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For those of you who have had procedures, what do you think? Personally, I didn't really drink alcohol for at least a month after my hair transplant procedures and I noticed no negative effects. I would love to hear the communities input.

Can Alcohol Damage A Hair Transplant


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Not all doctors are in agreement on post-operative care. But they all seem to agree that alcohol before 7 days ,at a minimum, is not advised. After that, who knows? Even this article seems a bit unsure of itself, a bit ambiguous.

But why would anyone who's gone through the pain and expense of a hair transplant want to risk damaging the result?!? I love to drink but I'll be waiting a month before I drink again, and even then I'll ease into it. 

 

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Agree I stopped for weeks prior and I won’t start again for at least a month after 

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Generally speaking, doctors ill advise drinking any alcohol beverages for several weeks prior to surgery and then waiting at least 7 days post-op.


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Interesting topic. 

I believe the most relevant issue with alcohol and hair transplant surgery is its (alcohol) affect on "blood thinning." You do not want your blood to be too "thin" before a surgical procedure or within a reasonable period afterwards while things are still healing up. We typically ask patients to refrain from anything that can thin the blood -- including alcohol -- for 7 to 10 days before surgery, and for at least 3 days after. By day 4, all surgical incisions/excisions should be pretty well sealed up and bleeding is less of a practical concern. However, this only applies to reasonable amounts of alcohol consumption. I think if a patient wants to have a beer at post-op day 4, it is probably okay; if the patient wants to go to an all day outdoor drinking festival at day 4, I may advise against it -- for a number of reasons. Having said all that, most patients like to be overly cautious and not drink for extended periods before and after surgery. 

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So guys, don't schedule your procedures within a week pre and post-op of Oktober-fest!...;)

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Supporting Physicians:  Dr. Robert True & Dr. Robert Dorin, New York, NY

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Is it the same with nicotine? My post op care mentioned alcohol but nothing about nicotine?

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Most doctors will want their patients to refrain from smoking because smoking can induce hypoxia which constricts the blood flow to the grafts and also compromise the healing process.


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Supporting Physicians:  Dr. Robert True & Dr. Robert Dorin, New York, NY

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