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Hi all,

I had a small FUE session done (about 250 grafts, as my surgeon has advised to do this in smaller steps) 8 days prior with PRP.

Tonight, I went out to an event with a few friends. I had about 5 alcoholic drinks, and smoked about 3 cigarettes.

Then, while under the influence, I made a very bad decision and did some cocaine. I did two lines of it.

Up to this point in my healing, I've followed my doctor's instructions and have healed very well. I have ate very healthy, drank lots of water and have gotten lots of sleep/rest (9-10 hours a day).

I know I made a mistake, and I am beating myself up for it. I will not be using recreational drugs or smoking any longer, and will put off my alcohol consumption for another week or two.

Have I seriously damaged my grafts and risked my hair transplant failing? I asked a friend who is a doctor in another field, and he thinks that things should be OK at 8 days post-op. But could I get some advice from the community?

Moving forward, I am being even more careful about post-op care, and trying to be as healthy as I can. 

I hope I haven't hurt my grafts beyond the point of return. Thank you.

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40 minutes ago, hairlossPA said:

i’m sure they’re fine. where were the 250 grafts placed?

Thanks. The temple area

Edited by worriedfue

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I dont think anyone can give you a direct answer because something like this hasnt been specifically studied. I'm no doctor but I'll add some info that may be helpful. I've read grafts start to re-establish their blood supply around 3 days and fully vascularize by about a week. I think doctors recommend not drinking a few days before and after surgery because it can thin the blood and cause excessive bleeding. If I had to guess I'd say you probably didnt do damage or if there was any it was minimal. I know it really sucks but you'll just have to wait and see what happens with your growth. Worst case scenario, if there was any damage, it was only a partial amount of the 250 grafts which isn't a high number at all considering you likely have thousands in your donor bank.

 

I would try not to worry about it anymore (easier said than done, I know first hand) and continue your healthy lifestyle. Good luck

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Hey, 

Don't worry man, you'll be fine. Ive spoken with many people over the years and some very well known ones too who partied hard post op and all been fine regarding the HT results. I'd recommend rein it in now and get your head screwed back on straight post party and don't worry but leave it a few weeks till you plan another night out 😉 

 

Regards

Spex 

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Thank you very much, Spex :)

What is it about alcohol, smoking and cocaine/drug use that could hurt results? At what point after a hair transplant are the grafts considered "embedded" and as strong as the other native hairs?

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LOL, alcohol, drugs and smoking cause things like dehydration in your body overall & poor blood flow - just obvious factors that could adversely affect graft survival and growth - just because grafts are permanently embedded does not guarantee they'll grow if not cared for properly post op

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8 hours ago, home1212 said:

LOL, alcohol, drugs and smoking cause things like dehydration in your body overall & poor blood flow - just obvious factors that could adversely affect graft survival and growth - just because grafts are permanently embedded does not guarantee they'll grow if not cared for properly post op

Thanks home1212

Do you think a one time insult would have a huge effect then? 

Again, I regret it. Back to a healthy lifestyle now for the rest of my post-op recovery.

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8 hours ago, worriedfue said:

Thanks home1212

Do you think a one time insult would have a huge effect then? 

Again, I regret it. Back to a healthy lifestyle now for the rest of my post-op recovery.

I don't think you should worry at all for a one time deal, maybe if it was a daily thing over an extended period of time it may have some adverse effect, but you're fine man! best of luck and heal well.

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On 4/20/2019 at 8:57 AM, worriedfue said:

Hi all,

I had a small FUE session done (about 250 grafts, as my surgeon has advised to do this in smaller steps) 8 days prior with PRP.

Tonight, I went out to an event with a few friends. I had about 5 alcoholic drinks, and smoked about 3 cigarettes.

Then, while under the influence, I made a very bad decision and did some cocaine. I did two lines of it.

Up to this point in my healing, I've followed my doctor's instructions and have healed very well. I have ate very healthy, drank lots of water and have gotten lots of sleep/rest (9-10 hours a day).

I know I made a mistake, and I am beating myself up for it. I will not be using recreational drugs or smoking any longer, and will put off my alcohol consumption for another week or two.

Have I seriously damaged my grafts and risked my hair transplant failing? I asked a friend who is a doctor in another field, and he thinks that things should be OK at 8 days post-op. But could I get some advice from the community?

Moving forward, I am being even more careful about post-op care, and trying to be as healthy as I can. 

I hope I haven't hurt my grafts beyond the point of return. Thank you.

Your transplanted grafts should be fine. It is already 8 days post op. Don't beat yourself over it. Nothing adverse is going to happen due to it.

Cheers...


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Dr. Arika Bansal & Dr. Pradeep Sethi

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Moral of the story is, after your invested a great deal of time and money in a surgical procedure, respect it. Don't go out on the pop and pills straight away !

 

You'l be ok man but id HIGHlY recommend having a few weeks off hitting the town.

 

Regards

Spex

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