Can smoking, drinking, and herbal medicines affect the hair transplant surgery?



Do you smoke? Do you take alcoholic beverages? Do you use herbal medical products?

These are the basic question that will be asked before the hair transplant in Ontario or in fact before any type of surgery.

You might be thinking that what is the connection of smoking, drinking and herbal medications with the hair transplant surgery?

The basic connection between all these is to contribute excessive bleeding during the operation or oozing after the surgery.

Hence the patients must be truthful in answering all the questions before the hair transplant surgery.

Otherwise, if the bleeding occurs while starting the treatment, then it might be the indication of the delay of the treatment so that the risk effect involved can be reduced.

The delay decision is made by the surgeon on the basis of the patient’s history, current prescribed and over the counter medications and also vitamin and herbal intake medicines.

Therefore, it is very much mandatory to provide the full information to the physician.

Some major risk factors that cause excessive pre and post surgical bleeding are:

  • Tobacco Smoking
  • Alcohol Consumption
  • Recreational Drugs
  • Prescription Medications
  • Vitamin Supplements
  • Over-the-Counter Medications
  • Herbal Products
  • Patient-Physician Communication