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Why You Should Avoid Alcohol and Tobacco Use after Hair Transplant Surgery

4/26/2017 10:16:29 PM

Physicians typically advise patients against the use of tobacco products and alcohol for a Pperiod of time after hair transplant surgery. The recommended period of abstinence varies from clinic to clinic so it’s important that you communicate with your hair restoration physician and understand his or her specific instructions.

Some patients find it difficult to avoid drinking and smoking, even for a few days or weeks and this can be compounded during holiday celebrations, etc. Understanding how tobacco and alcohol affect post-surgical healing may help patients to resist the urge to indulge while their fragile grafts are healing and taking root.


Consuming alcohol is known to increase the risk of excess bleeding after surgery by weakening the process of blood clotting. It is often recommended to avoid drinking alcohol both before and after surgery until healing is complete.


The negative effects of smoking on the body are widely documented. Nicotine in cigarettes or other smoked tobacco can affect blood circulation increasing the risk of excessive bleeding. It may also reduce blood supply to the newly transplanted follicular unit grafts by affecting the elasticity of small blood vessels.


For most patients, hair transplant surgery represents a huge investment in time and money. Following your surgeon’s pre and post-operative care instructions will help to ensure the best possible outcome in terms of hair growth and healing. If you are in doubt, contact your doctor.

Written and Published by David - Assistant Publisher of the Hair Transplant Network and the Hair Loss Learning Center.