Pre-Operative Instructions

We advise patients to attend a pre operative appointment prior to surgery, this allows the nursing team to do the following:

  • Design planning
  • Assessment of your donor hair
  • Medical assessment

These are all important aspects in preparation for hair transplant surgery with HRBR.

Please bring a list of any medications you are taking to this appointment.

This appointment will provide you the opportunity to discuss your surgery in more detail, any questions you may have will be answered. All instructions relating to your surgery will be given at this appointment.

Prior to surgery patients should do the following:

  • For patients undergoing an FUT procedure keep 2-3 cm length in your hair prior to the surgery, this will ensure the stitches will be hidden post operatively
  • For all patients we recommend commencing flexibility exercises in advance of your procedure, please see the HRBR website for instructions – Please ensure to focus on both the back and sides of the scalp. Scalp Massage
  • For patients undergoing an FUE procedure please note in most cases the entire head must be shaved to a blade 0 on the day of the procedure
  • Stop using Regaine 1 day before
  • You can continue taking Finasteride and oral Minoxidil (Loniten) as normal (if prescribed).
  • Please stop taking any vitamins and supplements 1 week before
  • Start using Tea-Tree shampoo 1 week before your surgery. This is available in all pharmacies and any brand of tea tree shampoo is suitable
  • A pre-medication of allopurinol 300mg and valium 5mg should be taken between 6pm and 7pm the evening before your surgery and you should be in for the evening either at home or at your hotel before it is taken.
  • This is normally provided to you at your preoperative appointment; however you may need to collect this pre-medication during office hours if you have not already received it.
  • Do not drink alcohol for 48 hours before your surgery
  • Eat a substantial breakfast before you arrive
  • Please read your consent form before you attend for surgery
  • Please contact the nursing staff with any queries you have
  • Premedication is given during surgery and it is important that following your procedure you do not drive and that you are accompanied by a responsible adult on leaving the clinic.

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