Any medical or surgical procedure should be painless for the patient, especially if it is a cosmetic or elective procedure. It is therefore not surprising that patients often ask about pain during hair transplant surgery. Their specific question is how painful is hair transplant or if any pain will be felt during the procedure.
Is A Hair Transplant Painful?
Hair transplants are not painful, but the experience is not entirely painless. Hair transplants are no exception, even minimally invasive or benign. Most patients report minimal pain during a hair transplant and describe it as a pleasant experience. Patients should still know what it entails and what type of discomfort they might experience before, during, and after the procedure.
Patients only experience discomfort from the numbing medication during a hair transplant. Patients feel nothing throughout the day once their scalps have been prepped and numb. Numbing the scalp occurs in two parts: first in the donor area where the grafts will be taken from, and second in the recipient area where the new grafts will be implanted. During the pre-surgery numbing, the donor area is numbed. After the surgeon has marked the plan and trimmed and cleaned the scalp, he will do the first thing he does in the donor area.
A small amount of a local anaesthetic will be injected across the entire region by the doctor, the same type of medication that dentists use to numb cavities before filling them. The injections are superficial, quick, and painless using an excellent needle.
As a result, there is minimal pain. Usually, patients report feeling numb seconds to minutes after the medication takes effect. The numbing medication takes about 10-15 minutes to effect fully, but most patients report feeling numb immediately after it takes effect.
After applying the numbing medication, patients will feel nothing during extraction surgery. Nevertheless, a hair transplant can be simplified into two steps:
This procedure involves removing the grafts from the donor and re-implanting them in the recipient areas (where the hair is thinning and balding). A doctor must numb the recipient region before making incisions and placing the grafts back into the scalp, just like the donor region.
Identical to donor numbing, the doctor injects local anaesthesia directly into the recipient region (or, more precisely, several millimetres from the hairline within the recipient region), and it will numb the entire region in a few minutes. The doctor and technicians can work on the area without causing discomfort to the patient after the numbing takes effect.
Throughout the day, the patient will feel nothing but numbness in the recipient region. The entire scalp is numb from the very front of the scalp to the back of the donor. It is now possible to complete the entire surgery without experiencing any discomfort. It is not uncommon for patients to take short breaks to stretch and walk around to prevent the discomfort of sitting for a long time, but there will be no physical pain during the surgery. If the patient feels pain, the staff will inform the doctor, and more numbing medication will be injected.
After anaesthesia is administered, patients should not feel pain during surgery, but what happens after? Most patients report no discomfort after surgery. Following surgery, the numbing medication will be re-administered by the doctor.
It takes approximately three hours before any discomfort may occur until the numbness wears off. Now that the patient is back at their hotel, they have three hours to settle in and, most importantly, start taking pain medication. Taking the oral medication and building up pain medication in the patient’s system before the numbing wears off will ensure a smooth transition.
After taking pain medications the night before surgery, the patient will sleep. It is expected that all potential pain should have subsided by the morning. Most patients report no pain and no medication on the day following surgery. The patient can take Tylenol (acetaminophen) if they experience minor discomfort. This is only used to relieve minimal discomfort.
Do hair transplants hurt? A hair transplant is not painful, thanks to local anaesthesia and pain medications administered after the procedure. No surgery is painless, and some temporary discomfort is possible, but most hair loss sufferers find that a hair transplant is a pleasant and easy experience.
What is the lifespan of hair transplants?
Hair transplants generally last a lifetime. It is rare for people to need to have them redone because they are designed to be permanent. As soon as your doctor completes your hair transplant, you’ll see how your new and better hairline looks.
Is there a best age for hair transplantation?
While hair transplants are available to anyone over 18, it is recommended that you wait until you are 25 or older to undergo one. Since their hair loss pattern may not yet be fully determined, younger men may not be the best candidates.