Lost Grafts After My Hair Transplantation!

Q:

I am on my day 4 after my hair transplant surgery. I’m a little concerned that I may have pulled out a few grafts accidentally. They sure look like grafts. But then, the hairs are all dry and brittle, with no moisture at the ends, and that gel-like substance is also dry. Could they have just broken off, or are these grafts that didn’t take?

Thanks again for all of your help and support. I really appreciate it.

Best wishes,

A:

The most important question is whether you lost a graft or hair with scabbing after or before day 4 from your hair transplantation.  Looking closely at the photo you submitted shows that you may have lost the entire graft and it may have happened before then and you have found it now.

Remember that follicular units (a unit of one or a few hairs and their appendages) are very fragile in the first 4 days after hair transplantation.  If you accidentally scratched or rubbed the transplanted area during the first few days you may have dislodged the grafts and lost it completely.  However, any loss of hair after day 4 might be just a telogen (resting) hair with its attached scabbing and you still will grow normal hair from the remaining follicle.