Below are four patients (two of them are ours, two of them are not). The first reflects our transplant technique where we have focused heavily on what a patient would look like after they leave the office. This patient is just a few minutes after her surgery was performed. We wash the recipient site when she left the office as well as the day after so that no crusting or scabs form. Most of our patient have an undetectable hair transplant from the moment they leave the office. They can go back to work in a few days, sometimes even the next day without calling attention to their private decision to have a hair transplant. A hair transplant is no ones business but the patient.
This obsession with undetectable hair transplants by us is not always shared by other doctors who ignore the abnormalities shown in this picture where the grafts were left partly out of each recipient wound so that even a fastidious hair wash can not erase the visual reality that this patient had a hair transplant done for everyone to see (not our patient). The third picture shows a patient one week from his hair transplant with heavy crusting on his recipient area (again, not our patient). He should have washed off these crusts while they were forming so that he would look like the patient on the bottom of the screen (no crusting at 5 days). Now for this patient, he has problems with the remaining crusts which if pulled or picked will pull out the grafts. He must try to apply shampoo twice a day, leaving it on his head for 10 or so minutes each time he washes. Eventually these crusts will shed, accelerated by more aggressive washing but it is not as good as doing it the right way in the first place.
female with corners transplanted, shown minutes after the hair transplant was performed
Just after transplant with grafts showing The above patient is one week after a hair transplant
5 Days after hair transplant by NHI Same patient 5 days after FUE