Should You or Should You Not Drive After Your Hair Transplant Operation? Even though it may seem unimportant, whether you can drive yourself to your surgical appointment and after that, home, is a frequently asked question by patients who will undergo this operation. It is, indeed, a good and important question you need to think about before your surgery. You should know if you will be able to drive and take care of yourself while doing so.
It is natural that you come to your surgical appointment by yourself, either because you live alone and do not have anyone to accompany you or you do not want people to know that you will undergo a hair transplant operation and you might want to reconsider your options.
Local Anesthesia Effect
Usually, there are not any necessities that will forbid you from driving and some patients do, in fact, drive themselves to and from their appointment. A hair transplant operation is done under local anesthesia or numbing medication, which does a great job ensuring that you do not feel a thing during your surgery, just like the medication the dentists use to numb patients for a cavity. This medication does not interfere with your level of consciousness.
Contrary to general anesthesia given under the watch of an anesthesiologist, which puts you to sleep and requires recovery time after it, you are completely awake and aware of what is going on around you. You do not get affected by any other way than being numb in the place where the medication is applied. This means that there is no time needed before or after your hair transplant operation for you to recover yourself from being confused or dizzy. Therefore, you can drive. But sometimes hair restoration operations might be performed under strong sedation. If you are going to be given a sedative, you will not be able to drive for the next 24 hours following your operation.
However, there may be some additional medication that you need to take on the day of the operation that will affect your consciousness and focus. Your doctor may give you some anti-anxiety medication if you feel anxious due to the operation you will be undergoing. This type of medication is from the benzodiazepine family and you may be familiar with them by known brands such as Xanax or Valium. Doctors recommend that you do not drive when you are on this type of medication, since they may interfere with your abilities.
However, these medications get out of your system pretty fast and they are usually given early in the morning. The medication might get cleared by the time you are ready to go home and you will not have any side effects of the medication such as fatigue or focusing problems. You may also be given pain medications after your hair transplant operation.
They are usually for you to take them when you get home and feel uncomfortable pain, but if you are going to take them right after your operation you will not be able to drive. These pain medications stay in your system for much longer compared to anxiety medications and if you choose to take them right after your operation, you need to make sure there is someone with you who can drive you back home.
Either way, you need to make sure that you agree on whether you will drive home or have someone drive you with your doctor. After your hair transplant operation, be honest with your doctor and tell them if you feel like you will not be able to drive home in order not to cause any danger to yourself or others. In such a case, it is better that you call a cab or an Uber to go home.
If you have a long way to go home, you should probably not drive by yourself, you might want to take a friend or family member with you or choose to stay somewhere close to the place that you have your appointment. Because, after your anesthesia medication loses its effectiveness you may start feeling pain. If you have a friend or family member to drive the long-distance, you can take pain medication and rest inside the car. Keep in mind that you should not take pain medication while driving.
Another thing you might want to consider is your personal resistance and how easily you get tired or fatigued. Patients might feel really tired after the hair transplant operation. Some of the patients may have a higher tolerance, while others do not. Therefore, you should know your body and how you respond to these kinds of situations and decide whether you can drive or not by considering this fact. If you get tired and lose focus quickly after strenuous events you should take driving out of the picture and find someone who will drive you home after your hair transplant operation.
In conclusion, when all of this considered you can drive yourself to and from your hair transplant surgery, provided that you consider every fact about your own situation and how comfortable you are with the idea of driving after surgery and then, determine whether or not to have a chaperone with you.