Hair transplantation is a boon of modern day’s innovation and technology. Many see it as a gift since they no longer have to live with baldness, patchy hair or suffer hair fall. The science of hair transplantation has evolved, due to which the modern-day procedures give natural-looking, long-lasting results. India is among the top 5 countries worldwide for high quality, affordable hair transplant procedures.
In a typical hair transplant surgical process, hair is transplanted from one part of the scalp(donor area) to the bald area (recipient area). Based on the extraction technique adopted, the two most popular procedures available today are FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction and FUT or Follicular Unit Transplantation.
In FUE, each hair follicle is individually removed from the patient’s donor area and then transplanted into a bald or thinned region of the head. This procedure has considerably few and more minor wounds. Hence, the healing is quicker. In FUT, a strip is taken from your scalp, which is divided into small units. The grafts are extracted from these small strips. Hence, this is a long and time-taking process.
As these are surgical procedures, there are some wounds left on the scalp after the procedure. So let’s understand these scabs and fully understand what precautions should be taken.
What are Scabs & Crusts
Post hair transplant surgery, scabs form due to dried up blood, and crusts result from dead graft tissue. During the transplant process, your doctor makes small incisions on your scalp for the grafting process. These small incisions result in scabs that take a few days to heal. These scabs do not appear immediately after the surgery. Instead, they show up 2-3 days after the procedure. This is perfectly normal and an indication of healing.
How to take care of scabs/crusts on the scalp?
The good news is they fall off on their own within a week or two weeks. However, if the scabs do not disappear even after two weeks, you can easily remove scabs and crusts using shampoo. If you observe that these scabs and crusts are not falling off on their own, then it’s best to consult your doctor. Please do not try self-made home remedies, which can cause infections.
Precautions need to be taken as long as you have scabs:-
- Avoid scratching your scalp. Some think that by pulling or plucking, they can get rid of the scabs, which is incorrect.
- Avoid touching the scalp and transplanted grafts. Touching them can dislodge or damage the grafts.
- After five days of the surgery, spray normal saline water on your scalp.
- If your doctor recommends, then soak the heads in a bathtub. The water must be lukewarm and use baby oil while soaking. Soak for a minimum of 45 minutes to help reduce the scabbing.
- Massaging greatly helps in the healing required and reduces scabbing. Take care not to use nails while massaging, as these scabs are firmly attached to the transplanted hair. So if nails are used to pick the scabs, the grafts also will get dislodged.
Precautions for post transplanted hair
- Avoid smoking and alcohol for at least three days after the surgery.
- It’s best to stop vitamin supplements, aspirin, antibiotics or painkillers. Taking your doctor’s recommendation is the best.
- Give yourself a break and rest for at least a week.
- Change your sleeping position and lie down on the back.
- Until your doctor says OK, do not use a hairdryer.
By eating a healthy and balanced diet and maintaining a clean scalp, your transplant will be successful. For natural and beautiful, long-lasting hair, follow your doctor’s instructions to the bits.
After the transplant, patient’s expect beautiful wavy hair, and instead, when they see scabs, crusts they get worried. But understand that this quote is normal, and all these issues will go off in a couple of weeks, and you see the expected results. We at hair sure international are always available to calm your worries, and feel free to contact the Hairsure Clinic at 04042020202 today! We are here to help you achieve thicker hair.