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Hello my name is Rob

 

I had a hair transplant (FUT) done, around 1500 grafts on my front hairline and

800 on my mid scalp on September 3rd. I went on vacation on day 3 (September 6th) and I got drunk. I bought a pack of cigarettes(Maverick menthol cigarettes) which last me till day 5 (September 8th). I feel VERY guilty about it and I'm very worried that I could of done some damage to my grafts.I haven't smoked since then and I don't plan too either. When I got my stitches removed the lady looked at my grafts and she said that it looks fine.

 

Sorry if this may sound like a dumb question, even though I smoked the pack of cigarettes which lasted me 3 days, do you think I will be ok? (has long as I avoid smoking from now on) Im a little worried and I know it's my fault.

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Hi, don't worry mate!! A lot of the top drs say its ok to smoke after a transplant, some even allow it during breaks on the day of the op itself!! Smoking can't slow the healing process but I am unaware of any evidence that it effects grafts survival or growth!!! Although if it worries you don't smoke I was the same as you and didn't bother but the general opinion was it won't effect your outcome!!

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Smoking delays healing after any type of surgery or invasive procedure. This is not unique to hair transplant surgery.

"Doc" Blake Bloxham - formerly "Future_HT_Doc"

 

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I am sure that any doctor will tell you not to smoke. I did smoke cigarettes after my procedure with a good outcome, however, I advise against it just for health reasons and for healing.

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I do not think that smoking a few cigarettes 3-5 days post op will have a profound effect on results. Patients who are long term heavy smokers may have compromised circulation which can effect wound healing and possibly graft survival.

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This thread is funny, especially the last comment. For what it is worth, I consulted with a very prominent Doctor who does NOT believe there is a correlation between smoking and poor growth. Best of luck!

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I sincerely hope not for my sake as well as other smokers.

Have a nice day

 

This thread is funny, especially the last comment. For what it is worth, I consulted with a very prominent Doctor who does NOT believe there is a correlation between smoking and poor growth. Best of luck!
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