Hair Transplant Techniques And Is It Painful?
The technology of hair transplant came into existence around the 1970’s and 1980’s. At that time, hair plugs were used for transplantation. These days, hair plugs are no longer used because they give a very unnatural look. There are three main hair transplant techniques which are in use today. These include strip incisions, micrografting, and follicular unit extraction.
Strip incisions involve surgically removing hair and hair follicles from the donor site. The donor site may be an area at the back or sides of the scalp. A scalpel with a single, double or triple blade may be used for this purpose. The strips are then transplanted to the recipient area. This method is widely used and is highly effective.
Micrografting is an improved version of the strip incision technique. This method does not involve incisions and scalpels. Instead, the hair follicles are removed using a micrografting technique; and then implanted into the recipient site.
Follicular unit extraction is a new and unique approach to hair transplantation. In this procedure, a graft consisting of hair follicles, oil glands, muscle and connective tissue is removed; and then implanted at the site of hair loss. This procedure is widely used today and has many advantages including fewer scars, less discomfort, no stitches or bandages, and a shorter healing time.
Is Hair Transplant Painful?
Hair transplant involves making cuts on the scalp and inserting new hair grafts. Whether or not this process is painful actually depends on the individual’s tolerance to pain. During the process of transplantation, the scalp is numbed using an anesthetic. The anesthesia process is bound to be painful since it involves a number of injections at the sides and back of your head and on the forehead. The pain associated with these injections are quite brief. The actual procedure begins after the anesthetic has taken effect. Therefore, you won’t be able to feel the surgeon making the incisions to remove donor hair; and then cutting the scalp to insert the grafts.
After the operation, there may be some pain and numbness in your scalp. Some swelling or puffiness in the area of surgery is also common. Do not expect to get back to work or routine activities immediately; since the pain and puffiness can take some time to go away. If there is pain or discomfort in the area of transplant, your doctor may recommend taking a painkiller like Tylenol.
Overall, the pain associated with the hair transplantation procedure varies from person to person depending on their pain threshold. While some people find this procedure to be painful and uncomfortable, many others have breezed their way through the entire procedure without feeling any pain whatsoever. Make sure that you choose to do the procedure with a surgeon who is skilled, experienced and up to date with the latest developments in hair transplantation. New technologies in hair transplantation are minimally invasive and relatively painless.