Awaiting a hair implant can be a stressful process. As well as the natural worries over any time you go under the knife, you’ll also be anxious to know if your hair will turn out well and look natural. Thankfully, as well as the many advances made in the field in recent years which give great results to huge numbers of people, there are also a few things you can do yourself.

If you’re wondering how to prepare yourself for your hair implant, what you need to do before, and what you should avoid, here’s everything you need to know, courtesy of the experts at DHI Manchester.

Your Hair

You should wash your hair before the day of your surgery and on the morning, but don’t be tempted to get a haircut before going in. You’ll want to leave the back and sides of your hair long enough to cover for the surgery, and also to hide the stitches afterwards.

Smoking and Drinking

It is advisable to refrain from drinking alcohol for a few days before the surgery, but it is especially important to stop smoking for the days leading up to the surgery, as this will restrict the flow of blood to the scalp and reduce the speed of your recovery. If you want to increase blood flow on top of this, you can massage your scalp for a few days prior to the surgery.


If you have a specific medical condition such as diabetes, you should speak to your doctor to receive advice on how to handle the procedure and what to do about your medication. However, you should avoid taking vitamin supplements, or beta blockers, aspirin, or any other blood-thinning drug before the surgery. If you have been advised by your doctor to take medication prior to the surgery, ensure that you follow the recommended dose.


You will receive information on what to do after surgery in order to achieve the smoothest recovery possible. However, it is important that beforehand you book time off work or other engagements to give yourself plenty of time to rest after the surgery has been finished. For more information, check out what to do and what to expect after your hair implant surgery. Any further questions? Feel free to contact us and let us help you with any concerns you may have.