No matter how well your surgeon performs your hair transplant the outcome depends just as much on how much care you take afterwards. All patients are given an aftercare pack to help them in looking after their hair post-surgery however you need to know exactly what you can and cannot do. This includes knowing which medications or supplements you can safely take.
Are Supplements Necessary?
The first thing to mention is that there are no supplements or lotions on the market that will actually speed up the rate of hair growth or prevent hair loss although there are some advertised which claim to do this. A good hair transplant surgeon will tell you that none are necessary.
A good multivitamin supplement won’t do any harm although you should always take the advice of your GP before taking any supplements, particularly if you take regular medications. What is essential is that you follow a good, balanced diet, get plenty of sleep and fresh air and this is all that is needed to maintain the success of your hair transplant.
What about Medication?
At the start of the transplant procedure, your surgeon will administer a local anaesthetic, usually lidocaine, which numbs the area of the scalp where the hair will be harvested from and transplanted to. This is a very effective short-term anaesthetic which wears off quickly after the procedure is finished and which has no side-effects. You may receive a cortisone steroid application to prevent any swelling from the surgery.
You will also have an antiseptic dressing applied to the donor area of your scalp. You will be given medication such as painkillers and anti-inflammatories to take at home along with your aftercare pack. In some cases, you may be given antibiotics to prevent infection. Some surgeons may prescribe a medication like Rogaine or Propecia improve hair growth afterwards however these two products, though effective, will not prevent hair loss in the first place.
Before your Procedure
Certain medications can affect any surgical procedure or the outcome thereof so it is essential that you discuss with your surgeon before you embark on a hair transplant if you are taking any long-term medications. He or she can then advise you accordingly on the likely outcome.
If you have any questions or concerns about what medications are used and which are safe for you the best time to discuss this is before surgery. Call us here at the Wimpole Clinic and we’ll be happy to talk it over.