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How To Avoid Infection and Manage Scabs With Hair Transplantation
How To Avoid Infection and Manage Scabs With Hair Transplantation


Jun 25, 2024

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Este Medical Group

Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure where hair follicles are removed from one part of the body and implanted into another. Like any invasive surgery, there is a risk of infection if the treated area is not kept clean and washed appropriately. Additionally, as with any surgical procedure involving incisions, scabbing may occur as part of the process of wound healing and skin repair.

After a hair transplant there are certain precautions to take to ensure the most optimal recovery. They include:  

  • Follow Post-Surgery Instructions: Stick to the specific aftercare instructions provided by your surgeon or clinic.
  • Keep the Donor and Recipient Areas Clean: Gently wash both the donor and recipient areas as instructed to prevent infection and promote healing.
  • Avoid Touching or Scratching: Try hard not to touch or scratch the treated areas to prevent dislodging grafts or introducing bacteria.
  • Protect from Sun Exposure: Shield the treated areas from direct sunlight and use sunscreen as advised by your hair transplant surgeon.
  • Avoid Strenuous Activities: Hold off on strenuous exercises or activities that may increase blood flow to the scalp for the first few days post-surgery.
  • Sleep with Head Elevated: Sleep with your head elevated for the first few nights to reduce swelling and facilitate drainage.
  • Take Prescribed Medications: Take medications such as antibiotics or pain relievers according to the schedule provided by your hair graft surgeon.
  • Limit Alcohol and Smoking: Avoid alcohol and smoking as they can interfere with the healing process.
  • Eat a Balanced Diet: Have a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals to support healing and hair growth.
  • Book Follow-Up Aftercare Appointments: Attend scheduled follow-up appointments with your hair surgeon to monitor progress and address any concerns.

Following these post-op hair transplant tips will significantly contribute to a successful and smooth recovery.

Understanding Hair Transplant Scabs: The ‘Ugly Duck’ Phase

After having a hair transplant procedure, it's fairly common to experience some scabbing as part of the healing process. These scabs, often referred to as the Ugly Duckling Hair Transplant stage, are a natural occurrence as the scalp heals and new hair follicles begin to take root. While they may initially cause concern, managing scabs properly can enhance both comfort and aesthetic outcomes during recovery.

Top 3 Ways to Improve the Look of Scabs and Promote Healing: 

  1. Follow a Gentle Washing Routine:
    • Use a mild shampoo recommended by your hair surgeon.
    • Regular washing helps to soften and loosen scabs without disturbing newly transplanted follicles. Avoid hard water pressure directly to the treatment area for a while. 
  2. Moisturise the Scalp:
    • Use a non-pore-clogging moisturiser.
    • Apply moisturiser gently to the scalp after washing and as needed throughout the day. Moisturising keeps the scalp hydrated, which can aid in the natural shedding of scabs and promote healing.
  3. Avoid Picking and Scratching:
    • Resist the urge to pick at scabs, as this can dislodge grafts and may increase the risk of infection.
    • By allowing scabs to shed naturally, you support the healing process and minimise potential complications.

Navigating this phase of hair transplant recovery requires patience and proper care. Implementing these top three strategies can effectively improve the appearance of scabs and promote a smoother, more comfortable recovery experience.

Considering an Este Medical Hair Transplant in Turkey? 

Interested in learning more about Este hair loss success stories or our post-transplant aftercare services? Contact us through our website to begin your hair restoration journey to Turkey. 

At Este Medical Group, we provide a free hair grafting consultation to walk you through how to prepare for hair transplant surgery, what to expect during your surgery, and which aftercare hair grafting recovery treatments you should expect to have to ensure the most successful results.

Last Updated:

June 25, 2024

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