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Why Smoking and Hair Transplants Don't Mix - Dr. William Lindsey

10/5/2017 9:06:05 PM

Smoking shrinks small blood vessels and decreases oxygen to tissues. Studies that I had to learn back in the 90s suggested that for facial plastic surgery, it's best to quit at least 10 days preop. Less important postop actually, but I'm virtually certain that after hair transplant surgery, hair gets revascularized by plasmatic imbibition, like skin grafts, and thus the hairs are trying to die for about 10 days.

And if that isn't enough, in 23 years of surgery, we've had 1 facelift infection in nonsmokers and 1 hair infection in nonsmokers, and about 10 in each group of smokers.

So don't smoke.

Dr. William H. Lindsey, MD, FACS
McLean, VA
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