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Can Smoking Stunt Hair Transplant Growth?

3/15/2009 1:26:27 PM

Question:

After hair transplant surgery, I've had a problem quitting smoking. It's only been 2.5 months, but I see little hair growth so far. If I were to quit smoking now, would that help them grow? Will smoking kill the grafts or are they alive?

Answer:

Though smoking isn't good for your overall health and we'd recommend quitting for that fact alone, smoking after your hair transplant surgery won't prevent hair regrowth.

Two and half months after surgical hair restoration is still very early and it's unlikely that even the most healthy person would see any new growth at this point. Transplanted hair regrowth typically starts between three and five months and takes up to a full year and sometimes beyond to mature.

Rest assured, the transplanted hair follicles are alive and well underneath the scalp and will start to grow in a few weeks to a couple months.

Bill
Associate Publisher/Editor


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