Did I Damage the Grafts One Day after My Hair Transplant Surgery?

Question: I had a hair transplant procedure performed a couple of days ago. I was given one of those surgical caps to wear on my head to help shield my scalp, but my scalp was still bleeding a little. I went to sleep with the cap on and woke up the next day trying to remove the cap. I could not remove the front part of the cap because the blood had dried up and become stuck to some of the areas where the grafts had been put in. I tried pulling gently on the cap that was stuck to the area where some of my grafts where placed and managed to pull it off but it came off with a good amount of scab and what I believe to be a single hair follicle. Now I am worried that I ruined my hair line and the surgeon may not be able to do anything about it. Is it possible to have another hair follicle put in to replace the one that i accidently removed? Answer: Of course, applying this type of force to the newly transplanted grafts in the first days after hair transplant surgery is never a good idea. However, if your actions did not induce new bleeding then you probably did not lose a graft but only a hair follicle. It’s perfectly normal for these newly transplanted hair follicles to shed and it should not result in any permament hair loss. . If, in the worst case, you lost a single follicular unit graft in the hairline it is unlikely to negatively impact the final result of your hair restoration surgery. However, I do recommend discussing your concerns with your hair transplant surgeon. David (TakingThePlunge) Forum Co-Moderator and Editorial Assistant for the Hair Restoration Forum and Social Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q & A Blog.

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