Preparing For your Procedure
Your To Do List
Schedule a call with Dr. Vinay
We like to make sure all your questions are answered. We found that a 15 minute call between you and Dr. Vinay is best.
Please schedule your call with Dr. Vinay at northwesternhair.com/vip (1 min process).
Provide information for your prescriptions
You will need some medications for your procedure and aftercare. We will prescribe these for you and ask you bring them with you the day of your procedure.
Please fill out your prescription information at northwesternhair.com/rx (2 min process).
Prepare For You Procedure
Preparing for procedure day
On the day of your procedure, come to 3 East Huron St with a button up shirt, the prescriptions we prescribed you, and plans for a ride home (Uber is fine). Dr. Vinay will tell you the time when you speak (typically between 7-830am)
The morning of your procedure:
• Eat a normal breakfast, but refrain from caffiene.
• If you wear a hair piece, please remove it along with any glue.
• Wash your hair and neck area normally.
• Do not place and leave-in products in your hair
Preview what procedure day is like
Your day may be different depending on the customizations, but this is what you can typically expect.
Watch Dr. Vinay get his procedure:
Here are the step we’ll go through.
1) PROFESSIONAL HAIR CUT
Our professional stylist partners make your buzzcut look as good as possible.
2) REVIEW YOUR GOALS
You’ll meet our transplant team and we’ll all review your goals.
3) NUMBING MEDICATION
Once you’re numb, you will not feel the rest of the procedure.
4) COLLECTION OF HAIR GRAFTS
While you lay on your stomach, we’ll collect individual grafts for 2-4 hours.
5) EVALUATE HAIR GRAFTS
We’ll order lunch from your preferred restaurant in the area.
6) EVALUATE HAIR GRAFTS
While you’re having lunch, we evaluate every hair graft to ensure its healthy.
7) DESIGN A NATURAL RESULT
We dedicate an entire step to designing the placement and direction of hairs.
8) INSERT NEW HAIR GRAFTS
Now that placement and direction of hairs are set, our team will insert hairs.
Tell us if you have high blood pressure, heart disease or bleeding issues
These medical issues can impact your procedure, but we can control for them if we know ahead of time.
Avoid alcohol and drugs (including THC) for 2 days before and 10 days after.
We recommend holding all alcohol and drugs for 48 prior to your procedure and for 10 days afterwards.
Medications and supplements to stop before your procedure
If you are taking any of the following medications or supplements, please try to stop them 10 days prior to your procedure. If you are on other medications, review them with Dr. Vinay on you pre-procedure call.
- warfarin (Coumadin)
- enoxaparin (Lovenox)
- clopidogrel (Plavix)
- ticlopidine (Ticlid)
- dipyridamole (Persantine)
- Aspirin (Bayer, Ecotrin, Excedrin, etc)
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs: Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Toradol, etc)
- Dong Quai
- Fish Oil Omega‐3 Fatty acids
- Ginko Biloba
- Green Tea
- Kava Kava
- St. John’s Wort
- Vitamin E (large doses)
- Vitamin C (large doses)
Expectations for your recovery
For almost all, pain is minimal. Usually, by the next day all you need is Tylenol.
ACTIVITY | EXERCISE | SEX
You can start light activity on Day 2, but no sweating or straining. On Day 5, you can sweat, but still no straining. On Day 10, sweating and moderate straining is fine. At 3 weeks, anything goes.
You can shower the next day, but don’t get your hair wet. On Day 2, you’ll use soap and water to wash your new hair. The rest of our hairs, you can wash normally. On Day 5, you’ll start shampooing your new hairs lightly. On Day 10, you can shower normally.
You’ll have a dressing on for 2 days, but you’ll feel fine to work the next day. Review the activity restrictions to determine when you can safely work.
Minimize sun exposure for 5 days. On Day 5, you can wear a cap if you are in the sun. At 3 weeks, all is good, but sunscreen is best.
You can wear a cap starting Day 5, but make sure the brim doesn’t touch your new hair. At 3 weeks, anything goes.
Swelling occurs in about one-half of people but is only noticeable when hairs are placed in the front. If you have swelling, it typically peaks at day 4-5 and is gone by day 8-10.
It is very rare to have a bruise.
Infections are rare, but we place everyone on antibiotics.