Pre-Operative Instructions

A successful hair transplant surgery is a teamwork. Despite the fact that it is a medical procedure performed by our team of highly qualified doctors, it requires you to follow some instructions down to the last word in order to ensure that you get the best possible experience and favorable results. In order to make it convenient and clear, we have compiled a set of instructions that we expect from our patients as per a stipulated timeline. This chronological approach to the medical procedure will help you prioritize things, make them streamlined and prepare you for the day of the surgery.


Approaching the surgical procedure and preparing for it two weeks in advance will give you plenty of time to come to terms with what it entails.

  • Medication: To help us profile you well, you are requested to inform our office of any medications that you have been using, which includes both prescription and over the counter medications. Based on this consultation, we might have to ask you to discontinue some of the medicines. We can also suggest alternatives for some medication that cannot be discontinued.
  • Vitamin E and Fish Oil: If you have been using vitamin E and fish oil, it has to be stopped with immediate effect two weeks before.
  • Plan Ahead, Make Arrangements: Planning is the key and we encourage you to make arrangements to be on time on the dayof surgery. We are bound by time frames. If you are not able to make it on time, we would have to postpone the appointment for the surgery. Make sure that you do not book your return flight before 12 noon on the next day after the surgery.


  • Stop Taking Aspirin: Aspirin or any other medication containing acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) should be stopped. Please make sure that any medication that you may use for common cold does not contain acetylsalicylic acid.
  • Shave your Body Donor Area: The candidates for body hair transplant should shave their body donor area at this time.


  • Color the Greys in Donor Area: To increase the visibility of hair follicles, it is recommended that you color any excessive grey hair in the donor area two days prior to the surgery.


  • Discontinue Ibuprofen and Naproxen: Use of any medication containing Ibuprofen and Naproxen should be stopped. If you need any help in understanding if any medicine that you use contains these compounds or not, do reach out to us for help.


  • Refrain from Alcohol Consumption: Ensure that you do not consume any alcohol.
  • Shampoo: Rinse your hair well with any mild shampoo and give the scalp a good cleaning. Using any hair products after rinse is not recommended.
  • Get a Good Night’s Sleep: Plentiful sleep is crucial to relieving stress and help ease any anxiety. A sound and restful sleep will help prepare you for the surgery.


  • No Exercise: Whether you are an ardent follower of a workout schedule or not, make sure that you don’t exercise on the night before or on the day of the surgery.
  • No Grooming Products: Please do not wear any cologne, aftershave, and perfume.
  • Shampoo: Shampoo your hair gently and make sure that you do not use any conditioner, hair gel or oil afterward.
  • Light Breakfast: If you are having a morning surgery, you are suggested to have a light breakfast.
  • Recommended Attire: You must not wear a top that has to be pulled over your head to be removed. A comfortable shirt, sweatshirt, or jacket with buttons or zippers is recommended.


  • Antibiotic Allergies: Allergies to antibiotics are a huge cause of concern, especially during a surgical procedure. If you are allergic to erythromycin, cefadroxil or penicillin, you are requested to duly notify us of the same for alternatives.
  • Prohibited Antidepressants: Discontinue usage of any m.a.o inhibitor, including Parnate, Marplan,and Niamid.
  • Anticoagulants: Three weeks prior to the surgery at the minimum, discuss any anticoagulants or blood thinners that you are taking with your consulting surgeon.
  • Clopidogrel or Plavix: Consult with the concerned physician about discontinuing Plavix. If your doctor suggests against discontinuing it, you must notify us at least five days before surgery.

At Reviva clinic, your comfort is our priority. We play soft instrumental music in our operating rooms to help you relax. If you wish to listen to your own favorite tunes, we encourage you to bring it along, and we will play it on our stereo equipment for you.Please reach out to us with any queries or concerns that you have without any hesitation.

Warm Regards

Reviva Clinic Team

Pre-Operative Instructions