As the removal and transfer of hair follicles requires surgical intervention, one of the most worrying issues for patients who want to have hair transplantation is the pain felt during and after the procedure.
It would be helpful to discuss the stages of the hair transplantation process before addressing the pain that causes concern:
Many patients who are afraid of the pain associated with hair transplantation want to learn about the anesthesia used during the procedure. The areas where local anesthesia is used are numbed so that patients don't feel any discomfort during their procedure, which often lasts 6-8 hours. However, even though a 15-minute application of anesthesia can eliminate most feelings of pain, some mild discomfort may be present for 1-2 days afterwards and can be prevented with certain medications.
The purpose of a painless hair transplant is to completely eliminate the pain caused by the needles during the stages where local anesthesia is applied.
There have been significant technological advances in hair transplantation operations with new technological tools and methods. Patients with needle phobia also feel uncomfortable from the classically applied local anesthesia procedure. There are a number of developed countries that use needle-free anesthesia to reduce patients' anxiety about the needles that will be used in anesthesia. This method not only reduces patients' anxiety, but also makes hair transplantation easier for physicians.
In needle-free anesthesia, a high-pressure spray of anesthetic drugs is used to anesthetize the area.
Nerves are blocked and the feeling of pain is prevented when anesthetic drugs spread into the tissue.
The sedated hair transplant method is often preferred by people with baldness problems. Sedation is an anesthesia method that is commonly used in surgical procedures. The sedation method, which offers a much more comfortable application of local anesthesia, eliminates the feeling of pain during hair transplantation.
Generally, sedation is preferred for hair transplantation procedures for the following reasons:
As a first step, the physician determines the suitability of the patient for sedation. A drug is administered intravenously by the physician to calm the patient's consciousness clearly. By using sedation, the patient does not feel the needles being administered for local anesthesia and the anesthesia can be performed comfortably as a result. It is advisable for patients who plan to undergo sedation to stop eating and drinking at least 2-3 hours before the procedure.