Is it actually harmful to not rinse or wash recipient area say for as long as 5 to 7 days post transplant? (Photo)
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Washing grafts after an ARTAS procedure?
Post-operative regimens are important to follow as they can most definitely affect graft survival. Your surgeon should have provided you with a lengthy post-operative care package of information and day-by-day instructions, irrigation solutions, wound ointment, gauze, etc. I would follow the directions as provided by your surgeon. At my office I have our patients start to irrigate their grafts on the evening of surgery with a solution consisting of lactated ringer’s solution with liposomal ATP added to it. Bioenhanced hair restoration has arrived. This solution helps to feed the grafts in the days following surgery as the follicles receive their new blood supply from the scalp. The patients irrigate their grafts frequently following the surgery, and this helps to wash away serum and scabs so that your grafts can heal without the burden of a scab over top impairing healing. Bottom line is that it’s helpful to rinse your grafts often following your procedure with solutions that help the new hairs take root in their new location. I hope this information is helpful to you.
Washing the recipient area
It is important that you begin washing your new hair on day 3 to help with healing. I do not recommend touching the grafts until after a week but the water itself will help loosen up the scabs.
Rinsing recipient area post hair transplant
In our practice, patients are instructed to start showering and gently washing the recipient area the day after the surgery. The first day after surgery the patient will shower three times, and for the remainder of the week, showering will be twice daily. When showering, patients can clean the transplanted area with a special medicated shampoo that is gentle on grafts. The follicular unit grafts are made to fit snugly into the recipient sites and will not be dislodged in the shower, as long as the patient is washing gently. The purpose of showering the day after the procedure is to remove scabs and dried blood to allow improved graft healing.
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