FUE & FUT Preparation
How to prepare for your FUE/FUT Procedure
You are about to invest time and money in your hair grafts. Please follow these instructions carefully.
Lateness: Please remember that if you are commuting to London, traffic, particularly during rush hour, can cause long delays in your trip which may result in you missing your appointment. Please ensure you allow enough time for your appointment otherwise this may result in you forfeiting the monies you invested in your procedure.
Avoid alcohol, aspirin, ibuprofen, Vitamin A, E and D, garlic and spices, high dose vitamins or herbal supplements, Regaine (minoxidil) and energy drinks such as Red Bull for one week before your procedure. These may make you more liable to bleed. Paracetamol can be used instead though.
Make sure we are aware of any medications that you may be on and any serious illnesses or allergies you may have. This includes “recreational” drugs as they can interact with local anaesthetic. If you smoke, you should continue smoking as normal, rather than trying to cut down. Also, preoperatively, you should have a cigarette so that you don’t have the craving during the procedure, so please do ask.
On the day, wear comfortable clothes that don’t need to be pulled over your head (e.g. button up shirts not sweaters). You should bring a BASEBALL CAP which can be loosened at the back or similar to wear after the procedure (not tight, woolly or “beanie” hats or bandanas. They will stick to the grafts!). If you wear a hard hat for work (motorbike helmet or a safety helmet) you will not be able to wear this for two weeks post procedure as it could damage or remove the grafts!
Wash your hair either on the day or the day before and avoid using wax or gel on the day of the procedure.
Exercise: Avoid exercising three days before your procedure and you cannot start exercising until two weeks after your procedure.
If you are having an FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction), we advise to have the back of the head (donor area) shaved to a 0.5 grade. If you want your hair styled in a particular way, please ensure you do this before the procedure as you cannot have a haircut for a month post-procedure. It is not necessary to have the other areas shaved (Front, midsection and crown).
We also advise that patients purchase a travel pillow before the procedure (one that supports the neck) as for the first couple of nights, you will need to sleep on your back as you could potentially remove or damage the grafts on your side.
Please make sure you eat breakfast or an early lunch before your procedure as this will make you feel more comfortable as there is no reason to starve beforehand as we only use local anaesthetic.
Although we try to make you feel as comfortable as possible, we do advise to bring either a book or an IPOD to keep you occupied during the procedure. Mobile phones are not allowed in the theatre.