Smoking and Drinking Can Affect the Course of Your Hair Transplant Surgery

Smoking and Drinking Can Affect the Course of Your Hair Transplant Surgery
Hair Transplantation

Smoking and Drinking Can Affect the Course of Your Hair Transplant Surgery

Whether your smoke or drink alcoholic beverages recently may be some of the questions that you will be asked before you undergo hair transplant surgery. Some physicians have even taken to asking whether you take any herbal supplements. It seems that many patients fail to see why these are relevant questions, they are very important to ask though for successful surgery however. This article will tell you exactly why.

Questions Asked Before Hair Transplant Surgery?

  1. What Vitamins Supplements do you consume?
  2. Do you take any herbal products?
  3. Whether you take any recreational drugs, for example cannabis or cocaine.
  4. How much alcohol you consume on a regular basis.
  5. How much you smoke.

These may seem like the doctor is prying into your private life. However knowing these answers to these questions can help prevent bleeding or 'oozing' both before, and after the operation has taken place. I know it can seem embarrassing to admit to some of the questions, but remember that the physician needs to know, they honestly won't tell anybody. Your life may depend on giving truthful answers to these questions. You will generally be asked them during your pre-surgical examination.

If you are taking prescribed medicine you will need to supply your hair transplantation specialist with the name. If you are unable to do so you may call back at a later date and provide it. If this is still impossible then the physician will be able to get in touch with your doctor and find out exactly what drug was prescribed and for what ailment.

If the risk factor for heavy bleeding during surgery is too high then the surgery may be postponed. In the days and weeks leading up to the surgery you will be asked to cut down, and ultimately discontinue whichever habits are putting the surgery at risk. Hair Transplant Surgery may fail if your body 'oozes' as the hair grafts will be unable to attach themselves to the scalp.

How does Tobacco Smoking affect your hair transplant surgery?

Tobacco will contribute towards blood circulation problems, which can in turn lead to heavy bleeding. The blood vessels around your scalp will also become more 'elastic' which will cause a reduced amount of blood to reach the skin, thereby increasing the chances of transplant failure.

Physicians do understand that it is not easy to give up smoking, however they will explain the risks of it and how it will cause the hair transplant surgery to fail if you do not give up. If you still refuse to give up then I really do suggest that you give this type of surgery another thought, it may not be for you.

How does Alcohol Consumption affect your hair transplant surgery?

Long term consumption of alcohol has been proven to stop blood clotting effectively, which of course puts you at risk of heavier bleeding, in fact even a single dose of alcohol can increase the chances almost instantly for one or two hours. It is absolutely vital that you give up alcohol in the weeks leading up to your surgery; otherwise the physician will not want to proceed with it.

How can herbal products affect your hair transplant surgery?

Some herbal products are well known for reacting with prescription drugs, therefore increasing the chances of bleeding heavily. Some herbal products are able to do this without the aid of prescription drugs. Therefore it is vital that you stop taking them in the weeks leading up to your surgery, they really will do you no good in the grand scheme of things.

All of the other questions that your physician will ask you could also affect the chances of success with the surgery. It is incredibly important to be open and honest with your hair transplant surgeon, that way you stand a greater chance of ending up with the hair that you have always wanted.


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