As was just discussed, once the numbing medicine has been administered, the patient will not feel anything at all while the extraction portion of the procedure is being performed. However, a hair transplant, in its most basic form, may be broken down into two stages: the first stage involves the removal of grafts from the donor, and the second stage involves the re-implantation of grafts in the recipient areas.
Before the technician can make incisions in the recipient region of the scalp and before the grafts can be inserted back into the scalp, the recipient area must first be numbed, just as the donor area. The expert will inject the same local anesthesia into the recipient region or, more accurately, directly in front of the recipient region several millimeters in front of the hairline, and the entire area will become numb within a few minutes. This process is identical to the numbing of the donor area.
As soon as the anesthesia takes effect, the patient won’t be able to detect any discomfort in the affected region. The patient won’t feel anything else at all for the rest of the day except for the numbness in the recipient location. After this, the sensation of pain will no longer be present anywhere on the scalp, from the very front of the scalp to the donor area.
There will be no physical pain from the procedure itself; nevertheless, the patient may choose to modify their position and take frequent pauses to stretch and walk around in order to minimize the discomfort of sitting for an extended amount of time. In the event that the patient begins to experience pain, they will be instructed to inform the staff, at which point the doctor will administer additional numbing medication through injection.
Now that the anaesthetic has been provided, we know that the patient will have no discomfort throughout the surgical procedure; however, what about after the procedure? What takes place once the medication that numbs the area has stopped working? Patients, to their great relief, say that the pain they experienced before and after surgery was minimal at best.
After the procedure is complete, the technician will give the patient another dose of the numbing medication. This indicates that the patient will remain numbed for around three hours before it starts to wear off and any kind of potential discomfort may start to emerge. The individual will now have three hours to return to wherever they are staying, make themselves comfortable, and most importantly, start taking their post-operative pain medicine.
If the patient takes the oral medication as directed and allows some pain medication to build up in their system before the numbing wears off, the transition should go smoothly and the patient should not experience any discomfort. They will then take the pain pills several more times as directed the night of the procedure, and they will be able to go to sleep without experiencing any pain. By the time you wake up the following morning, all chances of experiencing pain should have passed.
The overwhelming majority of patients report having no pain the day following surgery and do not require any kind of medication to manage their discomfort. If they do encounter any level of discomfort, they should have a few pain pills left over that they can use, or they can choose to take Tylenol instead. Nevertheless, this is just for very mild discomfort, and the vast majority of individuals do not even require this.