How soon after a transplant procedure can you resume using cover ups such as, Couvre or GLH, until your newly transplanted hair grows in?
The use of Couvre and other scalp coloring agents, which tend to be powdery, can be safely used after the scabbing is gone. Scabbing is gone as early as 1-2 days on the short side, and 5-9 days on the long side. The difference between the short and long side reflect two controllable variables and one non-controllable one. The controllable ones are (1) size of the wounds, the smaller the wounds the shorter the healing time, and (2) the washing technique used at the surgery, the end of the surgery and the next day or two after the surgery. Good aggressive washing gets rid of scabs (in many of our patients) in a day or two. We offer hair washes for all of our patients after the surgery and as often as they feel that they are helpful. Patients are rightfully afraid to be too aggressive with the wash, out of fear that the grafts will be washed out of their recipient site. The non-controllable variable is the patient’s individual and unique reaction to the surgery. Some patients tend to exude more â€˜transudate’ from the wounds (the yellowish fluid that brings blood-coagulating elements will often form scabs) and some patients may have microscopic bleeding at the wound site after the surgery (forming clots). All of these scabs and clots can be washed off the next day with properly administered washing techniques.
After the scabs are gone, these powdery agents can be used until the new hair wipes out the need for them (usually 5-8 months after the surgery).