Getting a hair transplant is exciting, and it’s only natural to want the healing process to be as quick as possible. Keeping this in mind, many of our clients inquire about how to remove scabs after hair transplants. Following your surgery, we give you detailed instructions on caring for your scalp, ensuring quick recovery and beautiful results.
What’s the best way to remove scabs after a hair transplant? Patients should massage their scalp with their fingers when washing and soaking their hair. Scabs will be softened and encouraged to fall off naturally. This may dislodge newly implanted grafts. Most patients are scab-free around ten days after surgery with the proper washing regimen.
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Excision/Extraction (FUE) are the two main methods for transplanting hair. During such procedures, healthy hair follicles are taken from the donor area of the patient’s scalp and transplanted to the areas suffering from hair loss (the recipient area).
Both procedures are performed by our renowned hair restoration expert and leading surgeon, Dr Edward Ball, using specialist blades ranging from 0.6mm to 1.1mm, depending on the patient’s skin texture and the size of the grafts. The distribution and direction of hair growth are determined at this stage. The hair grafts are then implanted by Dr Ball’s highly skilled team of technicians into the balding areas of the scalp.
As a result of every incision, a tiny scab forms on the scalp. Incisions should be sized to match the graft size at the recipient site to ensure a good seal that reduces bleeding. As a result, our patients are frequently surprised by how clean their scalps look after surgery due to minimal scab formation.
Within the first 24 hours after surgery, scabbing usually appears in the recipient area. Redness and swelling of the scalp are also possible, though they should be mild and subside within a couple of days.
In many cases, scabs are mistaken for crusts, which are formed by drying skin fragments around the top of grafts. Skin-coloured dots can appear immediately following surgery in these cases. Dry crusts form within the first 24 hours but are usually more noticeable after rehydrating with an aftercare spray.
When appropriately washed, scabs or crusts should typically resolve by day 10.
Although the scabs feel itchy, it’s important not to scratch them while healing. During these crucial first few days, newly implanted grafts are fragile and easily dislodged, which would compromise the whole process. By the sixth postoperative day, your hair grafts should be secure, and you can soak and moisturise your hair to help the scabs and crusts lift.
It’s okay to touch your scalp after day six, but you should not pick the scabs off yourself. Your new hair might be damaged, and you might become infected. This could delay your recovery.
As a replacement, we recommend you wet your hair in warm water, apply conditioner generously for ten minutes, and gently massage your scalp under the shower to remove the conditioner. The purpose of this delicate process should be to remove the conditioner while moisturising and dislodging any dry skin or scabs left behind. Instead of using your nails, use your fingertips to massage your scalp.
Wash your scalp with a gentle shampoo after you have rubbed off the conditioner, and pat it dries with a soft towel. The use of conditioner before shampoo creates a “back-to-front” hair wash. If you apply this routine daily between day six and day ten after surgery, the scabs will soften and fall off naturally.
There you have it! Look at these essential tips from the experts about removing scabs after hair transplants! We hope this will be a great help to you.
Your skin heals faster and more effectively if you keep your wounds moist. When a wound is dry, it forms a scab quickly, and your ability to heal is slowed down. You can also prevent itchiness and scarring by moistening your scabs or wounds.
In addition to preventing the wound from drying out and forming a scab, petroleum jelly speeds up the healing process. The scar won’t become too large, deep, or itchy.
Do scabs need to be left untouched as long as possible? Scabs can sometimes allow wounds to heal, but sometimes they prevent them from healing, so they need to be removed to accelerate the healing process. You should discuss this with your doctor on a case-by-case basis.