I was wondering, I looked at a post on newhair.com about two post operative examples where they had minimal to no scabbing/crusts. After my hair transplant I was instructed to wait 24 hours before washing, I washed gently by pouring baby shampoo mixed with water over my head. I did this daily. Now at 8 days post-op, I have quiet a bit of scabs still. The scabs that fell off also shed hairs. I was reading on Wikipedia an article about hair transplant and it stated “Scabs adhere to the hair shaft and increase the risk of losing newly transplanted hair follicles during the first 7 to 10 days post-op.” This has me concerned, as I have bald spots throughout the hair transplant and was shedding scabs as early as day 4. I read through your posts and you had mentioned that you try to reduce scabs as much as possible. Will my prolonged scabbing at day 8 effect my outcome? I washed my hair 3 times today and let it soak but the scabs are still not falling off yet. And as I mentioned, there are bald patches where the scabs came off with the hair.
The key is to wash it the very next day and use a surgical sponge filled with shampoo, rolling the sponge over the recipient area over and over again until all of the crusts are off. Pouring soapy water alone will not work. The Wikipedia report came from a medical article I wrote which you can read here: https://newhair.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/mp-2006-graft-anchoring.pdf
Below is an example of what a post operative patient should look like one day after surgery (2150 grafts) with good washing techniques as discussed above. If he keeps washing his graft area, the terrible crusting seen without washing will never develop.