This blog was written by Dr. Steven Gabel of Hillsboro, OR who is an elite member of the Coalition of Independent Hair Restoration Physicians.
When is it safe to have alcohol and smoke a cigarettes after hair transplant surgery?
Typically, I like my patients to be off tobacco products two weeks prior and two weeks following surgical hair restoration as using these products before surgery and during healing may negatively impact hair growth. Of course, it is best if they quit altogether as the negative overall effects of tobacco products have been well documented.
In terms of alcohol, I ask my hair transplant patients to refrain while they are taking the pain medication as mixing narcotics and alcohol is not recommended. If they are off their medications and would like to have a social drink (ie – a glass of wine or a beer), I have no problem with that. If they do drink, they need to be extra careful not to disrupt the graft sites.