View Full Version : flaky scalp...not sure if dirty or standard crusting...

12-03-2012, 07:52 PM
I didn't really experience any bloody scabs or crusts or anything post surgery...had 3200 grafts (I looked really clean almost immediately following the procedure), but now my scalp is starting to get really dry or crusts are just now developing. Since the operation (now 13 days ago) I haven't actually touched my scalp at all when showering. I've let the water hit the donor areas but not my receipient zone at all. I'm taking cups of water and spilling them on the top of my head in order to wash it. I'll take a cup with shampoo suds in it and rinse my head that way as to avoid touching the grafts. Is this ok or am I starting to get flaky because my scalp needs my fingers to actually make some contact to break up the dirt or dryness or scabs?

It just started getting like this over the past 2-3 days. What do you recommend?

12-04-2012, 01:21 AM
My HT surgeon told me all the flaking / scabs should be gone by day 10 and after that you can use your fingers to get rid of anything stuck to your scalp . Some hairs might come of in this process but thats normal as they leave the actual follicle underneath the scalp .

You should have shockloss starting in a weeks time .

12-04-2012, 11:02 AM
I agree vinny, and the post-op instructions for most doctors/clinics call for the same type of care. Unless the patient is a slow healer, the epidermis should be healed enough by now (two weeks) to allow for one's fingers to remove any scabbing and dry flaky skin cells left.

But always follow your own doctor's post-op advice. They may suggest using vitamin E or other over-the-counter products to help alleviate the dryness and flaking of the scalp.

sndm, sounds like you have taken good care of your scalp and wish you the best regrowth that will be coming soon! ;)