Stress can have all kinds of effects on the human body from panic attacks to weight loss and, yes, to hair loss. So it is perhaps natural to worry about whether stress can affect your hair transplant particularly if you are the kind who is prone to stress in your daily life.
Whilst some initial loss of hair is a normal part of the transplant process, most leading hair transplant surgeons agree that stress does not affect transplanted hair. However there are undoubtedly certain aspects of your lifestyle that can have a bearing on how successful your hair transplant will be.
Honesty Pays from the Outset
In order to give your surgeon the best chance of creating the successful head of hair you want it is essential that you be honest and truthful about your lifestyle and habits right from the start. This is because certain habits, like heavy smoking for instance, can have a bearing on the healing process and this applies whatever kind of surgery you undergo.
It is a well-known fact that smoking has a negative effect on the blood circulation and can compromise the supply of blood to the scalp. This could mean that new hair grafts may not properly take root.
Excess alcohol intake can cause bleeding or interfere with the blood clotting process. Medications, even herbal remedies, can also affect the outcome of any surgical procedure. By stopping smoking and/or drinking or at least limiting your intake, you will be giving your transplant the best chance of success.
If you are taking any medications, prescribed or otherwise, it is important that you tell the surgeon because these can sometimes interfere with any other medications that your surgeon may prescribe during and after your hair transplant.
Avoid Stress if You Can
Stress in itself very rarely affects the outcome of a hair transplant however it can affect your mental well-being and as a knock-on effect your physical health can suffer. A certain amount of stress can help you get through a busy day or complete a complex task but excessive stress can impair the body’s ability to heal itself.
Finally, it goes without saying then that, in the two weeks prior to your procedure, you should try to avoid stressful situations where you can. Try deep breathing exercises, or even counting to ten, in situations where things are getting on top of you. Curb your intake of alcohol and tobacco to create the best chance of complete stress lowering success.