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March 20th, 2017

Dr. Wolfeld answers a common question about limiting smoking before and after a hair transplant procedure and how it can benefit the outcome of the procedure.

Transcript of the video:

Another question that comes up during a consultation for patients is regarding smoking. Patients ask when should we stop smoking — if I’m a smoker will that affect the outcome of my hair transplant procedure? And it may.

What smoking does is that it can constrict the small blood vessels that enter the scalp, and therefore there is less blood getting to the scalp and to the healing grafts after a hair transplant. It may affect the growth of the grafts, and it may delay wound healing, and it may slightly increase the risk of infection.

So, in general, it’s best to stop smoking for as long a period of time as possible, both before and after a procedure. We usually recommend people stop at least two weeks before and don’t resume for at least two weeks after a hair transplant.

We provide comprehensive resources and instructions for all patients verbally and in writing as well as via our website. Visit these pages for more information:

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