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Can I Have Hair Trasplant While On Accutane?

Iam presently taking acctuane 30 mg daily. Iam 2 months into it. And probably it would be a 5 month course. Now i want to undergo Hair Transplant. Can I do so?? Is it safe? Or will it affect the healing ?

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You shouldn't have surgery while on Accutane.

You shouldn't have surgery while on Accutane.  It is always a good idea to let your doctor know you're on Accutane.  Accutane causes hair loss and it impairs wound healing.


Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Hair Transplantation and Accutane

I do not recommend this at all.  You should be off the Accutane for 6 months.  I had one procedure around 5 years ago performed on a patient who had stopped the Accutane 6 weeks prior, and he had significant crusting in the recipient site area.

Jeffrey Epstein, MD, FACS
Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Accutane Use and Hair Transplant

There is the rare case of accutane contributing to hair loss, but in most patients this is not a problem.  It still may be best to finish accutane before hair transplant just to be careful. 

Jack Fisher, MD
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
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Avoid Elective Procedures While On Accutane

I do not recommend you undergo hair transplantation or any elective procedures while on Accutane (isotretinoin).  Isotretinoin interferes with wound healing and will impair your healing and effect your results.  

Hair Transplant While On Accutane

No, you should not have hair transplant (or any other elective surgery) until you have been off Accutane for 6 to 12 months. This is due to the fact that Isotretinoin (Accutane) can interfere with wound healing, causing undue inflammation and even hypertrophic scarring. Hair transplantation, while minimally invasive (depending on the technique), is still a surgical procedure from which your body will need the proper care and internal environment to recover properly.

Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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Hair transplants While Taking Accutane

Accutane will adversely affect healing after hair transplant surgery. Wait 6-12 months after the Accutane before having hair replacement surgery.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Accutane and hair transplants

Most physician hair restoration specialists will advise you to postpone your surgical hair restoration for another 6 to 12 months after you complete or stop your Accutane treatment. 

Sheldon S. Kabaker, MD FACS
Oakland Facial Plastic Surgeon
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