I 'd a hair transplant of 6000 grafts 11 days ago .Tonight,I washed my head gently rubbed donor area with fingers and direct touches with shampoo to the recipient area as per doctor's advise.What scared me is that I could pull out some scabs from my the transplanted area they looked like grafts and had hair in it. what I already know is that hairs grown from the transplanted grafts fall (3rd- 4th week) and regrow after 2 months .But grafts themselves fall ?? is that normal ? what's left?
Can Grafts Be Pulled out 10 Days After a Hair Transplant? (photo)
Doctor Answers 8
No No No, never pull grafts out
In FUE or any transplant including a beard transplant it should be treated just like a regular hair transplant with regard to the recipient area, but if the donor area has open wounds (FUE), it requires 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 in a rolling motion, never rubbing. 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
Grafts falling out
6000 grafts. Wow! I know only a few clinics that do that many in a session. Your grafts look good and it is likely that no more will come out. The few you have seen probably came out within a day or two of the surgery and were stuck to the scalp or what you have seen represent the early typical shedding of the grafts that occur 2-4 weeks after a transplant. . It is quite hard to intentionally pull out grafts after one week. I would not worry, but would suggest you discuss things with your surgeons.
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Hair transplant graft take
This graft that came out most likely was a non-viable graft. By about 7-10 days, the grafts are fairly adhered although they can be pulled out with great effort. If the graft was not living, it most likely came out with a scab.
If you went to a reputable clinic you should have a great result with 6000 grafts!
Post-operative period and losing grafts
I saw the picture and it looks like a hair graft that probably never took and never survived and was part of the scab. Generally speaking the grafts take and survive during the first 5 days PO but the patient should be still very carefull about scratching the scalp or washing the recipient area. 6,000 are a lot of grafts. It is normal the shedding of the transplanted hairs and can happen up to 12 weeks after the transplant. I will suggest you to follow the postoperative instructions given by your surgeon.
If what you see are big chunks of skin they are likely dried up hair grafts that did not take.
6000 grafts by the way is a unusually high number for one surgery.
Fall out of grafts after a transplant
Often after 10 days the roots (bulbs) of the grafts are well embedded. However, the shaft of the follicle may fall out and this is common and ok. Ultimately, it is best to discuss this with your hair transplant doctor.
Transplanted hair follicles are very strong and can't be pulled out easily, but some hair shedding and shaft breakage can occur
It is not unusual for a few hairs to be shed after hair transplantation. Sometimes, when the scab is flaking off, it tends to cause the breakage of hair and not the actual grafts. I usually tell my patients that even after a few days, the grafts wouldn’t fall out. These grafts are deeply embedded under the skin to the point that one must have to physically cut out the graft in order for it to be non-viable.
In our practice, we use a combination of our transplant procedure and extracellular matrix to improve the rate of healing and to improve the rates of graft survival. As you probably already know that a certain percentage of grafts that are placed will not necessary survive and there are many factors as to why that is the case. The real final result of a hair transplant usually takes about a year before you see how many hairs have survived.
I wound suggest that you speak to your doctor about this and don’t stress out too much about losing a hair or two here and there. Remember that it is not likely that the follicle or the key part of the dermal papilla has fallen out. Also, keep in mind that out of the thousands of grafts, a couple of hairs may not make it depending on how much hair you had existing. A certain number of hairs may not survive because of shock loss, so it's best to continue communicating with your doctor to assess your condition. I hope that was helpful, and thank you for your question
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