Does Smoking Effect Growth from a Hair Transplant?

8/6/2009 12:06:14 PM


I'm considering a hair transplant and am concerned that smoking might prevent hair growth. Do I have to quit smoking for a successful hair restoration?


Though patients who quit smoking are benefiting their overall health, many people who smoke have had successful hair transplants and maximum growth yield. Most clinics will advice to quit smoking for a period of time prior to surgery. The period of time varies from clinic to clinic.

Smoking can slow down the healing process and possibly increase the risk of infection. Also, since smoking decreases oxygen delivery in small blood vessels a, some physicians have expressed concern about decreased graft survival rates in densely packed patients.

However, the scalp is extremely vascular and I haven't seen any reported problems from patients who smoke.


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    Bill was the managing publisher of the Hair Transplant Network and The Hair Loss Learning Center. He is 4 time hair transplant patient and has over 15,000 helpful posts on our hair restoration discussion forum. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a Master’s in Christian Counseling. In addition to his work in helping hair loss experiencing men and women finding the best hair transplant surgeons, he helps people with various addiction and mental health related issues in his free time. He enjoys weight lifting, kickboxing, movies, researching conspiracy related topics and spending time with his family.