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Dry/Cracking Recipient Area

NotGoing2GoBald

NotGoing2GoBald

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-this doesn't bother me in the slightest, but I just wan to ensure that this can in no way have an adverse affect on my grafts and/or yield. Also, the second picture makes it look a bit worse than it is. In person there is no yellow puss type discoloration or any real swelling look; at least by the naked eye.

-also, I'm dying to shave my native hair but some of the hairs are in close proximity to the grafts. Is it safe to do so now? What about the staples?

-when did you begin wearing normal (snug/tight) fitting hats again?

Any (knowledgeable) info on this would be greatly appreciated.

PS I did contact H&W about this & awaiting their response, just wanted to hear your guys (and janna) input/experience w/this as well.
 

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Bigmac

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Hi Ng.

The dry/cracking is all normal but some say to keep the area moist with aloe vera,saline spray or Graftcyte.

I used Graftcyte spray and my scabs disappeared fairly quickly.

For shaving your /buzzing your hair i would wait until you get your staples out then do it.

Hope that helps

bm.
 
Baldspot

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Hi NG2GB,

I'd agree with BM. For me, scabs were starting to come away by now and were pretty much all gone by the time the staples came out. I've only worn a hat off and on since the op but it's been the stylish (not) Trucker cap.

As for the thought of buzzing down and touching the staples - my teeth are grinding at the thought LOL. I've also found that some of the staple holes can be a bit sore for a few days after while they heal.

Looking good though.
 
NotGoing2GoBald

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Thanks guys, much appreciated. Here's H&W's suggestions in case anyone would like to know:

-wearing snug/tight fitting hat: wait until all swelling is gone.

-buzzing down: best to wait until all scabs are gone & staples removed (yet I've seen patients do this prior, like jotronic).

-grafts LOCKED in place: by day 7 the only way to do damage to the grafts would be by significant trauma to the head (apart from sunburn & applying products w/alcohol to the area). so it's safe to sleep "normal" & wash hair normal now as well.

-dry/cracking skin: perfectly normal and I can take long hot showers, wash normally to get rid of the scabs and begin applying vitamin E oil at night for dryness, now that it's 7 days post op.
 
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Bigmac

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Glad the advice ties in with the docs advice.

Remember drink the alcohol,not pour it on your head.:)
 
Spex

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Aloe vera has always proven to be very helpful for this post op - i would have thought by now though your situ is better.:)