Hair wash after FUE hair transplant? advice please
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Really? ... Really?
You paid thousands of dollars and trusted your doctor to perform surgery on your body and you are waiting for an answer on the Internet for post operative care instructions?
... and you haven't taken a shower in 9 days?
Call your doctor. Email your doctor.
I hope you were able to reach your doctor or take in some basic information from prior answers.
Washing after FUE
Washing Hair following an FUE hair transplant
This is information the surgeon who performed your procedure should have given you. In our practice, patients are to spray their new grafts with a combination of Lactated Ringer's with 5% dextrose (eg: D5LR) with Liposomal ATP (by Energy Delivery Solutions) every hour while they are awake for 3 days post-operatively, and then 5-6 times a day until scabs all are gone. If there are any remaining on the 8th day, I have my patients coat the recipient area with baby oil for 30 minutes, then jump into the shower to get all the remaining crusts and scabs off.
We have found that if you have been good with the spraying for the first few days, that the grafts are fully healed in by day 5 or 6. In terms of showering, my patients are permitted to shower 24 hours following your procedure using the "cup method".....on the day after surgery, the patients may shower, but not let the jets hit their new grafted area. A plastic cup is used to collect water and then the water is gently poured onto the grafts and into the hair to clean it and wash away the crusting and scabbing. By day 9, there should typically be zero scabbing and crusting, and frankly a patient is ready to head into work without a hat by that time.
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Washing the crusts off
There are no 100% guarantees, but it is probable if there is no crusting and you did not pull out the graft (and it shed on its own), a hair with a bulb after 12 days will leave behind the growth center. See the medical paper I co-authored, 'Graft Anchoring after Hair Transplantation' on my website, referenced below. It's work reading
Hair washing protocol after Hair Restoration
Caring for your FUE grafts
A simple protocol to follow is:
1. 0-3 days: spray grafts every hour with the bottle given to you by your surgeon
2. 3-7 days: spray grafts six times a day
3. 8-10 days: if scabs remain coat grafts with baby oil and leave on for an hour and then shower with gentle massage
This can begin within 24 hrs using the traditional "pour over" cup method. Some patients like to shower twice a day. I preferrred twice a day with my procedure!
Washing scalp after FUE hair transplant #plasticsurgery
Hair wash after FUE - Day 9
- Hair wash with special shampoo and sponge (that we provide) for the firsts 5 days twice a day.
- After day 6 from the procedure they can continue washing their hair with shampoo, leaving it longer on the scalp until the scabs are getting soft and fall.
- Resume regular hair washing after the first week if the scabs are all gone, if continue to have scabs they have to wash their head twice a day until they are all gone.
Post-op care: How do I care for my grafts?
I have my patients very gently pour soapy shampoo containing water over the grafts twice daily for a week (and then rinse each time too). For the first three days, grafts are sprayed with ATP solution. For the first week, I don't like patients to touch the grafts.
In week 2 (day 8-14), grafts can be gently massaged in order to loosen crusts. I often recommend application of baby oil three times per week to soften the crusts. Washing is done once daily in week 2 rather than twice daily. For most of my patients, normal showering resumes day 14.
This is how my patients do it - but be sure to check with your surgeon for specific advice.
Post op FUE
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