How to differentiate a crust coming out if it's with a follicle or without a follicle? (photo)
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Grafts are very strong shortly after the transplant, and having hair in a fallen scab does not mean the root is lost
The scabs that you see are the combination of some old blood, some very dry skin and are a part of a normal healing process. In the first week, we have our patients wash their hair with a bowl of water and pour it gently to let this superficial scabbing dislodge. We also let them spray the hair with some saline to keep it just a little bit moist. By the second week, we encourage our patients to scrub a bit. Of course, we do examine our patients before we give them this advice to make sure that they are not doing anything that can be traumatic.
Seeing a hair in the scab doesn’t mean you lost the graft. The base of that graft is called the dermal papilla which is the root of the hair. It’s actually the one that does the growing. Sometimes, what happens is that the hair will break or shed and that is normal. I think communicating with your doctor is critically important. Every experienced hair restoration surgeon will be able to give you an advice from their experience. I’m sure that with a little bit of guidance, you can anticipate what will happen beyond this initial early point in your healing process. I hope that was helpful, I wish you the best of luck, and thank you for your question.
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