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Alcohol and hair transplants

TOMMYTWO

TOMMYTWO

Valued member
So I recently had a HT in Turkey and all was good.

The advice I was given was don't drink alcohol 3 days before surgery, which I understand is to avoid thin blood, excessive bleeding etc.

The advice post surgery was to avoid alcohol for 7 days...

Now my question is, post surgery exactly how detrimental can alcohol be after the HT? What is the deal with this?

Could it really make or break your HT?

Cheers

Tom
 
Bigmac

Bigmac

Administrator
Staff member
Hi Tommy. As you know already alcohol thins the blood, if you drink too soon after surgery there may be a chance of bleeding in the transplanted area which could possibly cause grafts to pop out before they`ve had time to anchor in. Obviously, if you drink enough to affect your coordination you run the risk of bumping the area and damaging the grafts. I waited 4 days after surgery before having a beer. My result turned out fine.
 
TOMMYTWO

TOMMYTWO

Valued member
Good stuff, thanks mate.....I abstained for 7 days as required but I could of murdered a drink post surgery just due to the relief of it all.

I was also prescribed aspirin too which is obvs a blood thinner so confused me a little.

Im now making up for lost time and have enjoyed a drink this weekend :)
 
Bigmac

Bigmac

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Staff member
Hi Tommy, not sure about the Aspirin. Maybe ask the doctor if that was prescribed as pain prevention or for thinning the blood when flying.
 
bullitnut

bullitnut

4 awesome repairs with SMG
You should be fine as Bigmac says....I had a few drinks with a meal if i remember rightly around 4 days post op and it didnt effect me....I think if youve waited around a week like you have you should be fine dude. Congrats on the surgery by the way pal
 
janna

janna

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Hi Tommy!
Having a drink even the first night after surgery wouldn't make or break your result. Each clinic has slightly different recommendation concerning when to resume alcohol - 1, 2 or 3 days after is the most common recommendation. Some clinics don't address it at all. No patient should consume so much alcohol that their walking and talking is impaired but a sensible glass of wine or 1 drink wouldn't harm the procedure. The main reasons a patient should avoid alcohol after surgery - 1) don't mix alcohol and pain meds. 2) If oozing a bit of blood after surgery the alcohol wouldn't be helpful in this situation. It's best to wait few nights before resuming drinks.
 
TOMMYTWO

TOMMYTWO

Valued member
Thanks for your response Janna, I guessed some of the reasoning was just common sense, but yes the oozing and mixing meds makes sense too, I guess it all boils down to being careful.

Thanks again :)
 
Z

Zwallace

member
I'm not sure drinking alcohol is the best idea. If you can bear with it, it's better not to. Of course, it's quite difficult for an addicted person. In such a case I recommend applying for this rehab center to get all the necessary recommendations.
 
TOMMYTWO

TOMMYTWO

Valued member
I'm not sure drinking alcohol is the best idea. If you can bear with it, it's better not to. Of course, it's quite difficult for an addicted person. In such a case I recommend applying for this rehab center to get all the necessary recommendations.
Which rehab centre would that be?
 
Bigmac

Bigmac

Administrator
Staff member
Haha Tommy, get yourself to Rehab. That user was a spammer, now deleted.
 
baldasabadger10

baldasabadger10

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Congratulations on your transplant Tommy i just read you thread :)
 
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ImJustAGuy

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I am a beer trader in my free time as I like to try new beers. The darker the beer the better for me, stouts, porters, browns. Anyways I usually have a beer or two with dinner 4-5 nights a week. It’s not like I’m hammering them down. This shouldn’t affect hair growth hair loss at all correct?
I’ve tried researching on the internet, but everyone knows how that goes.
 
HairDr Clinic

HairDr Clinic

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I am a beer trader in my free time as I like to try new beers. The darker the beer the better for me, stouts, porters, browns. Anyways I usually have a beer or two with dinner 4-5 nights a week. It’s not like I’m hammering them down. This shouldn’t affect hair growth hair loss at all correct?
I’ve tried researching on the internet, but everyone knows how that goes.
Hi @ImJustAGuy, there is no direct link between alcohol and hair loss. Although, excessive and heavy drinking can have some obviously negative consequences to your overall health. For example, nutritional deficiencies or hormonal issues that can affect the hair quality. With so many other factors to consider it is unlikely there will be a definitive answer. Everything in moderation is probably the sensible approach and if having a hair transplant discuss with your surgeon pre and post-op do´s and don´ts.
 
bullitnut

bullitnut

4 awesome repairs with SMG
Interesting post that Hair Dr.....didnt realise excessive alcohol could actually affect hormone levels and effect nutrient intake? Probably explains why when I've had too many my little mr downstairs isnt quite as excitable as when sober hahah. :ROFLMAO: On a serious note though good answer to the guys question and thanks for taking the time to answer his question.
 
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ImJustAGuy

member
Hi @ImJustAGuy, there is no direct link between alcohol and hair loss. Although, excessive and heavy drinking can have some obviously negative consequences to your overall health. For example, nutritional deficiencies or hormonal issues that can affect the hair quality. With so many other factors to consider it is unlikely there will be a definitive answer. Everything in moderation is probably the sensible approach and if having a hair transplant discuss with your surgeon pre and post-op do´s and don´ts.
Thank you for your reply.
 
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ImJustAGuy

member
Interesting post that Hair Dr.....didnt realise excessive alcohol could actually affect hormone levels and effect nutrient intake? Probably explains why when I've had too many my little mr downstairs isnt quite as excitable as when sober hahah. :ROFLMAO: On a serious note though good answer to the guys question and thanks for taking the time to answer his question.
I feel like i should state i don't drink excessively, unless one of my sports teams pisses me right off, which happens quite often. :ROFLMAO:. Its really a beer a day/every other day.
 
MrPierre

MrPierre

member
For future reference, I think it is always best to avoid alcohol around the procedure, certainly post op. You may touch the grafts in your sleep if drinking post op and dislodge them.
 
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