You have excessive crusting as a result of poor post-operative washing techniques, or absence of them. An FUE is treated just like a regular hair transplant with regard to the recipient area, but the donor area has open wounds which require daily washing with soap and water. Within 3 days of surgery, you can resume full activities, heavy exercises if you wish. The recipient area requires daily washes as well to keep the recipient area free of crusts. I generally recommend the use of a sponge and supply my patient with a surgical sponge to fill with soapy water and press on the recipient area daily. By repeating this daily, all crusts can be washed off without any fear of losing grafts. IF any crust are present, use a Q tip and dip it into soapy water, and roll it on the crusts and that will lift them off without dislodging them, but never rub them, just roll the Q tip on the recipient crust. I like to see no evidence of any crusting in the recipient area and the crusts from the donor area gone in 7-10 days with daily washing much like the two patients on the right.
I don’t like the idea of anyone removing grafts that have scabs on them because we have published a paper in a formal medical journal, that when a person pulls off a scab (crust) from a recipient area in less than 12 days, the risk of losing the graft is very high. Put a shampoo on your head and let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then gently work the crusts with your fingers. This will take days to get the crust off so that you do not disturb the grafts. See the medical paper we wrote in a major journal below in the web reference that proves my point. Look at the two patients on the right, both one day after FUE sessions and both clean without crusts.