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  • Writer's pictureShruti GOCHHWAL

What To Eat After A Hair Transplant

Having completed your hair transplant procedure, you might be thinking about what foods to avoid consume to promote your hair growth. Diet plays a crucial role in the post-transplantation part.

Why Diet Is Important?

The newly implanted hair follicles require the necessary nutrients for its growth. If there is a lack of vitamins, minerals, and proteins in your diet, it can lead to temporary or permanent hair loss because there is an interruption in the normal hair cycling and the follicles may not produce new hair. A diet that is deficient in nutrients can cause bald spots and hair thinning. Consumption of iron and zinc-rich foods helps in the production of healthy hair follicles.

What to Eat After A Hair Transplant?

Incorporate the following nutrients into your diet to achieve the best results after your hair transplantation.

  1. Zinc

  2. Iron

  3. Vitamin A

  4. B complex vitamins

  5. Vitamin C

  6. Vitamin E

  7. Copper

  8. Proteins


Zinc-rich foods

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Zinc deficiency can cause hair loss, and adding zinc to your diet helps support your hair growth.

Zinc is important in tissue repair and it helps in collagen production, cell proliferation, and maintenance of hormone levels, synthesis of proteins, and absorption of vitamins and other minerals.

The foods that are rich in zinc include Chickpeas, Lamb, Shrimps, whole grains, fish, eggs, Oysters, Beef, Cashews, Spinach, and pumpkin seeds.


Iron-rich foods

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Iron helps improve hair texture, helps the oxygen and nutrients to reach the roots and scalp of the hair. Iron enhances immunity that is very much necessary for the healing process after the hair transplant or Robotic hair Transplant system procedure.

The foods rich in iron includespinach, beef, beans, clams, and beef liver.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A rich foods

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The cells of hair follicles require vitamin A for hair growth. It aids in sebum production which moisturizes the scalp and keeps hair healthy. Any deficiency in vitamin A can lead to hair loss and a dry and itchy scalp.

Some foods that are rich in Vitamin A are green apple, milk, eggs, cheese, carrots, sweet potato, beef liver, kale, spinach, and winter squash.

B Complex Vitamins

Vitamin B rich foods

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B complex vitamins like B7 and B12 are necessary for hair structure, quality, and healthy growth of hair strands. It aids in the clotting process during the wound healing process. Doctors usually prescribe B complex vitamin supplements to support hair growth.

The foods that are enriched with B complex vitamins includeChicken, meat, bananas, avocados, brunette rice, nuts, and eggs.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C rich foods

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Vitamin C is an antioxidant that speeds the healing process after a hair transplant. It also helps in the production of collagen and elastin. This vitamin fights oxidative stress and thus prevents hair greying and hair loss.

Some foods that are rich in Vitamin C are cabbage, peppers, kale, kiwi, broccoli, berries, and citrus fruits.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E rich foods

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Vitamin E helps in the healing process by preventing scar formation. It is important to use vitamin E oil in the donor and recipient area to help promote wound healing, improve tissue quality, and repair damaged hair follicles.

Some foods that are rich in Vitamin E are cabbage, almonds, spinach, avocado, hazelnut, sunflower seeds, and olive oil.


Copper rich foods

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Copper is involved in melanin production. Copper influences the hair color. Copperdeficiencycan cause hair loss and affects red blood cell production.

Foods rich in copper include green vegetables, olive, beet, black pepper, and pumpkin seeds.


Protein-rich foods

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As hair is composed of protein, it is important to have an adequate amount of proteins in your diet. They support the growth of new hair.

The foods that are rich in proteins include chicken, fish, eggs, milk, cheese, and raw nuts.

 Foods to Avoid

If you are a smoker, quit smoking. The supply of blood may be lowered in a smoker’s body, hair, and scalp when compared to a non-smoker. Also, there may be a delay in the healing process in smokers.

Avoid alcohol for at least two weeks during the post-operative period

Keeping your cholesterol levels appropriate can help in the recovery process and can also support the healthy growth of hair.

Avoid processed and packaged foods.

Stay away from stress. Have a good sleep. Practice deep breathing exercises.

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