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If you smoke, drink alcohol and take medication it could effect your hair restoration surgery, please read

A patient who is undergoing hair transplant surgery will be asked a number of questions relating to their lifestyle habits such as do you smoke? Do you drink alcohol? Do you use herbal health food products? But what do all these have in connection with hair transplant surgery and what difference would it make if a patient did smoke, drink or use herbal products?

The reason for these questions are asked and the connection between them is their ability to contribute to bleeding during and after surgery as well as causing oozing after the operation. The following typical questions would be asked prior to hair transplant surgery or any type of surgery for that matter:

Do you smoke-if so, how much and for how long?
Do you drink alcoholic beverages-if so, how much and for how long?
Do you use so-called recreational drugs such as cocaine?
What prescribed medications do you take?
What over-the-counter (non-prescribed) medications do you take regularly?
What vitamin supplements do you take?
What, if any, herbal products do you consume?

The surgeon will need truthful answers based on the questions asked to access how much bleeding will be expected in the surgery and to anticipated how much bleeding and oozing there will after. Patients are asked to be as honest as possible for their own protection even if they feel embarrassed by their honesty.

Some Major Risk Factors for Excessive Surgical and Post-Surgical Bleeding

Smoking Tobacco


Due the the dose of nicotine and other harsh chemicals can contribute to disorders in the blood circulation which then increases the blood flow and risk for excessive bleeding. Smoking tobacco can also reduce the elasticity in small blood vessels in the skin which can diminish the blood supply to hair transplants which then can result in transplant failure. Some patients who smoke and heavy smokers may be asked to stop smoking for a period of up to 7 weeks prior to the hair transplant, however smoking can be very hard to give up especially for heavy smokers. You can find free help and services to help you stop smoking from the NHS by clicking here.

Drinking Alcohol 


The ethanol which is the form of alcohol found in beer, wines and harsh liquors is a well known contributing fact to excessive bleeding. Ethanol impairs blood clotting because of its effect on the blood palates, you can find out more information and facts on this by clicking here. A single portion of ethanol can increase the risk of excessive bleeding within 1 to 2 hours, however if a patient stops drinking days or weeks prior to surgery they can reduce these risks for excessive bleeding. For free help and advice to stop drinking please visit: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/alcohol/Pages/Tipsoncuttingdown.aspx

Prescription medication 


There is a large number of prescription medications that are known to increase bleeding and for some of this medications the bleeding can increase if the user is taking a higher dosage, the higher the dosage the higher the risk. A vast amount of these medications also have cross-re-activity with other drugs and herbal products which can can increase or diminish the effects of the drugs and increase or diminish their effects on blood coagulation.

The surgeon may recommend over the counter aspirin for patients who are at risk of excessive bleeding to help prevent blood clots.

Other contributing factors to excessive bleeding during and after surgery are: vitamin supplements, over the counter medications, recreational drugs and herbal products. If you are concerned about any of these factors having an effect on you and your hair transplant surgery please contact us on 0800 043 0993.

Source and full article: www.ishrs.org/article/smoking-drinking-medications-and-herbal-products-can-all-affect-course-your-hair-restoration 

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