During any kind of medical or surgical procedure, it should go without saying that patients desire to have as little discomfort as possible. Especially in cases where the procedure is elective or purely aesthetic in nature. Therefore, it is not surprising that patients regularly inquire about the level of pain associated with hair transplant procedures. In particular, they want to know whether or not a hair transplant is a painful treatment and whether or not they will experience any pain during the surgical procedure.

In this blog we’ll go over what to expect during your hair transplant as well as what you can expect in terms of pain during the treatment.

The FUT Method

The procedure known as FUT, which stands for follicular unit transplantation, or ‘STRIP’ involves the excision of healthy hair follicles from a donor location in the form of tiny strips but in most cases it’s just one long strip along the back of the head. After that, the hair follicles are taken out individually and implanted in the region that has to be treated. The procedure is slightly more invasive because a strip of healthy hair is removed; as a result, the recovery and healing times may be significantly longer. There is also a possibility of very light scarring at the donor location.

The Different Types Of Hair Transplant Methods In Miami

Before we get into more specifics regarding the hair transplant process, let’s go over the different types of hair restoration methods and how they work. During the appointment that you have scheduled with our experts, you will receive information on what to anticipate on the day of your treatment; yet, it is quite normal to be anxious about the surgical procedure. It is necessary to examine the two primary forms of hair transplant surgeries, known as FUT and FUE, in order to gain an understanding of the potential sources of discomfort throughout a surgery.

The FUE Method

The Follicular Unit Extraction or also known as the FUE technique involves the removal of a limited number of hair follicles at one time, which are subsequently transplanted to the balding region. This method, despite being more tedious, produces very little to no scarring, and the healing time is significantly reduced to between three and seven days.

Before either of the procedures, a local anesthetic will be administered, which may be a source of some discomfort for the patient. On the other hand, this significantly reduces any discomfort that may be experienced during the therapy.

Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure, and our expert technicians will always advise patients that there may be some level of discomfort with any surgical intervention, whether this be as a local anesthetic is administered or whether there is slight discomfort during the procedure as of course, the patient is fully awake during the process and may feel some pulling or tugging, but this is not painful. Hair restoration through a transplant is a procedure that involves the removal of follicles from the donor area of the patient’s scalp and it’s quite normal to experience some discomfort. The discomfort caused by a local anesthetic is typically very mild, and using it does not expose the patient to any of the dangers that are associated with receiving a general anesthetic. In light of this, it is important to keep in mind that experiencing some level of discomfort throughout any kind of cosmetic treatment or surgery is very natural.

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Is Getting A Hair Transplant Painful? 

A hair transplant, thankfully, is not a painful procedure at all, therefore that is the answer to most peoples’ questions. Having said that, this does not imply that there is not even the slightest bit of discomfort. A hair transplant is one of the many medical procedures that can cause some level of discomfort, and it is not an exception to this rule. Even the least invasive or innocuous medical treatments can cause some level of pain. Thankfully, the so-called “pain” is only momentary and fleeting. The vast majority of patients report feeling absolutely no pain at all during their hair transplant procedure and describe it as being quite simple and even somewhat pleasurable. Even though it may be a “simple” experience, patients should be aware of what it includes and the types of pain they may feel prior to, during, and after surgery. 

Before Surgery 

The numbing medicine is the only thing that a patient needs to worry about feeling uncomfortable about during a hair transplant. After the patient’s scalp has been prepared and numbed, they will not feel anything else throughout the day. Numbing the donor area of the scalp, which is where the grafts will be taken from, and then numbing the recipient area of the scalp, which is where the new grafts will be implanted, are the two components of the procedure of numbing the scalp. 

Before the actual beginning of the surgical procedure, the donor location will be anesthetized. After the plan has been properly delineated and the donor area has been cleansed and ready, the first thing the technician will do the morning of the procedure is numb the area that will be receiving the transplant. The expert will numb the area using a local anesthetic, which is the same kind of substance that a dentist uses to numb before filling a cavity. He or she will inject very little doses of the medication all around the region. Injections are given with a very thin needle, and they are performed quickly and superficially. Because of this, the level of pain is rather low. The majority of people describe it as a mild “pinching” feeling that is followed almost immediately by numbness as the medication “kicks in.” The majority of patients report feeling numb within seconds to minutes, despite the fact that it takes approximately 10–15 minutes for the numbing medicine to take effect completely. 

After this point, the donor region does not experience anything else. The tissue can be removed from the patient painlessly using the FUT/strip technique or the FUE technique, depending on which method the expert and you choose to use. The anesthetic medicine has an average duration of effect of three hours, after which it must be refreshed often throughout the day as long as the procedure is on-going.

Find Out More About The Hair Transplant Process In Miami

It is possible to experience no pain following a hair transplant, which is good news, but this can only happen if you are in the capable hands of genuine hair restoration professionals, like those at Nova Medical Hair Transplant in Miami. You can get in touch with our clinic by giving us a call or by filling out a contact form on our website if you want more information about the hair transplant procedure and what you can anticipate experiencing during the procedure itself. We look forward to hearing from you!

During Surgery 

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. 

After Surgery 

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.

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