Washing hair after neograft (FUE) surgery...

On Thurs, I got 1500 grafts (FUE) transplanted. Today (Sunday), I showered for the first time. As directed by my doctor, I mixed baby shampoo (maybe too much) into a bowl of water, and then I poured the mixture over my head. Then, I poured a bowl of straight water over my head to rinse. Afterwards, I felt as though some shampoo still remained. (I'm not sure.) I don't know what to do. I'm afraid to pour more water over my head, because what if too much water pouring causes the grafts to dislodge?

Doctor Answers 13


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I recommend gently rinsing the day after a hair transplant.  Don't allow the shower stream to directly strike your head.  You should be ok at 4 days to rinse thoroughly by using a bowl.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 54 reviews

Washing hair after neograft (FUE) surgery

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You are 4 days following NeoGraft hair transplant. If you still have shampoo in your hair following poring diluted baby shampoo in your hair, continue with clear water until the shampoo is washed out of your scalp completely. Gently poring the water on your scalp should not hurt the grafts.

We have patients start this process one day following NeoGraft FUE hair transplant surgery. The grafts are pretty solidly in place at one week. Of course, common sense must be used.

Congratulations on getting the NeoGraft. My patients are elated after the surgery. I have had it done and am elated as well.

Neograft Post Care

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Great question! 

Always best to call your Neograft physician with any questions or concerns, but as stated below, sounds like you are perfectly fine. Pouring the water over the area with a cup or bowl, as you did, is what we instruct our patients, as well. The rinsing after with a bowl of water is normal, to get the shampoo out and you want to do this, as we wouldn't want to leave excess shampoo on the scalp. As long as you use that same gentle method, this should not dislodge the grafts. 


Dr. Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 152 reviews

Washing your hair

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Hi There,This is a very typical concern. There should be nothing to concern yourself about as long as you are very gentle and don't put any direct water pressure on the transplant site for the first few days. We actually provide our patients with an aftercare spray-on shampoo for this reason. As long as you follow your aftercare instructions you really should have no issues. I hope this helps. 

Cory Torgerson, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 170 reviews

You are fine!

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48 hours after your procedure, it is safe to GENTLY RINSE your hair. As long as you gently rinse with warm water, you will not dislodge any grafts. Hope all turns out well!

Michael S. Beckenstein, MD
Birmingham Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

Washing your hair after NeoGraft

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It is very important to gently and thoroughly wash your hair following your hair, after your initial post-treatment appointment of course.  Simply take a cup of warm (not hot!!) water and gently pour it over your head.  Than, mix warm water and some baby shampoo in the cup, pour this mixture over your head, and gently rinse your hair with several cup-fulls of warm water, until the water rinses clear of bubbles.  

Washing your Hair

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You are correct in being concerned about the way you wash your hair. It is very important to wash your hair softly, gently and carefully during the initial moments in your post-op care. Please follow your surgeon's recovery guidelines diligently so as to ensure you receive the best results possible.

Ross A. Clevens, MD
Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 124 reviews

Post op car after hair transplant

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For post op care,  make sure you follow your doctors advise, you can start to cleanse we
with shampoo and pad very gently after two days. To pour more water gently to clean off the shampoo is alright. 

Michael Meshkin, MD
Newport Beach Hair Restoration Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Washing after Neograft?

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For my Neograft patients I have them no nothing for 48 hours then pour baby shampoo mixed with water over their hair for 10 days.  You should be fine pouring the water gently over the shampooed area as many times as needed to remove the shampoo as long as there is no pressure nozzle washing and you are not rubbing/massaging the area.

Best wishes.

Shayne Webb, MD
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

Washing Your Hair

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It is best to gently wash your hair and if needed gently pat with finger tips (not rub) graft areas to help lift excess shampoo. We use the technique of patting shampoo and pouring water over your head compared to rubbing in shampoo and using a shower head as the pressure of both may dislodge grafts. 

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.