The biggest concern for those wanting to have hair transplants is the pain associated with the surgical procedure, both during and after.
It would be helpful to discuss the stages of the hair transplantation process before addressing the pain that causes concern:
Patients who dread the expected pain during a hair transplant operation often inquire about the type of anesthesia utilized in the procedure. By numbing where local anesthesia is administered, a majority of the discomfort should not be felt by patients undergoing their treatment, which may take up to 8 hours. While most sensations of pain can be eliminated in 15 minutes due to the anesthesia, some mild discomforts may linger for one or two days post-op but medications are available to reduce this occurrence.
The purpose of a painless hair transplant is to entirely avoid the discomfort that comes with local anaesthetic injections.
Recent developments in hair transplantation have enabled physicians to use innovative technologies and techniques. Patients who have a fear of needles often feel anxious when it comes to the traditional local anaesthetic procedure. To help quell such fears, certain countries have come up with needle-free anaesthetic options that not only reduce anxiety, but also make hair transplantation simpler for medical professionals.
Needle-free anesthesia involves using a high-pressure spray of anesthetic medications to numb the area.
Anesthetics introduce numbness, blocking nerve signals and abolishing the sensation of pain in nearby tissues.
People experiencing baldness commonly prefer the sedated hair transplant method. Sedation, a type of anesthesia used in surgery, enables a more comfortable application of local anesthesia, blocking out any feeling of pain throughout the procedure.
Generally, sedation is preferred for hair transplantation procedures for the following reasons:
To begin, the physician evaluates if sedation is right for the patient. An intravenous medication calms their consciousness and makes it more comfortable to administer local anesthesia with needles. As a precaution, it is suggested that the patient abstains from eating and drinking a minimum of two to three hours ahead of their procedure.