Blood around the graft after the surgery may form to a brownish colored dry scab, which becomes hard and is difficult to remove after 10 to 20 days of surgery.
After hair transplant surgery, you can be sure to notice some scabbing a few days later. This is due to the trauma that is created on the scalp for the small incisions where hair grafts are removed and then transplanted.
Due to the size of the wound being considerably small, especially with FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction), the healing will simply start in a matter of days. As for the FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) where a strip of scalp is removed, you can expect a larger wound across your scalp. This would, however, take a longer time to heal.
When will scabs fall off from hair transplant?
Scabs typically fall off on their own between 7-14 days, but this would depend on the number of hair grafts that were placed, the density, and the sizes of the incisions made at the recipient sites.
So what do you do with all these scabbing?
You really don’t have to do much because the scabs will just naturally slough off. In fact, you can already start washing your hair with baby shampoo 72 hours after surgery. Some doctors would even permit patients to place their head in a bath tub with water and baby oil. They can soak their head in it for 45 minutes to aid the sloughing off of the rest of the scabs.
Other hair transplant doctors also advise their patients to gently massage their scabs using their fingertips while on the shower. With the circular motion this can slowly remove scabs, but you should also be extremely careful not to use your nails.
You can also benefit with this gentle massage even when you’re not in the shower. For some patients doing this for at least 10 minutes in a day helped reduce healing time. But it is important that you start doing massages 5-7 days after hair transplant surgery or depending on what the doctor specifies.
It is important never to pick on the crusts and scabs because this could dislodge the newly transplanted hair grafts. This is because crusts are attached to the transplanted hair. So for the first four days after surgery, you simply have to pat these crusts while shampooing. Failure to do so will only delay the natural healing and shedding process.
Also, you should not worry if some of the transplanted hairs fall out along with scabs. That is if you have not done anything with it. As long as bleeding is absent, the follicle is still in place.
Does scabbing in a transplanted area mean the grafts have fallen out?
New transplanted grafts normally shed between two to four weeks. The newly transplanted grafts normally shed between two to four weeks, so don’t get alarmed when you see them falling off. This is a dormant phase and is always an expected phenomenon and in a few months’ time hair will do start to grow back.
Crusts are normal and they need their time to heal, so be sure not to remove these prematurely. There may be some itching that comes along with it, but be sure not to scratch it. Gentle taps over the area would already suffice.
But when it comes to handling these hair transplant scabs, be sure to follow what your surgeon specifically instructs for after care.
The Australian Institute of Hair Restoration (www.aihr.com.au)
The Australian Institute of Hair Restoration is the leader in surgical hair restoraton in Australia, with two clinics based in Sydney and Melbourne. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with our hair transplant doctor, Dr Andrew Kim. You can also phone 1300 733 092 any time for our hair loss helpline or to enquire concerning hair transplant cost.