I had hair transplantation before 1 & half month. I started smoking 4 days after surgery.. Any suggestions?
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Smoking 4 days after an ARTAS hair restoration procedure?
Thank you for writing in with your question. Smoking causes a constriction of a specific set of blood vessels which include the blood vessels responsible for feeding your new grafts. Once planted, the grafts are actively looking for a new blood supply, since the blood supply from the scalp was cut off during the surgery. The body responds by sending blood vessels to the new graft, and restoring blood flow to the hair follicle. This process is completed by about day 7 or 8. Smoking just 4 days after a procedure can decrease the rate of growth of your grafts. My suggestion is that you stop smoking altogether, as smoking has been found to be a cause of hair loss itself. The final results from your hair restoration will not be evident for 8-15 months following your procedure. The best thing to do is stop smoking and wait until the hair has fully grown in. If you are not satisfied with the density in the recipient area, my suggestion is to see the physician who performed your surgery and discuss it with him or her. I hope this information is helpful to you.
Smoking after surgery
Smoking after a hair transplant procedure
Smoking causes constriction of blood vessels and
decreased blood flow to the scalp, predominantly due to its nicotine content.
Also, carbon monoxide in smoke decreases the oxygen carrying capacity of the
blood. These factors both 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. Although it is not known exactly how long one
should avoid smoking before and after a hair transplant, a common recommendation
is to abstain from 1 week prior to surgery to 2 weeks after the hair
At 1 ½ months it is too soon to evaluate the outcome of
your surgery. I would recommend waiting
at least 10-12 months and following up with the surgeon who performed your
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