You really are what you eat. So, it should be of no surprise to you that your recently grafted hair follicles are also affected by what you consume. In the weeks and months leading up to and after hair transplant surgery, diet is all important for the healthy functioning of hair follicles. A poor diet can actually impede the growth of new, healthy looking hair that your cosmetic surgeon spent hours grafting to fix your thinning hairline.
Research has noted that a diet lacking in important minerals, vitamins, proteins and fatty acids may actually cause the cells in the hair follicles to malfunction. A poor diet can also lead to further hair loss or abnormal hair recycling. It’s also important to maintain a proper diet in order to prevent dehydration, malnutrition, and other chronic conditions such as anemia. All of these can have a negative impact on new hair growth after surgery.
A balanced diet, moreover, is known to prevent “surgical shock” which is sometimes associated with hair transplant surgery. Diets in which iron and zinc are lacking deprive the body of the essential minerals it needs to produce healthy hair and follicles. Is it any onder then that a diet rich in fast foods is a sure and certain method for achieving poor results after hair transplant surgery? Sugary foods and beverages also provide little nutritional benefit.
Foods that are rich in protein, iron, zinc, magnesium, calcium, and vitamin B6 are excellent sources of nutrients for promoting healthy, new hair growth and strong follicles. These include oily fish, sweet potatoes, beans, bell peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, spinach, nuts, and legumes. Alcohol and carbonated beverages are good things to avoid before and after surgery. It usually takes up to six months for new growth to appear after surgery. Why not use this valuable “downtime” by doing something good and healthy for your new locks?
So eat well! And remember, it’s important to consult first with a qualified plastic surgeon regarding hair transplant surgery or other procedures. Dr. Kyle S. Choe is a board certified facial plastic surgeon and hair transplant specialist located in Virginia Beach. He can be reached at The Choe Center for Facial Plastic Surgery at (757) 389-5850 for a personal consultation.