How To Remove Scabs After Hair Transplant
What Are Scabs After Hair Transplant?
Now that you have undergone one of the most important transformations surgery in your life, you might be in the state of relief as well as excited about the result. But then you suddenly start to see scabs on the scalp and began wondering, what on earth are these? Did the surgery not go well and also such a related question.
So let me tell you scab formation is a perfectly normal outcome of a hair transplant surgery and they are born out of the trauma the skin of scalp has undergone during the surgical procedure. These wounds when heal create a layer to protect which is nothing but scabs.
In this blog, we will understand everything about scab, how to remove them safely and other dos and don’ts that you need to understand.
Scabs Formation After Hair Transplant
Scabs generally start forming on the scalp around 3rd day of the surgery. Now although these are formed by the skin to heal the affected area during the surgery, these scabs also prove to be counter-productive as they reduce the breathing are for the new hair follicles and thus could hamper the progress.
Hence it is very important to remove these scabs from time to time. But removing it carefully is very important as otherwise, the procedure might cause more damage than help.
Let’s understand the ways In which you should remove the scabs after the hair transplant.
How To Remove Scabs After Hair Transplant?
Scabs that form on the scalp should be removed regularly so that the new hair follicles have room to breathe. But the procedure should be done properly otherwise the donor could get damaged.
Here are some useful tips that you should follow whenever you are removing the scabs:
1. Hair Wash 72 Hours Post-Surgery
After 72 hours of surgery, it is important to wash your hair basically for two reasons. First is to remove the scab formation on the donor area and second is to give breathing space to new follicles so that they can heal and grow faster. You can use shampoo for this hair wash but make sure it is very mild in nature. Baby shampoo is the best as they are gentle with minimum chemicals
2. Baby Oil And Water
You can also put baby oil in the bathtub and soak your head which also lets the scab to slough off.
3.No Scab Pick Up By Hand
Although post-surgery the donor area feels itchy and it is very tempting to scratch it by your nails, but do not do it at any cost. Picking up scab with hand and nails can damage the hair follicles and hamper the progress.
4.Doctor Recommended Saline Spray
Sometimes your doctor could also recommend saline spray which promotes the healing process and also helps you in case the scalp is too itchy.
5.Gentle Massage Underwater
The best way to massage the donor area on the scalp is by submerging it underwater. Water helps the massage process go smoother as it works as a lubricant and prevents any unwanted injury.
6. Let The Scabs Dry
Apart from the scab that itchy, it is best to keep the scabs as it is and let it dry. Once the scabs are dry they wither away on their own. As it is the skin’s natural process of healing, it gives the best result.
7. Normal Massage After 13th Day
Post 13th day the scalp is almost healed and you can perform a regular massage which will, in turn, remove all the remaining scabs on the head
Hair Falling Out With Scabs After Hair Transplant?
Many times you will observe the newly transformed hairs too fall along with scabs. For most patients, this might become a cause of panic or worry. But there is no need to worry.
This is a normal procedure and sometimes hairs do fall out along with the scabs. But in time there will be a growth of new hairs in the same area and pretty soon you will have a natural-looking hairline.
How Long Before Scabs Fall Off After Hair Transplant?
Scabs start forming in the donor area at around 3rd day after the surgery, but during that time the scabs are very tightly attached to the scalp. It is only after a week that you see these scabs as they are in the process of falling off. In a matter of 2 weeks most of the scabs must have fallen but that again completely depends on the number of hair grafts and density and size of incisions.
So to summarize, scabs are a perfectly normal phenomenon and the one that’s expected post hair transplant procedure and removal of it carefully following the above-mentioned tips can clean the scalp and promote faster growth of new hair.
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