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Are you Diabetic? This is What You Must Know Before a Hair Transplant

Are you Diabetic? This is What You Must Know Before a Hair Transplant

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Are you diabetic? Do you have diabetic symptoms? Which treatment course are you undergoing and for how long have you been diabetic? These and related questions shouldn’t surprise you before a hair transplant procedure. You might have heard that diabetic patients can’t undergo a hair transplant procedure, but let’s understand the actual core of the phrase.

A diabetic patient can only undergo a hair transplant once certain medical conditions are known and cleared. Similarly, the procedure must be conducted by an experienced hair transplant surgeon. However, when shouldn’t a diabetic patient get a hair transplant?

  • When he or she is a Type 3/a diabetic patient. This is one who requires insulin alongside other medications to control their blood sugar levels.

  • When he or she is a Type 3/b patients- these are diabetic patients with uncontrollable blood sugar levels regardless of the medications used and the control measures utilized.

  • Some type 1 diabetic patients.

Diabetic patients who can undergo a hair transplant procedure

  • Diabetic patients who can control the disease with diet and exercises without medical intervention.

  • Patients who have diabetes in their family, but aren’t diabetic.

  • Patients who can control their diabetes with simpler medications.

What you must know about hair transplants in Diabetic patients

A hair transplant can lead to an increase in the cortizol levels, glucagon hormone, and somatotropin, a growth hormone. These all together lead to an increase in the sugar levels and a low insulin production. Therefore, insulin requirement during the procedure is assured.

Normally, an insulin dose before the procedure is given to a patient, but may not make any difference for the entire procedure to be conducted.

Your procedure may last for 7 or 8 hours and therefore, pre-operation instructions and post-operation guidelines must be clearly outlined and understood by a patient.

Prior to the procedure, the hair transplant surgeon must inform the patient about the hair transplant possibilities.

This is how a hair transplant is conducted in a diabetic patient

  • It must be noted that hair transplant procedures in diabetic patients require a different approach and throughout the procedure, you are extremely monitored.

  • Before the procedure, regular blood tests must be conducted and a patient monitored by the surgeon.

  • Your insulin levels must be controlled and managed with the injections as per your blood sugar levels.

  • A colugos injection will be prepared and used during the procedure in case necessary to stabilize your blood sugar levels.

After the procedure

Professionally, a patient must be monitored for a few hours after the procedure. Generally, the FUE procedures aren’t associated with an array of side effects since they take a relatively short period, but with the FUT procedure, a patient might experience;

  • An increase in the blood sugar levels or a decrease

  • Ketoacidosis acid sugar that can become a life-threatening condition.

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