For a patient who has made several questionable lifestyle choices with regard to nutrition and the consumption of alcohol or tobacco, the decision to undergo a hair transplant is as good a time as any to alter those lifestyle choices for the better. It’s been established that individuals who drink and smoke to excess and whose diet is generally lacking in nutritional value are far more likely to suffer from hair loss. The effects of these habits are likely to be manifested in the accelerated loss or thinning of hair, which is especially problematic for individuals who are already genetically predisposed to extensive hair loss.
Following a hair transplant, patients who wish to yield the greatest possible benefit from their procedure must understand just how important a nutritionally balanced diet can be in terms of the healthy appearance of hair follicles. Foods that are rich in calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, protein and vitamin B (especially vitamin B6) contribute to fuller and healthier hair follicles that are also far less likely to fall out prematurely. With regard to the transplanted follicles, an individual with nutrient deficiencies will make it difficult for the newly transplanted hair to re-grow and will make it far less likely that truly vigorous growth will take place within the recipient site.
It is always best to achieve nutritional goals through an individual’s normal dietary habits rather than through supplementation, but it is equally true that nutritional supplementation is much better than failing to reach the appropriate nutritional goals through normal dietary habits. Hair regrowth can be stimulated to a significant degree and overall follicle health can be improved by focusing on a diet that includes an appropriate amount of each of the following:
To get a full complement of these beneficial nutrients that contribute to greater overall hair health, many patients choose to incorporate more seafood into their diet. Salmon and other similar options include many of the aforementioned nutrients along with specific oils that contribute to healthier hair follicles and an overall improvement in the hair’s appearance.
The positive impact of healthy eating habits on the overall health of an individual’s hair is as equally significant as the negative impact of poor eating habits. A poor diet that is lacking in nutritional content does not benefit anyone’s hair, and this is especially the case for hair transplant patients. Ideally, a change in dietary habits will have occurred well in advance of the procedure, but, if it has not, then the patient should make a concerted effort to avoid foods that are lacking in nutritional content, are highly processed or include a great deal of sugar content, especially if it is added sugars.
Hair transplant patients who are seeking to get the most out of their procedure should avoid fast food restaurants as well as any beverages that include far too much added sugar. Completely overhauling a diet is undeniably difficult, so patients should keep in mind that they are making an important investment in their future and should do everything within their power to protect that investment, including making critical dietary changes and avoiding highly processed foods that are simply lacking in nutrients and are really nothing more than empty calories.
Following the completion of a hair transplant procedure, the patient can help stimulate the regrowth of their newly transplanted hair follicles by adhering to a diet that focuses on foods naturally dense in vitamins, minerals and a variety of other critical nutrients. The best foods for regrowth are typically green vegetables like spinach and broccoli, and the inclusion of peppers and tomatoes can also be highly beneficial. Fish is exceptionally nutrient-dense and includes several natural oils that strengthen hair follicles, and a diet that includes both nuts and legumes can likewise contribute to the healthy regrowth of the transplanted hair follicles.