This question, from a member of our Hair Restoration Social Community and Discussion Forums, was answered by recommended hair transplant surgeon Dr. Blake Bloxham:
I have sleep apnea and I am wondering if there would be an effect on my existing hair or my future hair restoration results? I would hate to pay so much money for something and get horrible results because of my sleep disorder. Any insights would be appreciated
I’ve done hair transplant surgery on many patients suffering from sleep apnea. I don’t think there is any connection between sleep apnea and hair loss or the success rate of hair transplantation.
Two things I would keep in mind:
- If you wear a CPAP, discuss the type of mask with your doctor. Some of them have straps that may go right over where the grafts are placed. Others have a tendency to ride up in the night, and could easily end up rubbing the hairline.
- Let the team/doctor know that you may have apneic episodes during the procedure if you do fall asleep. A lot of patients fall asleep during graft placement. You may want the team to wake you up if you’re experiencing frequent apnea, and you’ll definitely want them to be aware of the pauses so they don’t panic!
Best of luck!
Dr. Blake Bloxham
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