The team at True & Dorin Medical Group has helped patients from all over New York City and Long Island, NY experience the benefits of professional hair restoration techniques. Thanks to follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplant surgery, patients have full, natural-looking heads to hair again.
After FUE is completed, Dr. Robert H. True and Dr. Robert J. Dorin provide patients with various instructions regarding the use of medications during recovery. We would like to go over a few of the basics when it comes to these issues below.
The Role of Medications After FUE
Certain medications are prescribed or recommended to hair transplant patients in order to increase the chances of successful treatment and to minimize the risk of complications. The ultimate goal is to ensure that patients heal quickly and free from serious health issues.
If you are prescribed or recommended any medications for your FUE recovery, be sure to take them as directed and to not exceed the recommended dosage. With that in mind, here are a few of the most commonly recommended medications after FUE has been performed.
Pain Medication After FUE
Soreness of the scalp is common after FUE, both in the donor site as well as the portions of the scalp where the hair grafts were transplanted. Surgeons may prescribe a pain killer or recommend specific over-the-counter pain medications for these issues.
If you use over-the-counter pain medications, avoid aspirin and ibuprofen as these pain medications can thin the blood and lead to excessive bleeding from the scalp.
Antibiotics After FUE
There’s a risk of infection following any sort of surgical procedure, and hair transplants are no exception. That’s why oral and topical antibiotics may be given to our patients from NYC and Long Island. The topical antibiotic ointment will be used on the donor area of the scalp to help with the healing process.
Anti-Inflammatory Drugs After FUE
To help manage swelling, it’s not uncommon for anti-inflammatory drugs to be used. As with all of the other medications noted above, be sure to use these anti-inflammatory drugs as directed.
Sleep Medication After FUE
If the pain patients experience is pronounced after surgery, a sleep aid may be prescribed to help with the first few nights. Getting a restful sleep is crucial for quick recovery. Sleep aids are not always common for patients, and its use will vary on a case by case basis.
What About Prescription Medications I Used Before Surgery?
You should ask your hair transplant surgeon if any prescription drugs or supplements can be used again after FUE is completed. Some patients may be advised to wait a few days before they resume taking supplements or prescription drugs just to avoid potential complications.
For example, patients should not take any blood thinners or vitamins in the first 72 hours or so after their hair transplant. Both can lead to thinning of the blood and additional issues with healing.
Learn More About FUE
For more information about FUE and what you can expect following surgery, be sure to contact a skilled hair restoration specialist. The team at True & Dorin Medical Group helps people from NYC, Long Island, and elsewhere. Schedule a consultation by phone at (866) 629-0866.