Does Hair Transplant Hurt?

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Is Hair Transplant Painful? 

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Here we have another episode from our Q&A series where we offer quick answers to frequently asked topics on hair transplant and hair restoration.

Today's topic, one of the most frequently asked questions of all time: is hair transplant painful? How much does hair transplant hurt?

How Much Does Hair Transplant Hurt?

How much does hair transplant hurt? To properly answer this question, we need to break this down into 2 parts. Pain during the procedure and pain after the procedure.

During the procedure. Because the patient is under local anesthesia, there is no pain during the procedure. Your head is numbed and all you feel is someone poking or scratching your scalp. Imagine what it feels like to have someone scratching your scalp while you are wearing a helmet. That would be the best way to describe how it feels like.

Hair Transplant Pain After Surgery: STRIP vs FUE

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hair transplant pain after surgery

As for the kind of pain to expect after the procedure. It depends on whether you are getting a strip or F.U.E procedure.

Strip is the old technique where the doctor extracts donor follicles by removing a strip of skin from the back of your head. It is a relatively invasive procedure. It involves removing a strip that goes across the back of your head, from your left ear to the right. You are literally cut open and then stitched back up after the procedure. You will experience pain from the open wound which typically measures anywhere from 4-6 inches in length in most cases.

Strip hair transplant patients in most likelihood have to sleep sitting up in their bed for the first few nights after the procedure, until the donor site becomes less painful. Painkillers are usually required for the first few days post-op.

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Hair Transplant Pain After FUE

On the other hand, the impact will be a lot less severe for a F.U.E procedure. With F.U.E, the doctor micro-surgically extracts one follicular unit at a time from the back of the patient's head. No large scale excision is required and no skin is removed from the donor site. No scalpel, no stitches. Minimally invasive and fast healing time when compared to traditional strip technique. Many patients do not see the need to take painkillers after an F.U.E procedure, and they heal many times faster than their strip counterparts.

Regardless of whether you are going for a STRIP or FUE procedure, it is important to follow post operative care instructions as prescribed by your doctor. As always, please consult your doctor immediately for advice.

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