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Post Fue Hair Care - Concerns Over Lost Grafts

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  1. CliffLee

    CliffLee Established Member

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    8-9 days post my FUE I noticed that flakes and scabs were loosening on my scalp and so would start to gently massage my scalp. I noticed that along with the flakes, hairs would be attached. I never picked the scabs and there was never any pain or bleeding. By the end of day 9, virtually all scabs were removed.

    I'm worried that I may have been too early in completing the removal process of flakes and scabs and perhaps should have waited for day 10-12. Or perhaps I should have let them come out on their own. I wanted to speed the process up a little since I needed to be back at work on day 10.

    Should I be concerned that I may have lost grafts?
     
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    This is probably early shedding of the graft hairs and is normal. The grafts are usually set by the 5th day.
     
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    shookwun Senior Member

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    Never lost anything.


    Stop stressing
     
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    Thanks both for the replies. I guess I'm just a little concerned and the fact I have to wait 6/12 months for results makes me anxious.

    I've attached some images. Please take a look and let me know if all seems to be OK in your opinion. For those interested, I had 3,050 grafts with Dr Feriduni in Belgium. He was excellent and the team were great from start to finish. If anyone has any questions about his practice, let me know.

    The first 3 images are post-op, later that night. The last 3 images are day 9 once 95% of the flakes/scabs had been removed. I had quite a bit of redness on the scalp, which I was advised about pre-op due to my light skin colour. I was also told that the redness on the sides of the scalp would be worse, due to the angle/method used to add the incisions/grafts.
     

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    The photos look good, a dense hairline and the angles look right. You should start losing the rest of the hairs as they fall into shock, then see growth in 3-4 months.
     
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    All fine.

    Grafts will begin to sprout around 10-12 weeks post operation

    By 6-8 months all grafts will be done sprouting
     
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    Thanks shookwun.

    Just wish I'd let the scabs fall off naturally.
     
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    Here are some pics pre-op.
     

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    looks very similar to me

    thin receded frontal third with temples sides moving back too

    look forward to seeing your results

    you on any meds?
     
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    Thanks sunchyme1, I'll be sure to post monthly pics if people are interested. Yes, I'm on finasteride (1.25mg daily) and minoxidil (x2 daily). Restarted minoxidil 2 weeks post-op. Have you booked up a hair transplant?

    Do you guys think that optimally I should have waiting for the crusts to fall from my scalp, or do you think it won't make any difference to the end result that I massaged/removed the crusts on days 8-9?
     
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    The earlier you remove the scabs the faster you heal.


    I would say you were to gentle and overly worried on the scabs.

    By say 7 it's advised to start gently massaging the scabs after shampooing to remove them. They come off rather easy.


    There is no reason why you should have scabs after 10-14 days. At this point ibqould say you have a poor washing texhnique.

    Realistically after 3 days you would need a surgical instrument to dislodge the grafts. Do you realise how tiny of an incesion is made, we are talking a micro punch with a graft filled in. It ain't going no where.


    I'm guessing this is your first transplant?
     
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    The crusts don't remove themselves, you need to gently rub them off. I was like you, over cautious and still had scabs until day 10. You wouldn't have lost any grafts. relax
     
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    Thanks for the response. I feel a lot better about removing the crusts now.

    Yes, this is my first hair transplant. I was told that I could get a max of 8,000 grafts with FUE so I'd be looking to have a future hair transplant if need be.
     
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    Thanks spring15, for the response. I appreciate it.
     
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    First of all you will never be able to extract 8000 fue alone without looking bald at the back of your head.


    I believe even people such as @Wolf Pack have mentioned with dense donor areas that 6k is the upper limit. We are taking in consideration an amount that still leaves your back donor looking normal.

    I have a thread on this in the transplant discussion from a credible doctor.
     
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    OK thanks both. Guess I'll have 3000 grafts to play with should I need it down the line.
     
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    Here are some images post-op, taken at the practice by the Dr. There is also one of the donor area.
     

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    I wasn't going to update until month 8, since I have kept my hair very short but I decided to take a few mobile pics, straight out of the shower - so my hair is dripping wet. I am currently on month 7 and my hair is only about an inch or so long.

    The first set of pics (pics 5-6) are under normal lighting, closer up, whilst the second set (pics 1-3) are right under a bright living room light. There is no product or concealer in my hair.

    You can see that there are a couple of small patches (left side & very center of forelock), where the hair is thinner, however I'm optimistic that this will thicken over the coming months (and I plan on having my hair at least 2/3 inches in length).

    I will still post pics again in month 8 and onwards, or when I see improvement in density/ appearance.
     

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    Thanks for the response.

    I will post some better pics in the coming months, with my hair up and dry - I want to have longer hair in the pics. The pics are at month 7, which I read is about 60-70% of the final density. I'm really hoping it will thicken a decent amount. Month 6 to 7 shot up in density, it was crazy. I'm hoping for more of the same, up until month 9-10. Then I think the final few months are more about textual changes, etc. What do you think, Wolf Pack?

    Also, how do you mean re the design of the hairline/temple points? I'm just curious. I think he gave me a NW1.5/2, which believe it or not, was my original hairline - just always had a high hairline/big forehead.
     
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