How often does someone lose grafts when washing their recipient area where the grafts were placed. I lost some grafts after my hair transplant, about 10 the very next day even though I followed the advice of my doctor. I used my fingers to gently rub the blood off. About 10 grafts came out. Maybe I was not gentle enough.
With proper washing techniques there should be no graft loss. The recipient area requires daily washes as well to keep the recipient area free of crusts. I generally recommend daily washing and if you washed it properly, there will be no crusts on it, even the very next day. We use a surgical sponge which we supply our patients, a surgical sponge to fill with soapy water and press on the recipient area daily. The shampoo and water squirt though the pores of the sponge and with these small jets of squirting liquid, the blood and crusts come off easily without disturbing the grafts as the sponge is pressed against the recipient area. By repeating this daily, all crusts can be washed off without any fear of losing grafts. If any crusts are present, use a Q tip and dip it into soapy water, and roll it on the crusts and that will lift the crusts off without dislodging the grafts, 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.