Smoking and Hair Transplantation Can you?
If you have done a little research on hair transplant, you have surely had the question of whether Can I smoke after or before the hair transplant?. Well, in this article we will help you to know more about this.
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If you are a smoker, you need to be aware of the effects that cigarettes, cigar, pipe, etc. have on hair transplantation. Smoking greatly affects hair loss to begin with, and it can also have negative effects on your hair transplant surgery.
The risks of smoking
Smoking is the leading cause of many serious illnesses. It negatively affects your respiratory system, making it difficult to breathe after prolonged use. It can also increase the risk of many types of cancer, as well as cause cardiovascular disease.
According to the latest statistics on smoking, it is responsible for about 20% of deaths from heart disease in the United States alone.
But how can smoking affect hair loss?
It negatively affects blood circulation, preventing the hair follicles from receiving enough oxygen, thus causing their death. This is because nicotine constricts blood vessels, and carbon monoxide also decreases the blood's ability to carry oxygen.
This is all very alarming when it comes to transplant hair. If you smoke cigarettes, your hair transplant area will suffer from a lack of oxygen, which will prolong the healing time. This increases the risk of infection after surgery.
Should I avoid smoking before the procedure? Should I quit smoking after surgery? How long should you wait? Is it dangerous to start smoking after the intervention?
Take a look at the answers to all these questions, so that you can increase the chances of your hair transplant being successful.
Can I smoke after or before the hair transplant?
Yes but ...
Since smoking negatively affects blood circulation, it is strongly recommended NOT to smoke before or after hair transplantation.
We advise you to avoid cigarettes two weeks before the procedure (at least) and two to three months after surgery.
However, you will experience much better results if you abstain from smoking for several months before and after your hair transplant.
What happens if you smoke?
If you decide to continue smoking before or after the procedure, you may you do not get the desired and desired results. It would compromise your blood circulation, so your newly transplanted hair would not receive the oxygen it needs to grow properly.
Furthermore, you expose your body to the only severe complication: Necrosis.
The implanted hair grafts need oxygen and all the nutrients that it carries with it.
You simply cannot get these nutrients if you allow the nicotine and other toxins in cigarette smoke to constrict your blood vessels. Therefore smoking can prevent the healthy growth of your transplanted hair.
This lack of oxygen too can prolong the healing process and recovery after surgery. If the surgical incisions take longer to heal, the risk of developing an infection is higher. That is why you should seriously consider abstaining from smoking both before and after your hair transplant.
When can I go back to smoking after hair transplantation?
No one can stop you from smoking if you don't want to quit. Given the potential risks, you should avoid it, but the final decision is entirely up to you.
If you decide to start smoking again after your hair transplant, you should wait at least two weeks to do so. This will give the transplanted hair grafts and surgical incisions enough time to heal so that the chances of infection are not increased.
It is advisable that you do not smoke for several weeks or months after treatment to ensure your full recovery but, again, the decision is yours and yours alone.
What do I have to pay attention to?
You have to pay attention to your diet, you must completely exclude coffee and alcohol. Avoid strenuous activities for a week, do not touch the hair grafts until your doctor says you can wash your hair, and do not lie face down. Also, avoid sun exposure and sunbathing for at least three months.
If you have any further questions about the effects of hair transplant smoking or anything else related to surgery, don't hesitate to contact us.
Why is it recommended to quit smoking after hair transplant?
This is because cigarette smoke reduces tissue oxygenation, thus decreasing follicle survival after implantation.
Most importantly, it increases risks unnecessarily.
Now you know that you can NOT smoke after hair transplantation.
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