Is hair transplant painful

If you are suffering from hair loss or thinning, you probably already know that hair transplant surgery is an option. However, you may be wondering if it’s going to be a lot of pain. This is probably because the pictures you’ve seen of hair transplant patients give you that idea. This article will provide you with all the information you do not know about hair transplants. It will give an idea of the level of pain involved in the hair transplantation process, and any other frequently asked questions about hair transplants.

What Is Hair Transplantation and How Does It Work?

Hair transplantation is a natural and viable solution for baldness and thinning hair in people who have hair loss. Hair transplantation is a microsurgical procedure where healthy hair follicles are taken from their original location and transplanted to regions of the body where hair follicles are no longer active. The follicles that are transplanted into the affected region during transplantation must be viable for it to be successful.

This process is a one-of-a-kind procedure that is planned out in detail and carried out with the utmost precision. Hair follicles that are resistant to shedding are harvested from the patient’s nape area. These follicles are transplanted into channels that were opened during the transplant procedure in the target areas where the new viable hair is needed. The aim is to have natural, healthy-looking hair in those regions where there were scanty hair follicles. This should be done in a way that is also not visible after the procedure has been carried out.  

Hair transplantation is a relatively simple procedure. However, getting it done in a hospital setting with a good team of specialists and experienced doctors is the safest way to accomplish it. Usually, the procedure is successful. This means your hair will begin to grow like it had never been lost in the first place, and you can enjoy your full head of hair for the rest of your life.

 Are Anaesthetics Used in Hair Transplantation?

Many times, in discussions about hair transplantation, there are reservations about whether people feel pain in their heads. However, since hair transplantation is an operation, and is performed under local anaesthesia, pain is not felt during the duration of the procedure. The procedure is normally not a very long one as it usually lasts about 5-6 hours. There may be a slight headache felt when the procedure is done, but that is quite rare.

Is Hair Transplant Painful?

Since hair transplantation is performed under local anaesthesia, almost no pain is felt during the actual procedure. However, you may feel a little pain for a day or two after the transplant. This is because the effects of the anaesthesia would have worn off. This pain or discomfort you might feel will usually be reduced to a bare minimum because of the medication that will be given by the doctor. It is also possible, however, that redness as well as some mild discomfort can be felt in the transplanted area for a few days after the procedure. This is nothing to worry about because a lot of patients do not experience this and don’t require painkillers in the post-sowing period after the procedure. 

You may experience a feeling sometimes described as a stretching of your scalp but that is felt more in transplants done with the FUT technique. It is also important to note that pain thresholds can vary amongst patients, with some patients being less tolerant to pain than others. Therefore, the general description from the patients varies from sensations of “mild pain” to feeling no discomfort whatsoever.

Is There Any Pain While Local Anaesthesia is Administered ?

Hair transplant operations are almost always very comfortable procedures for the patient as we have discussed. The operation is carried out in as comfortable conditions as possible and as such, there is very little feeling of pain or discomfort. Local anaesthesia is usually administered with a very small needle. You may feel a little pain while you are being injected, but, it cannot be said that it is exactly painful.

Are There Any Alternatives to Local Anaesthesia?

Despite the high demand for hair transplantation, many patients are very weary and nervous because they are afraid of pain. The pain experienced from the hair transplant procedure is very minimal. However, if the patient is that averse to pain, there are other options available. Apart from local anaesthesia, hair transplantation can also be performed using sedation anaesthesia, hinging on the patient’s request. In situations where sedation anaesthesia is used, the patient is not placed in a state of complete sleep. The patient does not feel anything happening during the operation, from the start, to the end of the procedure. 

Sometimes, patients prefer general anaesthesia over sedation as they want to be unconscious and don’t want to feel or remember anything. Sedation is one of the anaesthesia methods that will not look like general anaesthesia and can be used easily in hair transplant operations.

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When Should I Expect The Pain To Go Away?

People ask this question all the time, so you are not alone if you are wondering. You should know that it is normal to experience some pain in the area where the transplant was done, regardless of the method used. However, the duration during which the pain will last differs. For the FUE method, the pain will typically last for about 3-4 days, and for the FUT method, it may last between 5 days and two weeks. It differs from person to person, so we can’t say the exact time the pain will go away; you can only hope that it will go away in a few days.

Like any surgical procedure, choosing the right clinic can make all the difference when it comes to the results. All our hair transplant patients have given only positive reviews, and have gone on to enjoy their results. If you want this to be your story as well, book a consultation with us now. Let’s help you get the hair of your dreams! 


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