Coffee before and after hair transplant
By Prof. Dr. Soner Tatlidede 2019-07-05
Drinking coffee before and after a hair transplant is something not advisable. In order to achieve the best results, there are some precautions you should take before having the hair transplant surgery; and one of these precautions is that one or two days before the surgery, patients should stop drinking all kind of caffeine.
But, what is the problem with coffee and hair? Everybody knows that coffee is made from caffeine, but no one can think or know that in some cases, when you consume and drink caffeine this may affect your hair transplant surgery.
Reasons to avoid coffee before and after a hair transplant
One of the most important conditions for a successful hair transplant is to guarantee that there is no excessive bleeding when we are planting the grafts; this is because this excessive bleeding will affect the grafts growth and will also increase the surgery hours, for example if you are getting a hair transplant in Turkey with FUE technique.
Most people consume caffeine products in order to feel active when they wake up and start their day. Other people use these drinks to get rid of tiredness and help them to complete their daily duties, or just to feel relax. The problem with caffeine is that it´s responsible for increasing the blood pressure, and as a result, the probability of bleeding during the operation will increase.
Most people consume caffeine from drinking coffee or tea, especially in the morning. Compared with coffee, we consider that tea has less caffeine than the coffee does.
Also, there are other resources for caffeine that people can have; for instance, various energy drinks that include caffeine in it.
How to avoid caffeine consumption
Generally, we advise to avoid or decrease the amount of caffeine consumption before the operation, in order to avoid bleeding problems that may happen.
However, many people consider that avoid caffeine consumption is not a big problem, because it is just for a maximum of two days: this is a mistake. On the other hand, some patients may have difficulties in quitting the caffeine: in this case, they can decrease the amount of consumption, or they can just drink other beverages that have the same taste.
Some people may even suffer from headache if they do not have 3 to 4 cups of coffee per day; in these cases, we recommend then having just 1 to 2 cups. If the patient wants to drink the same amount of coffee, he or she should consider the dangers and that this may lead to increase the bleeding and the operation period. It also may increase a little bit the healing period.
Can I drink coffee after a hair transplant?
Drinking coffee after a hair transplant is one of the factors that can affect the results of your operation, but actually its effects are not as serious as other factors, such as smoking.
So, can you drink coffee after your hair transplant? Well, the truth is that it´s better to commit to the directives given by your doctor, and try to decrease the consumption of caffeine as much as possible, because having caffeine after a hair transplant could prevent you of achieving the best possible results for your hair surgery.
As you have seen, drinking coffee before and after a hair transplant is possible, but the caffeine contained within the coffee may have some consequences: not just during the surgery, but in the results afterwards, too. So we always recommend following the instructions and advices of our skilled medical staff at Clinicana, which always is looking for the best for you and your hair.