SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION
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).
Request a time for your follow up at the salon
We’ll want check the health of your new hairs around Day 10 (Day 9-14). We’ll also get your hair washed and professionally cut.
Please request a date/time for your at northwesternhair.com/followup. After we book your appointment with Dr. Vinay, we will confirm the salon’s availability. (2 min process)
Stop these medications and supplements 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, please consult with your prescribing physician about whether those medications should stopped for your procedure. You can re-start these medication 48 hours after your procedure is completed.
- warfarin (Coumadin)
- enoxaparin (Lovenox)
- clopidogrel (Plavix)
- ticlopidine (Ticlid)
- dipyridamole (Persantine)
- minoxidil (Rogaine)
- finasteride (Propecia)
- Aspirin (Bayer, Ecotrin, Excedrin, etc)
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs: Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Toradol, etc)
- Minoxidil (Rogaine)
- 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)
Get ready: the evening before and morning of your procedure
What you need:
• Your prescriptions. Pick them up and bring them to your procedure, but do not take them
• A button up shirt or a shirt that you don’t have to pull over your head, where your new, fragile hairs will be.
• A ride home. Uber is fine.
The evening before your procedure:
• Do not drink alcohol
• 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
• If you do not have your prescriptions, call Dr. Vinay immediately
The morning of your procedure:
• Wear a comfortable clothing including a button up shirt.
• Bring all the medications we prescribed for you, but do not take them.
• Have a normal breakfast
Overview of procedure day
Our procedure day tend to run smoothly because we only do on procedure a day. 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.
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.
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