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SALT WATER SOAK INSTRUCTIONS

Salt Water Soak Instructions

Salt Water Soaks: You will need gauze, table salt, 1 gallon distilled water, spray bottle. Mix a gallon of distilled water with 10 tablespoons of salt. Soak gauze with salt solution and place on grafts, apply even pressure to grafted area for 5 minutes. These soaks are done 5 times a day, 5 minutes at a time, for 5 days. The soaks help remove crusting and promote healing.
Day Of Surgery: Spray the grafted area with the salt water solution every hour throughout the day while awake. Bacitracin ointment should be applied to the sutured area only- do not apply to grafted area. Salt water soak gauze pads should be applied to the grafted area on the evening of surgery for 5 minutes duration. They then should be applied 5 times a day for 5 minutes for 5 days duration.
Shampooing: On the day following your procedure, you will begin shampooing your hair using baby shampoo. Do NOT touch or allow the shower stream to hit the grafts directly for 5 days. To wash grafted area, pour a small amount of shampoo into a clean cup and fill cup with water to create a soapy solution. Pour the soapy solution over the grafted area. Then fill the cup with plain water and pour over the grafted area until all of the soap is rinsed out. You can wash ungrafted and sutured areas in a normal fashion. On the 6th day following your procedure you will begin to wash your hair in a normal fashion by gently massaging all areas and rinsing underneath the showerhead. On this day (day 6) you may begin to apply conditioner to the grafted area 15 minutes before shampooing. This will help the crusts and scabs to soften and fall off.
Days 2 – 5 On the day following your procedure, you will begin shampooing your hair using baby shampoo. Do NOT touch or allow the shower stream to hit the grafts directly for 5 days. To wash grafted area, pour a small amount of shampoo into a clean cup and fill cup with water to create a soapy solution. Pour the soapy solution over the grafted area. Then fill the cup with plain water and pour over the grafted area until all of the soap is rinsed out. You can wash ungrafted and sutured areas in a normal fashion. On the 6th day following your procedure you will begin to wash your hair in a normal fashion by gently massaging all areas and rinsing underneath the showerhead. On this day (day 6) you may begin to apply conditioner to the grafted area 15 minutes before shampooing. This will help the crusts and scabs to soften and fall off.
Days 6 – 8 Shampoo hair once in the morning, but discontinue the cup method and begin shampooing in normal fashion. Bacitracin is to be applied to the suture area only in a thin coat once daily. On day 6 you can begin using conditioner as described above.
Days 9 – 10 Continue to use the same instructions as days 6 – 8, but DISCONTINUE the use of the Bacitracin ointment on the sutured area.

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