i had a procedure done at another clinic yesterday. they advised against washing the recepient (graph) sites for two days. essentially allowing scabs to heal and fall off two weeks later. I am in the public eye(professional speaker) and had to have a thorough celeaning today. So i di wash my scalp today against there written directions. i was able to see the removal of 75% of the one day old scabs and it looked like 8-10 graphs came out as well. I did not sit under the shower i used the cup pouring method and the gently rubbed the scabbs with my figertips..am i alright or did i maybe wash away my follicles unknowingly? again i saw about 8-10 in my scalp dislodged after the shower. did not look like many came out…no bleeding whatsoever by the way. your thoughts?
I always have the hair washed within the first day after surgery and offer that process in my office for our patients. The key to a fast recovery is to get the scabs washed off fast. The longer they stay in, the longer you must be gentle with the wash. In the hands of a professional wash, the wounds will be very clean by the very next day. We also wash it vigorously at the end of the procedure to get all of the crusts off quickly. Unfortunately, many doctors do not focus upon getting you looking spiffy in a day after the surgery.
This patient below came in one day after surgery and the pictures were taken immediately after he had his hair washed. The recipient area has an obvious pink hue against his white skin. His native hair was long enough (I told him not to cut his hair prior to the surgery) to cover the entire transplanted area when he combed it forward. White skin shows pink clearly and had his skin color been tan, the pink hue would not show much or at all. As you zoom into the picture, you can see the transplanted grafts and the hair contained in those grafts clearly without any crusts to increase the detection of the transplant in the bald scalp. People who have native hair with grafts transplanted between the hairs have automatic coverage from the native hair and the transplants can be completely hidden. Within a few days, the only evidence of a transplant will be the beard that appears in what is now the pink area. Click the photos to enlarge.