Hair transplantation is usually performed with local anesthesia. Naturally, the first questions that come to the minds of patients are: “Is painless hair transplant possible?” and “What is the scope of interventions in hair transplantation?”
Before answering all these questions, let’s talk about the stages of hair transplantation.
Types of Anesthesia in Hair Transplantation
Hair transplantation is generally an operation consisting of four stages. These stages form the basis of the operation on the day of the operation:
- Application of local anesthesia
- Harvesting hair follicles
- Establishing the channels
- Transplantation of hair
The types of anesthesia used are two types. It is a needle-free local anesthesia/pressure local anesthesia and local anesthesia with sedation.
Local Anesthesia in Hair Transplant
This stage is the most important step of painless hair transplantation. In order to collect the hair in the process, the hair follicles are cut together with the skin around the hair with the help of a micromotor. But your doctor will administer anesthesia before doing this. There is a loss of sensation in the anesthesia application area. For this reason, you will not feel pain during the operation.
At this point, we can say that hair transplantation is a painless procedure.The only time you will feel pain is when the anesthesia is applied. Local anesthesia is painless. For this reason, hair transplantation can also be considered ‘painless’. Needle anesthesia continues to be used in the procedures. However, there are also new approaches to relieve the pain caused by this technique. These approaches generally include:
Needle-free Painless Local Anaesthesia/ Pressure Injection of Local Anesthetics
Needle-free anesthesia application has been developed to reduce the pain sensation of patients. The doctor performs the procedure with a device that can inject the anesthetic substance into the skin with pressure. This device is brought into contact with the skin. Then, with high pressure, the liquid releases the anesthetic substance on the surface of the skin. In the last step, anesthesia is applied with a needle.This anesthetic substance, which is applied first, does not distribute homogeneously on the skin. However, it does not penetrate under the skin. For this reason, you may feel pain again in the subsequent injection anesthesia application.
Local Anesthesia With Sedation
Sedation is a fairly simple method of anesthesia that can be applied even to children. It is one of the most developed and important fields in the field of anesthesia in medicine. Sedation involves the administration of painkillers to the body intravenously in appropriate doses. So you won’t feel the same pain during the procedure as you do during blood collection or other medical interventions. In this practice the consciousness of the person does not go. However, there is a loss of feeling.