After a Hair Transplant When Can I Start Massaging My Scalp?

April 23rd, 2007

Q: I had a hair transplant 4 days ago and am feeling itchy in the area where I have my grafts. When can I start massaging the area?

A: You can massage at 10 days post-op, as the grafts are firmly in place by this time, but I would not scratch the area for several weeks more, if at all.

Itching can be lessened by applying hydrocortisone 1% ointment to the area twice a day and by taking Benadryl 25mg every 4 to 6 hours (may cause drowsiness). Both medications can be obtained over-the-counter without a prescription.

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Posted by Robert M. Bernstein M.D. on April 23rd, 2007 at 7:00 am


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