Emrah CINIK MD
Hair Transplant Surgeon
Minimize the Pain in a Hair Transplant
Developments in hair transplant techniques have paved the way for minimally invasive methods that decrease the experienced pain and discomfort during and after a hair transplant surgery. DHI and FUE methods are among the innovative methods offered by modern medical facilities like Dr. Cinik Hair Transplant.
However, as minimal as it is, the experienced pain in a hair transplant surgery is not totally removed, and some patients require furthur reduction in the pain. To this end, pre-needle-free anesthesia is offered.
Hair Transplant Pain
A common concern in people who want to undergo a hair transplant is the pain they experience during a hair transplant surgery. The main stages of the surgery patients can experience painful experiences in are the extraction phase and channel opening (in the FUE method) or the direct implantation (in the DHI method).
FUE and DHI techniques are such minimally invasive techniques that can be compared with a dental check up in terms of pain. However, even smallest incisions can cause some pain.
The FUE method consists of 3 steps: Extraction, Channel Opening, and Implantation. During the extraction, manual or motorized punches are used to extract grafts from the donor areas. In the channel opening, Sapphire or metal blades open small holes on the scalp and hair grafts are put into those holes in the implantation phase.
DHI, by merging the channel opening and the implantation into one step, reduces the stages to two stages. The extraction phase is exactly the same as FUE, while in the implantation phase grafts are placed into a special device called Choi Pen and inserted directly into the skin layers.
Hair transplant surgeries are performed under local anesthesia. Local anesthesia agent is injected into the scalp before the surgery starts. In the usual anesthesia, the anesthetics specialist makes the injection just using normal needles.
You might experience mild pain when the needle is inserted into your skin and until the anesthetics start numbing your scalp, you will feel the injections.
What Is It?
To further reduce the pain and remove the numbing injection’s pain, a special device can be used to shoot anesthetics into your skin without any injections. We use a comfort-in system that makes shots using jet injection.
This state-of-the-art technology enables the anesthesia specialist to get your scalp numb before making any injections, so you won’t feel other injections and your scalp will be totally numb before the extraction procedure starts.
How Does Needle-Free Anesthesia Work?
Anesthetic medications are administered into the tissue by spraying them into the skin with high air pressure from a device placed on the scalp's skin. The medicine then diffuses into the tissue, blocking the pain-transmitting nerves.
After having the skin numbed, the medical team injects the anesthesia medication into the skin more deeply and massages your scalp to spread the medication and make sure every spot on your scalp is numbed.
Needle-Free Anesthesia for DHI and FUE
FUE and DHI techniques both are minimally invasive and the levels of pain experienced in both techniques are the lowest possible. However, needle-free anesthesia is applied for both mentioned techniques.
Needle-Free Anesthesia Benefits
As needle-free anesthesia technology enables the administration of anesthetic material without any pain, even the initial injections are not felt on the skin. You can enjoy your time during the surgery, listening to music, sleeping, or watching TV. Feeling less pain during the surgery also reduces the stress levels, so you can relax during and after the surgery which is vital for a good recovery.
Does Needle-Free Anesthesia Totally Remove Needles?
No, it doesn’t. The accurate name of this technique is pre-needleless anesthesia. It means that your skin is numbed to an extent before the anesthetic injections are made, so you don’t feel any pain during the injection procedure.