10 Days Post Op Hairtransplant and Still Scabbing?

I've followed doctor orders to the letter. I have two areas up front that have pea sized scabs. Will these scabs harbor bacteria? I have placed some Polysporin on these areas to hopefully help prevent that.I also do not know if it's safe to sleep on my recipient sites as well as the donor site.

Doctor Answers 9

10 days after transplant and still have crusts

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. 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

Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Scabbing after a Hair Transplant

The medical literature says that after 24 hours the grafts are in place and can't really be pulled out.  However, I am paranoid, so I recommend you are very gentle until all the scabbing has cleared.  Generally, I have patients apply witchhazel, a topical astringent to the scalp with a spray bottle.  It keeps the scabs moist and clean.  You need to spray it on 6 or more times a day.  The scabs generally fall off after 7-10 days.  The polysporin is very thick and may injure the grafts.  So, I wouldn't apply it.

John Bitner, MD
Salt Lake City Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 86 reviews

Healing After Hair Transplant

Everyone heals differently and some patients take a little longer to heal.  You should discuss your concerns with your doctor.  Good luck.

Gary Motykie, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

10 Days Post Op Hairtransplant and Still Scabbing

Thank you for your question.  A photo would be helpful.  The small crusts around the micrographs will fall off naturally at around 10-14 days.  You can wash your hair daily and gently with a mild shampoo.  Try not to remove the crusts and allow them to fall off naturally.  Discuss your concerns with your surgeon. 

Jeff Angobaldo, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 104 reviews

10 Days Post Op Hair transplant and Still Scabbing?

This is not unusual and all may resolve in a few days time. Perhaps you have not been cleaning the area thoroughly. Please follow up and visit your doctor as they may be able to wash it off
Perfectly fine to sleep on all your scalp at this point

Bessam Farjo, MBChB
Manchester Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

Scabbing after hair transplantation is normal

Scabbing usually lasts close to two weeks. In order to speed up its resolution , keeping it moist is important. You can do this by standing in the shower twice a day and by just spraying a mist of water on the healing areas repeatedly during the day. Keeping an ointment such as Aquaphor over the healing areas helps as well.

Richard Fitzpatrick, MD (in memoriam)
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Healing After Hair Transplant

Post-op scabbing can sometimes take up to two full weeks to flake off. Keeping them clean and letting them run their natural course is all you can do. All instructions regarding post-op care, from sleeping to showering to exercising, should be addressed by your surgeon/clinic.

Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

Scabs after hair transpla

These questions should first be addressed to your surgeon. In most cases the crusts will fall off when they are ready to. The antibiotic ointment is good idea. The sleeping question should only be answered by your doctor . 

Sheldon S. Kabaker, MD FACS
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

If you have concerns call your doctor, don't self treat.

If you have concerns call your doctor, don't self treat.  Scabbing may be normal but you may need to clean and wash your scalp better.  Polysporin may not be the solution.  Washing may be a better solution.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 90 reviews

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