DO’s and DON’TS
Avoid Cigarettes and Nicotine Products
You’re taking steps to look better than you have in a long time, this is an opportunity to take control of your health too!
Most smokers understand the real health risks involved with smoking, but it’s tough to quit and easy to put it off for another day. The time for putting it off is over. You’ve planned a transformative hair loss solution, and you’ll want to do everything you can to ensure its success. Did you know that nicotine impairs your circulation by constricting vessels and reduces blood flow? Smoking, and even smoking cessation products that contain nicotine are not advised before, during and after any cosmetic, medical procedure.
Here’s why: Any wound on your body, no matter how small, required healthy blood flow to heal well. For surgical incisions, smoking can mean delayed healing. For the tiny, micro-scalp incisions and newly implanted hair grafts, it means starving them of the vital oxygen and growth stimulus they need to thrive where they are inserted.
Healthy, non-smoking patients typically see minor scabbing resolved by one week and new, vital hair growth as early as a few months later. The ARTAS system delivers an over 90% take rate for those who do not take nicotine products and are in good health. To make the most of this incredibly advanced technology and feel as good as you look, now is the time to quit- you can do it!
Avoid Blood-thinning Supplements & Medications
Minor redness and inflammation are expected at the treatment sites post-procedure. While this will naturally resolve over the course of a few days, one way to ensure no excessive bruising or bleeding is by careful avoidance of supplements and medications that alter how you clot.
Some people are surprised to learn that common, over the counter pain relievers like Aspirin or Ibuprofen, can make you bleed more easily. They may also take anticoagulants and antiplatelet medications to treat chronic health conditions, so these need to be discussed with your surgeon and your primary health care provider when planning a hair transplant procedure.
In addition to prescriptions and OTC medications, herbal supplements, Omega 3 or Vitamin E may lead to bruising or bleeding and prolong your healing period or complicate the procedure. Though ‘natural’ products sound harmless, they can have dramatic effects on bleeding, especially in a highly vascular area such as the scalp.
FUE technology delivers fast, effective treatment with minimal recovery time, making it ideal for busy professionals who wish to return to work and life without giving away their secret. To have the safest and fastest recovery possible, be sure to talk with your surgeon about any and all products you take.
You can Minimize Discomfort
Although there are very little pain and no extensive surgical incision associated with this procedure, mild discomfort is expected for at least the first few days. Most Toronto FUE patients require only mild pain relief, but your surgeon will provide you with medication to keep you comfortable as needed. The minor redness and scalp sensitivity following a procedure typically resolve by day 3-4.
Immediately post-treatment, you could see minor blood spotting and slight swelling of the scalp or forehead area if the hairline was treated. Because ARTAS technology is minimally invasive and a-traumatic, swelling is mild, and patients can get back to regular life quickly, showing no sign of a procedure after the first week. Previous strip method hair transplant methods resulted in a long surgical incision at the back of the head which required two weeks to heal and posed a risk of infection. Aside from feeling tight and uncomfortable while healing, the linear incision can lead to a visible scar. Instead, FUE micro-incisions close completely within a few days, eventually leaving no discernible trace.
To make your recovery comfortable and ensure the best result, your Toronto FUE surgeon may recommend a topical solution and products help heal and calm the scalp.