Even though hair transplantation involves minimal intervention, it is necessary to numb the scalp, as quite a big area can be operated on. Anaesthesia for hair transplants is responsible for making the entire procedure as painless as possible.
A lot of our patients are concerned that they may experience pain and discomfort during the surgery. However, you can rest assured that the doctors will try to make your experience in the clinic worry-free and comfortable.
In essence, there are 3 types of anaesthesia: local, regional and general. In hair transplants, the doctor administers local anaesthesia and slight sedation are used. This is enough for the patient to feel no pain and be at ease while still reacting to the prompts and tugging from the doctors.
Sedation is one of the effects of general anaesthesia along with loss of consciousness, muscle relaxation, suspension of reflexion, analgesia and amnesia. General anaesthesia puts the patient to sleep, after which he or she will not remember anything.
Slight sedation is only used to manage anxiety and fear, whereas the patient still stays conscious, responsive and aware of the surroundings. Deep sedation shuts down the patient’s responses to external stimuli except for repeated and painful ones. However, the patient may still be aware of the outer environment.
There may be different adverse reactions to local anaesthetics, i.e. toxic, allergic or psychogenic. However, negative bodily reactions to anaesthesia are very rare. In the majority of cases, the side effects are triggered by fear and anxiety of the patient. Hence, we also use mild sedation with the patients who are stressed out by the upcoming surgery.
In modern hair clinics, regular anaesthesia is combined with the Comfort-In system. Instead of injecting the medication with a needle, the anaesthesia is administered by a high-pressure punch. The depth of pressure is only 0.15 mm and leaves no scar or bleeding spots.
Comfort-In anaesthesia for a hair transplant is a great alternative for those patients who are afraid of needles. The procedure lasts only a few seconds during which you will feel some slight pressure.
Comfort-In system makes the anaesthetic spread out faster as high pressure allows for better distribution over the entire area. It is also less painful than a normal syringe method.
Yes, the patient is awake during the procedure although he or she may feel sleepy due to mild sedation. Only deep sedation and general anaesthesia make the patient lose consciousness, however, they are not used in hair transplants.
There is no need to use general anaesthesia for a hair transplant. The procedure only involves mild intervention on the skin and can be managed solely with local anaesthetics. General anaesthesia may pose a risk for some patients and should be avoided, if possible. Besides, it is better if the patient is responsive and aware of some pressure or tugging.
For a few days after the surgery, the patient may experience a slight loss of sensation in the scalp. Also, the scalp may become itchy. This is a normal side effect that means that the incisions are healing.
In comparison to the FUT method, the patients operated with the FUE technique do not report significant pain after the surgery. Some discomfort usually persists for about 1 week after the procedure.
Hair transplantation is a highly safe and minimally invasive type of surgery that can be performed with local anaesthetics only. Some patients may want to stay fully unconscious during the procedure to avoid anxiety and have no perception of time. However, general anaesthesia is not recommended here, as it can pose a risk of allergy or other adverse reactions.
To make the patient feel completely at ease and peaceful, mild sedation is administered. The patient will remain awake and be able to interact with the surgical team.
Moreover, the anaesthetic can be administered with the Comfort-In system. This is ideal for those afraid of pain and needle pricks. The punch method is much less painful than the use of a syringe and ensures a better distribution of the anaesthetic over the scalp area.
If you have any questions regarding anaesthesia for hair transplants, feel free to contact our specialists who will be happy to answer all your queries. Furthermore they can also propose a free and non binding hair analysis. So don’t hesitate if you want to benefit from Dr. Balwi and Elithairtransplant’s expertise for a successful and affordable hair transplant in Turkey !
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