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Does Smoking Effect Growth from a Hair Transplant?

8/6/2009 12:06:14 PM

Question:

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?

Answer:

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.

Bill Seemiller - Associate Publisher


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