Does A Hair Transplant Hurt?

Does A Hair Transplant Hurt?

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A hair transplant does not hurt, thanks to the use of local anaesthetic and sedation.
During the hair transplant procedure, anaesthetics will be injected directly into your scalp to numb the area. This will prevent any experience of pain during the procedure. The sedation will ensure that you remain awake but relaxed throughout the procedure.
Some discomfort after the procedure is normal. You may experience some soreness, swelling, or redness in the treated area of your scalp for a few days after the surgery. To ensure a smooth recovery, follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Hair transplant surgery utilises two primary techniques: Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). The FUE method of hair transplant involves removing hair follicles from the donor area of the scalp and implanting them into the recipient area. This is done one follicle at a time. FUE is a safe and effective procedure for improving hair growth in areas where hair is thinning or balding.

This process is minimally invasive and doesn’t involve the removal of a strip of scalp tissue, which the FUT treatment requires. This leads to a faster recovery time and reduced risk of complications.
The major benefit of FUE hair transplant is the natural-looking results. FUE precisely implants the hair follicles in a way that mimics the natural pattern of hair growth. This results in a more natural-looking and fuller head of hair.

We have outlined the process of FUE so that you know what to expect during your hair transplant procedure:

Shave Head

Before beginning the FUE hair transplant procedure, the surgeon will shave the donor area of your scalp. Shaving the donor area allows the surgeon to clearly see the hair follicles and ensure that they are harvested correctly. The shaved length of the hair in the donor area will depend on the technique being used for the hair transplant, with FUE requiring a shorter length of hair than FUT.
Shaving the head can be a concern for some people, particularly those who are worried about their appearance during the recovery period. After the procedure, the hair will gradually start growing back within a few weeks. Typically, patients can resume their regular activities within a few days.
It’s also worth noting that shaving the head during the hair transplant does not hurt. The area will be numbed with a local anaesthetic before the procedure, which will ensure that the patient remains comfortable throughout the shaving process.

Remove Hair Grafts

After the donor area has been shaved, the surgeon will begin to remove the hair grafts using the FUE technique.
The FUE procedure involves making tiny circular incisions around each hair follicle in the donor area using the punch tool. The size of the punch tool can vary depending on the size and type of hair follicle being harvested.Once the incision is made, the hair follicle is carefully extracted from the scalp using forceps. This process is repeated until enough hair follicles have been collected to complete the transplant. The harvesting process during the hair transplant does not hurt. You may feel a slight pinch or prick as the punch tool penetrates your skin, but the local anaesthetic will prevent any pain. Some patients report feeling only mild discomfort or pressure during the procedure rather than pain.

Place Grafts In Scalp

After the hair grafts have been harvested, they will be prepared for implantation into the recipient area of the scalp. The preparation typically involves separating the individual hair follicles from the surrounding tissue and ensuring that they are healthy and viable for transplantation.
The next step in the process is the implantation of the hair grafts into the recipient area of the scalp. The surgeon will create small cuts on the scalp and meticulously implant each hair graft in its designated spot. The surgeon will typically use a specially-designed tool to make these incisions, which can vary in size depending on the thickness of the hair grafts being implanted.
The implantation process during the hair transplant does not hurt. The local anaesthetic administered at the beginning of the procedure will still be in effect. This ensures you will remain comfortable throughout the process.

Implantation of the hair grafts is a delicate process that requires precision and attention to detail. The implantation process can be time-consuming and require a significant amount of skill, meaning you should ensure your FUE treatment is being performed by an experienced surgeon.
In the days following the procedure, you may experience some mild discomfort or tenderness in the recipient area of the scalp. It is common to experience discomfort after surgery, but it can be easily managed with pain relief medication that can be bought without a prescription. Additionally, by following the aftercare instructions given by the surgeon, the recovery process can be made smoother. Most patients can resume normal activities within a few days of the procedure.
It may take several weeks for the transplanted hair to begin to grow and for the full results of the procedure to become apparent. With proper aftercare and patience, most patients can achieve excellent results from their FUE hair transplant.

Hair Transplant

Pulse Light Clinic offers an effective hair transplant treatment that will rejuvenate your hair growth.
At Pulse Light Clinic, we use the FUE method with the ARTAS robotic hair restoration procedure, practised by our experienced surgeons. The robotic hair transplant treatment allows for precise graft visualisation, dissection, and implantation based on the surgeon’s prescribed hairline. This superior technology achieves natural-looking results with faster recovery and no linear scarring.
Our hair transplant treatments will usually be completed within a day without you needing to stay overnight. In certain cases, you may need two or more treatments a few months apart, depending on the size of the area being treated.

Book a consultation to achieve a fuller, natural head of hair with Pulse Light Clinic hair transplant treatment.


How painful is hair transplant?

A hair transplant does not hurt as it is carried out whilst you are under local anaesthetic and sedation. However, you may experience some discomfort in the treated area during the recovery process. This can be managed with pain medication and by following your surgeon's post-operative instructions carefully.

How long does the pain last after a hair transplant?

In general, most patients report feeling soreness, swelling, or redness in the treated area of their scalp for a few days after the surgery. How long the discomfort will last will vary from person to person. You should not experience long-term pain after a hair transplant.

Do hair transplants hurt after?

After a hair transplant, you may experience mild pain and discomfort. This should only last for a few days and subside on its own. If you are experiencing persistent pain or discomfort after a hair transplant, you should contact your surgeon for further advice.

How long do hair transplants last?

A hair transplant is a permanent solution for hair loss. The final result of your hair transplant will depend on factors such as the quality of your hair follicles, the skill of your surgeon, and your healing process.