Does Smoking Cause Hair Loss?
Smoking is associated with many serious health conditions, and if you smoke, you should try and quit. In addition to lung cancer, asthma, and chronic bronchitis, smoking can lead to hair loss. Dr. Robert Leonard and Dr. Matthew Lopresti, our experienced hair restoration surgeons, can help address hair loss caused by many different issues, including smoking. To ensure you achieve the best possible results, you should cease this habit as soon as possible.
Four ways smoking can lead to hair loss:
- Smoking can reduce blood circulation to small blood vessels, including those in the head and scalp.
- Smoking can reduce liver function, which regulates hormones that can affect hair growth
- Smoking can lead to clogged pores on the scalp, making it difficult for hair to grow
- Smoking can cause poor growth of transplanted grafts
In most cases, smoking will not be the primary cause of hair loss. But even so, you should stop smoking to help improve your chances of preventing further hair loss and to preserve your health now and in the long-term.
For more information about the causes of hair loss, please talk to our skilled medical team about scheduling a complimentary consultation.