Smoking Marijuana 3 days after FUE transplant??

What will happen to the hair if one is to smoke marijuana 3 days after FUE HT?

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You should wait a while longer. There's no study to confirm it but smoking causes constriction of blood flow which certainly won't help your transplants. Marijuana is probably not as detrimental as cigarettes but again there aren't any studies that confirm this. I would recommend waiting at least a month when your grafts are essentially identical to your natural hair, just to be on the safe side.

Santa Monica Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Grafts or weed

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        In general smoking is not a healthy vice to have. Smoking will decrease the oxygen blood levels and decrease blood flow to a healing wound.  We recommend patients refrain from smoking 3 days prior to surgery and hold off for a week afterward.    Your hair grafts will thank you!!!!

Parsa Mohebi, MD
Beverly Hills Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Smoking is not recommended after surgery. This includes smoking marijuana. If you are concerned, don't do it.

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Smoking is not recommended after surgery.  This includes smoking marijuana.  If you are concerned, don't do it.  

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 106 reviews


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I would not recommend smoking anything for at least the first week, as your body is healing after transplant. You decrease the amount of blood flow and oxygen that goes to the grafts, which can lead to poor graft growth. We don't yet know the effect of marijuana on hair growth, and you just made a big investment! It's not worth the risk. 

Rae Lynne Kinler, MD
Chicago Physician

Probably not a good idea

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I agree with Dr. Rassman -- there are no studies so we can't tell you for sure.  What I can tell you though is that anything that may make you cough will increase the pressure in your scalp and could potentially dislodge the grafts.  You are making a big investment in your hair -- don't screw it up!

Robert S. Houser, DO
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Smoking pot three days after transplant

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The official stance is it is not a good idea; however, there is no documentation that say this so I can't prove that this is bad for you

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Smoking after a transplant.

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Smoking causes constriction of blood vessels and decreased blood flow to the scalp which can contribute to poor wound healing after a hair transplant and can increase the chance of a wound infection and scarring. Smoking may also contribute to poor hair growth. I recommend patients use the transplant as an incentive to quit smoking or wait 2 weeks before smoking. 

Justin Misko, MD
Lincoln Hair Restoration Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

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