Smoking and the hair transplant: inconveniences 

In the field of hair transplant a lot of doubts can emerge. one of them occurs while being a smoker. we all know that this act endangers our health, even causing cancer. Today we bring the inconveniences of smoking and the hair transplant.

To a constant smoker is pretty hard to stop smoking, so it would be a miracle to ask the patient to stop this habit before the surgery and not do it after. nevertheless we need to say that this scenario is the best one. diverse studies reflect the difficulty of cicatrization of the tissues, also worsening alopecia by advancing it.

It will be advisable to stop smoking at least a week or two beforehand. Any consumption of toxins can bother in the surgery and its posterior cicatrization and evolution. Between the failures that could occur one will be the anesthetic. While being a minor ambulatory surgery and the quantity of anesthetic being low these harmful substances can lessen the effect of the anesthetic or not have the desired effect.

During surgery it could generate an increase of bleeding that could be excessive. This is because of the difficulty of cicatrization caused by tobacco use. And this not only will affect the surgery, also the cicatrization of the new follicles, because of the low oxygen in blood, it will be slower. The follicles could die or fall.

When should i stop smoking before the hair transplant?

The ideal will be stopping consuming tobacco and alcohol and other harmful substances days before the intervention. As a minimum, it is advised to stop 7 days before and continue for another 7 days after the surgery. Nevertheless, for your own safety, it will be best if you stop as soon as possible and not going back to that habit for the rest of your life.

As we say, smoking could lead to complications in the surgery and the evolution of the patient. From the Instituto Medico del Prado, you will be asked in the diagnostic consultation and valuation of your harmful habits (alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs). It will be necessary that it is explained with full sincerity for a correct diagnostic and surgery.

Frequently asked questions

Should i stop smoking before the hair transplant surgery?

Not smoking is something hard, although is not obligatory it is advised leaving this bad habit at least a week before. complications will be avoided during surgery and post evolution.

Should i tell the doctor if im a smoker or consume other harmful substances?

Yes, it is with upmost importance notifying in the diagnostic consultation and valuation of these substances. With this the doctor could adapt the techniques and anesthetic that will be applied to the patient.

What can i do that helps in the healing after the hair transplant?

In addition to try and leave this habit of smoking and consuming harmful substances, vitamin C can be recommended on the days before and after it. thanks to this vitamin complex that you can acquire in any pharmacy, the healing could be better.

Does Doctor Espinosa Custodio make capillary transplants to smokers?

Yes, Doctor Espinosa Custodio accepts smoking patients as candidates to capillary transplant. Although in this case, as with the ones that do not take the medication, the warranty that Instituto Medico del Prado offers may be voided.

Dr. Espinosa Custodio works at Instituto Médico del Prado, his hair clinic in Madrid, and performs hair transplants in Mexico, twice a year. If you would like to make an appointment, you can contact us on +34 912 468 664, on WhatsApp +34 627 396 322 or on the contact page of our website. From Mexico you can contact us at +52 55 4590 9909.

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