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Did Massaging the Scabs Post Hair Transplant Damage the Grafts?

11/26/2008 12:09:23 PM

Question:

After 12 to 14 days after my hair transplant surgery, I still had scabs that had not fallen out yet and my scalp was very itchy. So after taking a shower, I would gently use my fingertips in a circular motion to separate the scabs from the skin being careful not to remove any of the hair. There was no bleeding, just new pink skin forming under the scab. Was this ok to do on my own or will it affect the hair follicle?

Answer:

Most hair transplant surgeons will encourage patients to gently massage the scabs after the 5th day in order to delicately and gently work them off. The pink pigment of the skin is a normal part of its healing. Had one of the grafts been damaged or lost, you would have seen blood. You can rest easy knowing that your hair follicles are resting safely beneath the surface of the scalp, and a few months after the hairs shed, hair growth will begin and mature over the next year.

Bill - Associate Publisher


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