There are many factors that can affect the success of a hair transplant operation in a negative or positive way. While having a healthy diet that increases the recovery rate of the cells and the hair growth will have a great contribution to the success of the operation. Eating junk food will not provide the proper nutrition to your scalp; therefore slow down the growth speed of your hair or even make you lose the newly transplanted hair.
Alcoholic beverages and cigarettes are some of the most important things that you should avoid after having a hair transplant. Even if you did not have a hair transplant, there is a lot of evidence that the consumption of cigarettes and alcohol has a negative effect on your general health; that includes the health of your hair too.
Smoking after the hair transplant operation
Smoking is considered to be an unhealthy habit by medical experts all around the world. You can experience countless negative effects ranging from asthma to various types of cancer caused by smoking. Cigarette use is obviously harmful for the health of your hair too just like the way it is for the other parts of your body.
Cigarette use after hair transplant is more risky in the first periods after the hair transplant because the harm of the cigarettes to the hair transplant operation is undeniable. Smoking lowers the level of oxygen in the blood. Which prevents the needed nutrition to reach and nourish the hair. Due to this reason, there will be a significant reduction on the number of the transplanted grafts that will survive on the transplanted area.
This will undermine the success and the effectiveness of the hair transplant operation; therefore smoking should be avoided for at least 2 weeks after the hair transplant operation because this is the time when the hair follicles are in their most vulnerable period.
Alcohol consumption after the hair transplant operation
Just like smoking, alcohol use after a hair transplant is also something that should be avoided. Alcohol will prolong the time needed for recovery after the operation. Digesting the alcohol after consumption is a very heavy and tiring process for the body. It slows down the healing process of most any wound since it slows down the bodily functions.
Another possible harm of the alcohol consumption after the hair transplant operation is having the risk of losing coordination and receiving traumas to your head. You should keep in mind that your scalp is very sensitive after the hair transplant surgery. It has wounds (although they are very minor) that needs to be protected from traumas that you can receive by accident. Alcohol consumption may cause you to lose your coordination; you can hit your head on an object or a surface without noticing.
Alcohol consumption also reduces the speed of coagulation due to its anticoagulant effects. All the substances that have anticoagulant effects should be avoided after the hair transplant surgery. Taking anticoagulant substances after having a cut will prolong the process of forming of the scabs which are an indicator that healing is present.