After a hair transplant surgery, there are scabs on the recipient area. They indicate the healing process has started. However, many patients worry about the scabs after a hair transplant; they wonder if it is a normal phenomenon and affects the grafts in any way.
Why are they scabs after a hair transplant?
Several factors cause scabs after a hair transplant. The fluids injected during the surgery and blood go out from the skin through the pores. Drying, they form scabs.
During the surgery, blood dots may appear. They dry and turn into scabs in about ten days after the surgery.
How to care for scabs?
Most of the time, scabs appear days after the surgery.
Those scabs are a natural phenomenon and should not cause worries. They go away by themselves about fifteen days after the surgery. Often, some hair falls with the scabs; no worries, it does not mean the grafts are damaged. The surgery caused an oxygen shortage in the hair follicles, which momentarily weakened them.
However, if there are still scabs two weeks after the hair transplant, the patient may use a moisturizing lotion.
Touching the scabs could lead to an infection, inflammation, or damage to the grafts.
How to get rid of scabs?
Two weeks after the transplant, if there are still scabs and they do not fall by themselves, the patient can use a moisturizing lotion on the recipient area and sit for at least 30 minutes. Then, rinse with warm water and repeat every day until all the scabs go away.
What to not do with scabs?
The post-surgery period is crucial for the procedure results. Better avoid rubs on the recipient area, tobacco, blow-drying, and styling products. Avoid physical activity and sun exposure on the first day after the surgery.