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Preparing for your procedure

Being informed and prepared will make your procedure and after care easy. Here, we’ll walk you through everything you need, from supplies to medications, to get ready for your procedure. After your procedure, we give you information on how to go about your aftercare.

Aftercare supplies you'll want

These are handy supplies to have around after your procedure. We were able to find them all at Target.

  • Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo
  • Tylenol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Mineral oil
  • Cotton balls
  • Polysporin
  • Hydrocortisone ointment 1%
  • Prescriptions we call into your pharmacy (anti-biotic, anti-anxiety, pain reliever +/- steroid)
  • Find a measuring cup (8-16oz)
  • 3 Ice packs
  • Old button-up shirt
  • 4 face towels
  • Reclining chair or 3 old pillows
1-2 weeks before your procedure

Not all these items with apply to you, but these are things you want to consider 1-2 weeks before your procedure.   

  • If you’re on a blood thinner like Coumadin or Xarelto, talk to your doctor and get their instruction on how to pause these medications for your procedure.
  • Arrange for a ride home after your procedure.
  • Stop using minoxidil (Rogaine)
  • Stop using NSAIDs
    • Aspirin (Bayer, Bufferin, Excedrin)
    • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB)
    • Naproxen (Aleve)
  • Stop any of these supplements:
    • Gingko biloba
    • Garlic
    • Ginseng
    • Fish oil
    • Dong quai
    • Feverfew
  • If you want to color your hair, now is the time.
  • Get the supplies on the aftercare list.
  • Pick out and order your maintenance therapies.
The day before and morning of your procedure

By this time you should be pretty prepared. You may have decided to get a hair cut so we’ll provide you with those instructions. Otherwise, let make you show up ready for your procedure.

 

  • Pause any alcohol or drug use
  • If we did not discuss camouflaging your hair collection site and you want a professional fade haircut, now is the time. Use a 0-guard clipper up to the hair whorl.
  • If you wear a hair piece, please remove it along with any glue.
  • Remove any facial jewelry.
  • Wash your hair, face and neck area thoroughly.
  • Do not place any products into your hair after washing
  • Eat a good breakfast.
  • Old button-up shirt.
  • Wear a comfortable pair of pants, shoes, socks and sports bra.
  • Do not brings and valuables.
  • Bring you medication with you, but do not take them.
  • Bring a book, iPad and any snacks you like. We can order in if you like too.
Once you arrive at our office for your procedure
Once you arrive at our office our team will begin to prepare for your hair transplant. We wanted to let you know what is going on behind the scenes and what to expect.

 

  • We’re confirming that all instruments and device we will use are functioning and sterile.
  • We’re reviewing you medical record and image to confirm the density of grafts we’ll need.
  • We’ll tell you about each of the medications we prescribted and how to use them.
  • About 30 minutes prior to the start of your procedure, we’ll have you take your antibiotics.
  • Based upon how you are feeling, we’ll recommend whether and when you should take your anti-anxiety medication.
  • We’ll have you change into a gown.
  • We may take some addition pictures if we have not already or if some of the pictures were unclear.
  • Once your in the procedure room, we’ll quickly review your goals.
  • We’ll discuss the design of your new hair line, but we usually will not draw until we are ready for phase 3 (implantation).
  • Unless you opted for the no-buzz cut procedure or got a professional hair cut, we will shave the back of your head. If we discussed a camouflage hair cut, we may do you cut in stages.
  • The next is numbing the back of you head. The involves injecting a nerve block in that area.
  • We’ll have you lay on your stomach and get comfortable.
  • We’ll clean the area of your head where we will be working and lay down drapes so it says clean.
  • Then, we’re ready to get started.
During your procedure: Good Luck

Our team is great and your in good hands. Ask them any question you have. Let us know if you would like lunch. Most patients decide to power through and end sooner, but either is fine.

 

  • During phase 1 (hair collection), our team will use a device to collect your hairs.
  • You hear the sound of a drill.
  • You may feel some pressure, but you won’t feel pain. If you feel pain, let us know because it is something that can be mananged.
  • While you continue with phase 1, other members of the team will begin phase 2 (preparation of your grafts). Because of your position, you won’t be able to see this part, but you may hear people come pick up grafts to work on.
  • After we’re done collecting hairs, you’ll sit up, stretch out, take a break and eat lunch if you would like. Sometimes, we’ll take the break before we’re done collecting hairs.
  • After break, we’ll design you hair line. 
  • During phase 3 (implantation), we’ll start by making tunnels. These tunnels determine the placement, density and angle of hairs.
  • Then, a couple members of our team will start implanting hairs.
  • At the end of you procedure, we’ll put on a dressing and go over your instructions.
  • While getting your instructions confirm the following because it varies from patient to patient.
    • When to take off your dressing.
    • Whether you show be taking a steroid.
    • The schedule for your antibiotic.
    • The schedule for your pain medication and whether you pain medication contains Tylenol.
    • If your pain medication contains Tylenol (acetominophen), do not douple up on regular Tylenol and your pain medication. You are limited to 4000mg of Tylenol in one day.
The night of your procedure

Once you arrive at our office our team will begin to prepare for your hair transplant. We wanted to let you know what is going on behind the scenes and what to expect.

 

  • We’re confirming that all instruments and device we will use are functioning and sterile.
  • We’re reviewing you medical record and image to confirm the density of grafts we’ll need.
  • We’ll tell you about each of the medications we prescribted and how to use them.
  • About 30 minutes prior to the start of your procedure, we’ll have you take your antibiotics.
  • Based upon how you are feeling, we’ll recommend whether and when you should take your anti-anxiety medication.
  • We’ll have you change into a gown.
  • We may take some addition pictures if we have not already or if some of the pictures were unclear.
  • Once your in the procedure room, we’ll quickly review your goals.
  • We’ll discuss the design of your new hair line, but we usually will not draw until we are ready for phase 3 (implantation).
  • Unless you opted for the no-buzz cut procedure or got a professional hair cut, we will shave the back of your head. If we discussed a camouflage hair cut, we may do you cut in stages.
  • The next is numbing the back of you head. The involves injecting a nerve block in that area.
  • We’ll have you lay on your stomach and get comfortable.
  • We’ll clean the area of your head where we will be working and lay down drapes so it says clean.
  • Then, we’re ready to get started.

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676 N. St Clair, Suite 1575
Chicago, IL 60605

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