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grafts all over my pillow!

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Hello everybody,

 

I'm hoping someone can help me. I had FUE 16 days ago. This morning I woke up with loads of grafts on my pillow (or maybe they weren't grafts but hairs with dead skin on them). I also had them in my finger nails, so I'd obviously been scratching. There is no blood on my head though. I'm trying to make myself feel better by telling myself that when I wash it, I'm effectually washing out the hair that's ready to fall out in the shedding phase....but somehow this just feels wrong.

 

I've I lost all those grafts that were on my pillow, or did I just speed up the shedding phase with my scratching?

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I'm no expert, but at 16 days you should dig really hard to dislodge a graft. Blood would have been a tell-tale.

 

I shed my graft from 2/3 weeks onwards, a lot of those ended up on the pillow.

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Isn't the point that, at this stage, you're likely not dislodging/losing a graft. Rather you're "losing" the hair that's attached to the graft.

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you just lost hairs. not grafts as others have mentioned. they will be secure as F now.

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I am not sure if you were instructed on what happens after a transplant regardless of the harvesting method. In most cases the implanted grafts will "sit" and passively absorb oxygen and food from the surrounding tissue. They adapt and take root usually over the first 6 to 7 days. Sometime around the 10 day time frame the hair shafts will extrude and shed. Because of the solutions used in numbing there can be a little swelling or a "sunburn" type effect to the recipient area and this skin can peel off. The bulbs are there, as noted above if they had been dislodged (and at 16 days this is very very unlikely) there would have been bleeding and it would have been enough to get your attention. Most of the hair will shed leaving you much as you were prior to your procedure. The grafts will have entered into the resting phase and will sit for 2 to 4 months before they begin to regrow. You are just beginning your journey! Good luck!


Ailene Russell, NCMA

Clinical Supervisor for Dr. Jerry Cooley

Carolina Dermatology Haircenter

Charlotte, NC

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