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Cigarettes Bad for your Health and your Hair

Everyone, including smokers, knows that smoking is bad for your health, but what you may not realize is that smoking is bad for your hair as well. If you are a smoker and plan to get a hair transplant in the near future, it might be in your best interest to think twice about smoking before and after your surgery.

There are risks you should know about that could inevitably affect the outcome of your hair transplant. Because a hair transplant is such a substantial investment it is important to know what you can do to ensure that your hair transplant is successful. While your surgeon takes care of transplanting hairs, it is your job to do everything you can to ensure you get the most out of your transplant.

There are several reasons why you should quit smoking due to the adverse effects on the outcome of your surgery. One of these reasons is nicotine is a vasoconstrictor that causes the blood vessel walls to contract. This results in decreased blood flow and diminished distribution of oxygen throughout the body. Without the proper amount of life-giving oxygen and other important nutrients, the surgery can take longer to heal and grafts are less likely to survive. This means by continuing to smoke you may be wasting money and precious donor hairs needed for your transplant.

In order for the hair transplant to be successful, there must be ample blood supply available in the recipient area for each delicate hair graft. If there is not enough blood to support the grafts being transplanted, they will ultimately compete against each other for the underlying blood supply. Without proper nutrients, there could be less hair growth per graft due to compromised blood flow. In some cases the entire graft might fail to survive. This could result in undesirable gaps or spaces throughout the transplanted area. For smokers who continue to smoke long after the surgery, their hair follicles will continue to be compromised creating density issues that could have been avoided. Blood flow is vital to a successful transplant.

Another side effect of smoking is that there might be excessive bleeding and oozing in the recipient area that could prolong surgery time. With smoking patients, blood vessels are continuously constricted before surgery day due to presence of nicotine in the system. On the day of surgery, with the presence of nicotine blood vessels open up causing excessive bleeding to occur. Not only is a longer surgery uncomfortable for the patient, but it also threatens the survival of harvested grafts as they sit on the table waiting to be transplanted.

Finally, smoking can also negatively affect post-operative healing. Normally, healing on both the face and head is not an issue, but for smokers there is a higher risk of both scarring and infection. Scabs and crusts in the recipient area remain longer, which can cause unsightly scarring to occur. Some surgeons believe that even diabetics have more successful hair transplants than smokers.
If you are a smoker who cannot stop the bad habit and wish to get a hair transplant, the good news is that you don't have to quit smoking altogether. Most hair transplant surgeons recommend that smokers take a break from smoking 1-2 weeks prior to the surgery and 1-2 weeks after their surgery. This will insure the best possible chance for your hair transplant to be successful.

In our office, Dr. Bolton often encourages smoking patients to quit for the better health of their hair and the better health of their life. Fortunately, many patients are ready for big changes in their life and choose to quit smoking altogether after the procedure. After all, investing in your hair is a big deal, but investing in your health ensures more years enjoying that hair!


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    I had multiple procedures done here over the last decade, and look younger at 38 than I did in my 20’s. People are always shocked to find out my full head of hair isn’t the result of good genetics. Best investment I’ve made
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    February 2023: Dr. Bolton was great through the entire procedure. He answered all my questions and made sure I was comfortable the whole time. His team followed up daily, to make sure I was at ease during the recovery phase. I highly recommend Dr. Bolton to anyone looking for hair transplant. May 2024: This was my second procedure with Dr....
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    I have to say after 6 yrs of waiting it's done now and I can say what a pleasant experience the staff was 10 stars ! Mike was with me all the way and assured me he would help any way possible and he communicated with me at every turn and of course walked me through all the hoops! Big thanks to him for the excellent coaching!!! Thanks Mike you da...
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    Dr Bolton and his staff are amazing. Not only has my transplant turned out great but the professionalism and follow up years later speaks volumes. It never felt like they just wanted to rush me in and get my money. I paid them and they still touch base to check on me and see how things are going. I was on track to be bald by 40 and as I’m about to...
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    It has been over 11years since my first procedure and 9 years since my second and I am still extremely pleased with the results! Dr. Bolton and his staff were meticulous with the procedures and the follow up care was also excellent. He is an expert at harvesting hair from discreet sites which contain the appropriate hair follicles for amazing...
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    Dr. Bolton and his team, particularly Josh, provided an exceptional experience from start to finish. Josh's professionalism and attention to detail made the entire process seamless. The results of the hair transplant procedure exceeded my expectations – fantastic, natural-looking hair growth. I highly recommend Dr. Bolton and his team for anyone...
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    Overall, it was a great experience from start to finish. Mike maintained constant contact before and after the procedure. Dr. Bolton is very knowledgeable and straightforward about what can be done, along with the expectations if all of his instructions are followed. I appreciated him reaching out after the surgery. Additionally, the technicians...
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