Mon 31 Aug 2015
I was told that I could not drink alcohol before my hair transplant. Why not? And how long do I need to avoid drinking? I’m going to be in a wedding party just before my next vacation time when I can do a transplant, but how can I do that if I can’t enjoy a drink or two? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
That’s a good question, and an important one. You should not drink alcohol starting 10 days before your hair restoration procedure because it impairs the ability of your blood to coagulate or clot. I have had patients who have ignored this instruction and they tend to bleed more during the procedure making it harder to keep the follicular unit grafts in their recipient sites and making the procedure take a lot longer than it normally would.
Interestingly, I’ve had patients come into my office for a procedure drunk! As you can imagine he was asked to come back another time.
Dr. Alan Feller
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