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Why Scabs Might Hang on 3 Weeks After Hair Transplant Surgery

4/12/2010 1:17:53 PM

Question:

I had an 800 follicular unit graft hair transplant procedure on March 17th. I was informed that the scabs (from where the grafts were placed) should be gone in "approximately 2 weeks". It's now been over 3 weeks and I still have quite a bit of scabs (some rather large) remaining. Is there an absolute "timeframe" when they will all heal, or a way to expedite this scab removal process?

Answer:

Your hair restoration physician should have provided instructions on hair washing techniques that assist with scab removal. Some physicians however, rather their patients wait until the scabs fall off naturally. If the latter is the case, it's perfectly normal for scabs to be hanging on at 3 weeks. However, don't hesitate to be a bit more aggressive in the shower while shampooing your scalp hair. Massaging your scalp with your fingertips in a circular motion can help cleanse the scalp and facilitate scab removal. Just be sure not to use your fingernails to pick at the scabs or you may cause the area to bleed.

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