Can I use my hand to clean the scab on my head 10 days post op? If not, how bad are its effects? (Photo)
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Post op hair wash
I recommend from day 10 the patient wash and massage the scalp when wet and massage with the weight of the fingers using the fingertips in a circular motion to break down any crusts. If performed twice daily, this will really speed up the healing process and break down the crusts and scabs. It will feel like grit coming off the scalp and this is part of the process.
If it’s the first surgery then some patients are scared to massage but it really needs to be done. By day 15 you should have a pretty clean scalp, so don’t be shy but massage to speed up this procesAll the best
10 DAY POST OP HAIR WASHING
After one week all normal hair washing techniques should resume. If you are worried about rubbing the scabs simply stand under the water stream or lay in a tub of water for 15 minutes. After soaking you can simply wash your hair normally and the scabs will likely be gone. Its also safe to resume all you normal activities.
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Cleaning the crusting
Thank you for the pictures. You should be fine. To be honest with you, would it have been ideal not to use your nails? Yes. Ideally you use the pads of your finger tips and gently let the scabbing work its way off. That being said, by day 10 it really is hard to remove the follicle itself unless you really dug in to your scalp. At this time I would not worry. Relax, enjoy your hair restoration session and give it time to grow in. Best of luck!
Post op care
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