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Hair Transplant and Local Anesthesia

Hair Transplant and Local Anesthesia
19 Şubat 2021

Hair Transplant and Local Anesthesia

Local anesthesia is the most stressful stage of surgical operations for many people, considering hair transplantation. Some horror stories for local anesthetic drugs circulate on the Internet, and these stories delay individuals with needle phobia or pain anxiety from making a decision on initiating the procedure.
So what is this mostly feared local anesthesia and how is it applied?
Are the needles used in local anesthesia large?

Do needles used in local anesthesia hurt?

In hair transplantation, 4 mm long insulin injectors are used while applying local anesthetic drugs. Thousands of diabetic patients use these needles safely every day. Although it causes some discomfort while it is being entered into the skin, it does not cause serious pain.

What are local anesthetic drugs?

Local anesthetic drugs used in hair transplantation contain Lidocaine Hydrochloride and Bupivacaine Hydrochloride. Those containing Epinephrine are preferred in drugs containing Lidocaine. Epinephrine allows the blood vessels in the area to be applied to contract (vasoconstriction) and reduce bleeding. According to the pain threshold of the person, some pain is felt while the drugs are given into the skin. For some patients, this process is not even worth to mention, and some patients in their feedback state that they do not understand why some people think that  it is a big deal.

No patient has ever canceled the operation in Smile Hair Clinic due to the pain he/she felt during the anesthesia process.

Is local anesthesia dangerous?

Every medical procedure has a risk. The important thing is to have the procedure done in an experienced clinic, and to know that your doctor can handle it in any condition.

Local anesthesia is applied twice in hair transplantation.

Hair transplantation process takes 6-8 hours, and local anesthesia takes 15-20 minutes in total.

The first local anesthetic drug is applied to the neck and the sense of pain in the donor area is lost. After the end of intake process, before the canals are opened, local anesthesia applied to the anterior region of the head is numbed in the area to be transplanted. After the local anesthesia process is done, pain should not be felt in the area where hair transplantation is applied, or else inform your doctor. Some anesthetic drug is injected into that area again and you relax.

Since some sensations such as compression and pull are transmitted through different nerves, they can be felt.