View Full Version : Crust/Scabs donor area

06-06-2016, 08:29 AM
Hi all,

I did my hair transplant of 2500 grafts 10 days ago. It has all been okay so far, however I am a bit concerned about the donor area as it contained quite some crust/scabs.

I have been trying to stay away from it by not touching it, however due to the irritation and itchy feelings I have been going over the donor area quite frequently (without scratching). I noticed that since two days now, that quite a lot of crust seems to fall off by doing so. Whether I had my hair washed or when it was all dry, it seems be coming off. Some places on the donor area have been so irritating that I have also had "electric shocks" going through. I have a feeling that it may be a spot that has appeared and may be causing it. This seems to be under control when I take some paracetamol. The surrounding of it was hard crust and at some point I peeled a bit off, which I am regretting now.

I don't have any issues with the front where my grafts have been implanted, but touching the donor area, will this cause hair not to grow back? I was told that 60% of the grafts taken out of the donor area will come back, but I am a bit worried since I have been touching it quite frequently. Does it work the same way as the recipient area?

Any advice is appreciated.

WHTC Clinic
06-06-2016, 12:48 PM
Hi. Hopefully, you are following your doctor's post-op instructions, but the scabs will fall in two weeks. Hair taken from the donor area doesn't typically return unless your procedure involved some form of cellular therapy. Do you have any photos to share?

06-07-2016, 06:54 AM
You should contact your doctor immediately with all your questions. I think how your are touching the areas (lightly, firm, etc.) and after how many days will determine if it's detrimental, it's never a good idea IMO (but your doctor should know best).

I have never heard of the donor area growing back after the grafts that were transplanted. The root of the hair is being physically moved so I am not sure how that is possible. I believe there is some stem cell treatments that may contain re-generational capabilities but that's likely performed after surgery (from my understanding it's new and not very common yet).

06-07-2016, 06:35 PM
I think that a lot of docs underplay the amount of crusting that many patients have. The good news is that, with rare exceptions, even bad crusting does not portend a bad outcome. Crusting is just something you have to go through most of the time. It is annoying and looks terrible, but it goes away.