This question comes from a member of our Hair Loss Social Community and Discussion Forums:
I underwent hair transplant surgery 9 days ago, and was told by day 7 I could start playing basketball again. Tonight during a game, I was hit in the head pretty hard and although I never bled, the implanted scalp was red and irritated, almost like a rug burn, and it looks like a couple of the “stubbly” follicular unit grafts fell out. Did I lose a graft?
The general rule is that between days 7 – 10 (with most hair restoration experts agreeing on 7) the grafts should be fully “rooted” and dislodging them should no longer be an issue. Because it had been 9 days since your hair transplant, chances are that the grafts were fully anchored and you may have lost a hair shaft, but no follicles (the important aspect of a follicular unit graft), especially if you didn’t notice any blood.
However, if you’d like further confirmation, I highly recommend contacting the clinic where you underwent hair restoration surgery and asking them directly.
Blake Bloxham – formerly “Future_HT_Doc”
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