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Does Smoking Affect Growth of Hair after a Transplant?

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Getting a hair transplant is an excellent proposition for someone lacking confidence due to baldness. It helps a person in feeling robust and looking forward to better things in life. In order to get good results, one must persevere and go through a period of wait. There are some top-notch hair transplant options available in the UAE. There are some common habits that need to be let go off for a while when a person is getting a hair transplant. Consuming caffeine, using gels and mousse, massaging your scalp and smoking are some of the names on the list that need to be avoided for a small amount of time. Some wonder how smoking can affect a hair transplant. We’ll have a closer looking into the matter.

Smoking Related Problems
Smoking is a big enemy of health in a number of ways. It is most commonly associated with lungs cancer. Each year’s millions lose their lives to this menace and over half a million people die at the hands of second hand smoke. It is also known to cause cardiovascular diseases. Smoking is also a major cause of stroke. Along with ill health effects, the smell of the cigarettes makes one’s company less interesting.
Smoking’s Effect on Hair

Along with other parts of the body, smoking has a negative effect on the hair and skin of a person as well. The harmful gases released during smoking prevent the blood from carrying the right amount of oxygen to the various parts of the body including the scalp, thus the required amount of nutrients are not received by the follicles. The top layers of hair become brittle over time and start breaking prematurely.

Recent researches too have shown a significant relationship between smoking and hair loss. While androgenic alopecia remains the main culprit smoking can be a big accomplice to it in causing hair loss.

Can it Affect a Hair Transplant?
It is advised that smoking is stopped at least a week before the transplant and is not taken up for a while afterwards. With the lack of oxygen for the follicles that have been transplanted due to smoking, their survival and growth can be compromised. This can lead to unsightly patches without hair in the transplanted region. The transplant may simply fail to live up to expectation if the habit is continued around the time of the procedure. Presence of nicotine in the blood can also cause bleeding during the surgery and can prolong the whole process.   

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