I saw this photo on an internet site where the patient asked how his recipient area looked and why the cracks where there. Clearly the doctor never told the patient how to take care of the recipient area. This poor man will have to walk around for almost a month with this ‘cake’ on his head and he will not be able to go out in public without a hat on his head. Compare the patient with the caked crusts to one of our patients who had proper washing (on the right). Below is our washing process for readers who do not want to get cake on their head.
Post Operative Recipient Site Care: 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. There should be no crusts present even on day one if the washing routine below is followed. 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