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How Should I Prepare My Scalp for an Upcoming Hair Transplant Treatment?

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If you're considering a NeoGraft® hair transplant, you're on the right path to improving your hair and confidence. NeoGraft, a type of FUE (follicular unit extraction) hair transplant, is a minimally invasive procedure that provides natural-looking results. To ensure the success of your transplant and optimize your recovery, it's crucial to adequately prepare your scalp. 

Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Vu Ho provides NeoGraft hair transplants at Beyond Beautiful in Plano, TX. He regularly works with patients from the surrounding cities of McKinney, Frisco, and North Dallas. Read on to learn more about what to expect with a hair transplant and how to prepare for the procedure. 

How does a hair transplant work? 

Before diving into the preparations, let's talk about the basics of a hair transplant procedure. During a NeoGraft hair transplant, individual hair follicles are harvested from a donor area (typically the back of the scalp) and transplanted to areas with thinning or no hair. NeoGraft employs a specialized automated device that precisely extracts and implants the hair follicles, resulting in a natural and virtually undetectable outcome. 

How can I prepare for a hair transplant? 

Consult with Dr. Ho: Schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Ho at Beyond Beautiful to discuss your goals, medical history, and expectations. Dr. Ho will evaluate your scalp, assess your candidacy for the procedure, and provide personalized recommendations. 

Medication review: Inform Dr. Ho about any medications or supplements you're currently taking. Some medications, such as blood thinners, may need to be adjusted or temporarily discontinued before the procedure to minimize bleeding risks. 

Stop smoking: If you're a smoker, it's a good idea to quit smoking at least a few weeks before the hair transplant. Smoking can hinder the healing process and negatively affect the growth of newly transplanted hair. 

Avoid alcohol and aspirin: As the procedure approaches, avoid consuming alcohol and refrain from taking aspirin or any blood-thinning medications unless directed by Dr. Ho. These substances can increase bleeding during the surgery. 

Scalp hygiene: Ensure that your scalp is clean and free from excess oil and debris before the procedure. Dr. Ho may recommend a specific shampoo or cleansing routine to follow in the days leading up to the transplant. 

The benefits of a NeoGraft hair transplant 

Minimally invasive: Unlike traditional strip harvesting methods, NeoGraft utilizes an automated device, removing the need for a linear incision and leaving no visible scars. 

Natural results: With NeoGraft, hair follicles are individually extracted and implanted, allowing for precise placement and a natural-looking hairline. The transplanted hair will gradually grow, blending seamlessly with your existing hair. 

Faster recovery: The minimally invasive nature of NeoGraft ensures a quicker recovery than traditional hair transplant procedures. Most patients can return to their daily activities within a few days. 

Hair transplant post-op care 

Dr. Ho will provide you with specific post-transplant care instructions, including how to cleanse your scalp, manage any discomfort, and protect the newly transplanted hair. Adhering to these guidelines is crucial for optimal healing and hair growth. It's important to remember that hair growth takes time. The transplanted hair will shed initially, but new hair will start to grow within a few months. Be patient and follow a healthy lifestyle to support hair growth. 

Get ready for a hair transplant at Beyond Beautiful in Plano, TX 

Preparing your scalp for a NeoGraft hair transplant is an important step toward achieving outstanding results. By consulting with Dr. Vu Ho at Beyond Beautiful and following the recommended guidelines, you can have a smooth and successful procedure. If you live near McKinney, Frisco, or North Dallas, contact us today to schedule a consultation.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.