Making the decision to have hair transplant surgery

Different clinics have varying instructions on how to care for your hair transplant after you have had your procedure but the basics are pretty simple.

First, when you have your procedure most clinics will give you medications to take for the first few days. These usually include, but are not limited to, anti-biotics, pain killers and sleeping pills. Anti-biotics are usually only given as a precaution against infection as infections are relatively rare with today’s methods. The anti-biotic is usually a variant of penicillin. The first four or five days are when a patient is most susceptible to recipient site infection so this time period.

Pain killers are usually in the form of Tylenol 3 or some other prescription strength medication. Patients that visit better known clinics with solid reputations usually do not need to take pain killers but they are there just in case. The amount of pain killers will vary from enough for two or three days to enough for one week.

Sleeping pills are also not always needed but they can help the patient to relax and sleep soundly. This can be especially helpful when patients are particularly worried that they will damage their new hair grafts from too much tossing and turning in bed. Sleeping pills generally will put the patient into a deep enough sleep that they will wake up in the same position they fell asleep in thus reducing the chance that they will damage their new hair transplant grafts while sleeping.

Is a transplant hair right for you? When considering a response to that question, surely, many more questions enter your mind.

  • What will I look like after surgery?
  • Does  transplant hair surgery hurt?
  • Will people notice that I had a hair transplant?
  • How will having more hair impact my life?

The most important consideration when evaluating whether or not to proceed with  transplant hair surgery (or any cosmetic surgery for the matter) is the impact that the surgery will have on your life. In consideration of  transplant hair surgery, you need to ask yourself, why do I want more hair and how will having more hair, lead to improvement in my life?

Although we all have personal motivations about body image, and prioritize looks and appearance differently, the desire to look good is not only built within our character, but has also become a national obsession.

Hair loss effects different people in different ways; some individuals feel that hair loss makes them look older; some individuals feel that members of the opposite sex are more attracted to individuals that have a full head of hair, sometimes hair loss may affect an individual’s career and the list of reasons can continue on and on. Only you know the true reasons for wanting more hair and it’s important that those reasons are taken into great consideration before proceeding with  transplant hair.

To assist with the visualization as to how you may look once your hair has fully grown in, in many instances,  transplant hairsurgeons are able to provide you with photos or videos of former patients within the same age group, hair loss pattern and similar hair color and thickness. As notated in other various articles on our site (Choosing a hair transplant surgeon) it is important to view these photos anyhow when you are interviewing your  transplant hair surgeon to assist with evaluating his or her hair transplant artistic abilities.

It is important to understand that you will have more hair (dramatically more hair depending on the amount of grafts you receive) should you elect to proceed with  transplant hair surgery. So the question isn’t whether or not hair transplants provide results, the question is, why do you want more hair?

Once you have decided that having more hair will improve your life, continue to read through the various articles within our site. Such articles will provide you with assistance as to the related costs of hair transplant surgery, questions to ask your  transplant hair surgeon(s), the differences in the various  transplant hair techniques and a variety of other hair transplant related articles.


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