You’ve planned the perfect day, and made all the meticulous preparations required for the very special occasion. You’re not sure if you can dye your hair before surgery and want to find out more about how to go about with this.
The short answer is yes, it’s fine to dye your hair before surgery.
One of the most common questions we get is whether or not you can dye your hair before surgery. The reason people ask this question is because they don’t want to have to deal with a big change in their appearance while they are healing from surgery and having to take extra time off work.
- The good news is that there are many different types of dyes out there and depending on what type of dye you use and how long you leave it on, you should be completely fine going under the knife with recently dyed hair.
- For example, if you use one of the newer “temporary” dyes that wash out after a few washes, then there shouldn’t be any issue whatsoever. In fact, these types of dyes are often used by women who want to temporarily change their hair color for an event or occasion without having to worry about the color fading or being too permanent.
- Some people prefer using permanent dyes over temporary ones because they won’t have as much of an impact on how long their hair stays fresh looking between salon visits (as opposed to using box colors).
The length of time you have to wait varies depending on the type of procedure.
- If you’re having a simple surgery, like a tonsillectomy or knee arthroscopy, your doctor will probably tell you to wait two weeks before dyeing your hair. However, this will depend on the type of anesthesia used, as well as other factors.
- For more complicated procedures, like heart surgery or brain surgery, you may need to wait longer — sometimes up to three months — before dying your hair. In some cases, patients may not be able to dye their hair at all during the recovery period.
- The reason for this is because certain medical procedures can interfere with how your body metabolizes certain chemicals in dyes. These chemicals include phenylenediamine (PPD), a common ingredient found in permanent dyes used to darken or change the color of your locks.
If the procedure requires general anesthesia, they might ask you not to eat or drink after midnight.
If you have to dye your hair before surgery, you will likely be able to do so. However, many surgeons want patients to avoid dying their hair before surgery because it can cause complications with anesthesia.
For example, if the procedure requires general anesthesia, they might ask you not to eat or drink after midnight. This is because some dyes contain peroxides that can increase swelling in the body and make it harder for doctors to monitor vital signs during surgery.
Another reason why doctors may ask you not to dye your hair before surgery is because of a risk of an allergic reaction. Although it’s rare, certain dyes can cause serious reactions in some people that can lead to anaphylactic shock and even death
If your doctor does not request that you don’t dye your hair before surgery, there are a few things that you should keep in mind:
- Make sure that the dye does not contain peroxides or ammonia (unless instructed otherwise by your doctor). If it does, try another brand or ask your doctor if there are any alternatives available.
- If possible, wait at least three weeks before dying your hair again after having undergone a medical procedure requiring general anesthesia (in case there are any negative consequences).
The anesthesiologist may recommend that you wait 24 hours after color processing before having anesthesia.
The anesthesiologist may recommend that you wait 24 hours after color processing before having anesthesia. This is because the peroxide in hair dye can affect how the body responds to the anesthesia.
Hair dyes are often loaded with chemicals that are absorbed into your skin and bloodstream. Hair dyes can include:
- Parabens, which can cause allergic reactions, skin irritation and contact dermatitis.
- Phenylenediamines (PPD), which can cause allergic reactions, chemical burns and hypersensitivity reactions.
- Resorcinol, which has been associated with aplastic anemia (a blood disorder).
Rinse the color from your hair the night before your appointment.
If you’re getting a procedure that requires you to have an IV, it’s important to remove any hair dye from your locks.
Rinse the color from your hair the night before your appointment. This will ensure that the dye has been washed out of your hair. You may have to use several shampoos and conditioners in order to achieve this. Once you’ve finished rinsing out the last shampoo or conditioner, use cold water on a towel to dry off as much moisture as possible. This will help keep your scalp cool during surgery, which can help reduce pain and swelling afterward.
Wash out any hair color using warm water and a special shampoo designed for people with dark skin tones or dark-colored hair. This helps prevent any staining or discoloration during surgery and afterward when you apply cold compresses to the incision site(s).