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Role of Drugs in Hair Restoration Surgery

Various drugs play an important role in a hair restoration surgery and can be a key factor in the outcome of the operation. Before the operation the surgeon prescribes some drugs to the patient for the effectiveness of the surgery. At the same time he advises the patient to avoid some drugs.

Drugs to be avoided

There are many drugs that need to be avoided. They can have a negative impact on the outcome of the surgery. In case you are taking any drug you must inform your hair restoration surgeon about it.

There are many drugs that should be avoided before and just after the hair restoration surgery. Aspirin is a drug that should be avoided as it reduces clotting ability of blood, which can result in severe and prolonged bleeding after the operation.

Warfarin is another drug to be avoided as it has anti-coagulant characteristics that make it a no-no before the hair restoration surgery. Its anti-coagulant characteristic hampers blood clotting that can affect the operation. If the patient is taking the drug then often there is a test of his/her blood clotting ability. The test will determine whether the patient is fit for the hair transplants procedure in the first place.

Clopidogrel is also advised to avoid before the hair restoration surgery since it prevents the aggregation of platelets, tiny blood cells that clump together during blood clotting.

Before a hair restoration surgery St. John's Wort is avoided as it boosts drug metabolism and can dilute the effectiveness of anesthetics used in the surgery. Vitamin E derivative drugs are prohibited as they are likely to prolong post-surgery bleeding. The possibility of post-surgery bleeding is higher if you have Vitamin K deficiency. Consult your doctor even regarding the intake of food having high Vitamin E content. Vitamin B should be avoided as it is likely to increase bleeding.

Minoxidil is a drug that causes blood vessel dilation. Its use should be avoided before the hair restoration surgery. Besides, the patient should also avoid use of inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen, Alleve and Mortin.

Drugs helpful in the surgery

There are some drugs with potentially positive roles in hair restoration surgery. Minoxidil is a drug that stimulates hair growth in men suffering from pattern baldness. It is also beneficial for women and stimulates hair growth in the forehead area. However its faulty use may cause facial hair growth and other problems in women. Pregnant women should avoid the use of minoxidil.

Finasteride decreases the concentration of the male hormone DHT. The latter is a key factor in the scalp hair follicles miniaturization. Usually finasteride is not beneficial in treating female pattern baldness. It may have side effects like decreased libido and groin aches.

A combination of minoxidil and finasteride is more effective than the single use of any of the two. Other medications useful in the hair restoration surgery include Retin-A and Xandrox.
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