or Consultant following the first Consultation with us then you MUST notify us immediately.

If you are not sure about any information provided on this page, please contact us as soon as possible. We would be happy to answer any queries. You can email us or call us.

The following schedule MUST be followed:

Four weeks prior to surgery

Please make sure that all the medical information and the required blood tests are ready, and they have been sent to us unless organised by us at our clinic.

If you have any queries, please contact us. If any new information becomes available or any changes to your long-term medical condition have occurred following GP or hospital visit, please let us know. Please ensure that any new information during the last 4 weeks that are unknown to us MUST be made available to us before surgery.

  • Medications
    You must stop Beta-blockers and certain other medications. We will ask you to liaise with the GP/Consultant who started these medications and will follow their advice. We will change medication only on their advice
  • Hair Length for Surgery
    For FUE, we need to shave the back and sides of the head. Usually, the front and top of the head can be left unshaven which helps disguise any evidence of the procedure post-op. For FUE arrive with your hair short, especially at the back and sides so we can shave what we need to
  • For strip/FUT, please leave the hair at the back of the head long, to allow us to hide the incision under your existing hair
  • Work
    We advise you take one week off from work to avoid the potential complications
  • Exercise
    You can do exercise up to the day prior to surgery but please follow post-op instructions after the surgery

Three weeks before surgery

  • Stop taking Vitamin E and FISH OIL
  • Stop ANY vitamin supplement or over the counter medication
  • Please make arrangements to stay the previous night in a nearby hotel if you are travelling from out of town. Also make arrangements to stay overnight on the day of surgery and make sure that you have someone to take you home. Avoid driving for 24 hours after surgery

Ten days before surgery

  • Stop aspirin and or Clopidogrel
  • Stop Alcohol
  • Stop any non-approved drugs
  • Stop any artificial fibres or any other products you use to increase the hair thickness

Seven days before surgery

Please follow the instructions given in a separate letter if you are taking any of the following medications that explains what to do. If any questions, please contact us immediately.

If you have NOT followed the special instructions as advised below it is VERY important to let us know. We have to reschedule the surgery. Non-compliance may cause complications during the procedure.

Drug Replacement required? Dosage
Warfarin YES As Advised
Beta-blockers YES As advised

Stop ALL of the following

Garlic Magnesium Energy Supplements
Ginger Protein supplement Cod liver capsules
Ginseng Creatine Supplements

1 day before surgery

  • STOP Ibuprofen and Naproxen 24 hours before the surgery

The night before surgery

  • Get a full night’s sleep
  • Shampoo your hair

On the day of surgery

  • Shampoo your hair
  • No exercise
  • No perfumes/cologne
  • Have a full breakfast and your medications unless advised otherwise by us. Please make sure that you follow any special instruction given to you regarding your medications
  • You can wear anything that you feel comfortable with but avoid wearing any clothing that must be pulled over your head to remove. This prevents any damage to or dislodging of the newly placed grafts

One hour before surgery

  • You take pre-operative medication given by us
  • You will get a full document of these instructions. Including any complications that could occur with surgery and your surgeon will talk you through these and any concerns you may have
  • A copy of this form will be signed by you as our patient to show that all steps were taken prior to surgery and that you have understood everything

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Monday 9.00am to 5.00pm

Tuesday 9.00am to 5.00pm

Wednesday 9.00am to 5.00pm

Thursday 9.00am to 5.00pm

Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm

Saturday 9.00am to 5.00pm

Sunday Closed