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Can Smoking & Alcohol Hinder Hair Transplant Growth?

Smoking or alcohol consumption can have adverse effects on the outcomes of hair transplant. Before and after the surgery, you’re expected to stay away from both of these harmful habits. The surgeon at GLOJAS will ask you questions related to smoking, alcohol consumption or medicines that you take before the surgery.


Hair restoration treatment is performed to remove baldness problems. It’s a minimal invasive surgical procedure that is performed in multiple sessions and outpatient basis. There are some precautions and steps recommended by the surgeon that you need to follow before and after the treatment. The surgeon will also ask you minor, but important details about your lifestyle.


Some important questions about your lifestyle that will be asked by the surgeon


  1. Do you smoke?

  2. Do you Consume alcohol?

  3. What medicines do you take?

  4. Do you utilize any type of herbal food item?


These questions are generally asked not only before hair restoration surgery, but in fact before any kind of surgery. Many people wonder what the relation between smoking, drinking and surgery is. Or, why do they need to disclose the medications, herbal products or vitamin supplements they take in front of the transplant surgeon?


  1. The major connection between these lifestyle habits of a person and surgery is that these might cause excessive bleeding before and after the operation. This is the main reason why doctor will ask some thorough questions like 
  2. Do you smoke if yes, then how much and since when?
  3. Do you drink alcohol if yes, then how many times in a day and since when?
  4. Do you use any banned recreational drugs if yes, then how many times in a day and since when?
  5. Are there any prescribed medicines that you take?
  6. Do you take any non-prescribed medicines or painkillers?
  7. Do you take any vitamin supplements?
  8. Do you consume any herbal products?


While these questions are asked, the patient needs to be honest and straightforward in their answers, regardless of how embarrassed he/she feels. Patients who realize that smoking and alcohol consumption are usually viewed as unhealthy habits might be unwilling to admit to the surgeon that they’ve these bad habits, or to admit the amount or rate they drink or smoke.  


In a pre-surgery examination, the surgeon needs true answers for all of these questions. The intention of the surgeon is not to ask to change the habits of the patient, but to ensure that these habits don’t interfere in the Hair Transplant surgery results and don’t cause excessive bleeding before or after the treatment session.


Patients must be genuinely honest while speaking to the top hair transplant surgeon at GLOJAS. They must tell their surgeons all the prescribed or over-the-counter medications he/she has been taking. The patient should also give details about herbal products, or vitamin supplements they have been consuming.  


In some cases, it’s possible that the patients might not remember the name of the medicines they have been consuming, so the surgeon may ask patients to show the medicines or ask them to get the name of the medicine.


Consult for FREE at GLOJAS Hair Specialist Clinic. We provide the best solution-oriented hair transplant with our specialist doctors experts in their fields, treating all of our patients with honest, trustworthy, ethical, and equal service of the highest quality, meeting all the required national and international standards.

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