Last week we talked about the gradually diminishing stigma of hair transplant and the reasons why some men would rather suffer baldness than opt for a simple hair transplant procedure with a specialist London trichologist. One of the perceived questions was – Is hair transplant painful? People often associate operations with high amounts of discomfort and a lengthy recovery time however with a hair transplant performed by a qualified and experienced hair restoration surgeon, this is not the case.
Local anaesthetic is applied to the area which means that most clients will not feel any discomfort at all. The key is to choose an experienced hair balding specialist who can assess your hair loss and take your through expectations and the different stages of the hair loss procedure.
Stages of hair transplant procedure
Consultation – your hair loss specialist will assess your bald areas and also take a thorough medical history prior to booking the procedure.
Local anaesthesia – the hair restoration surgeon will administer a local anaesthetic in the area to reduce pain. During the procedure you will be lying down on your front whilst the extraction occurs and will have a comfortable head-rest and a breathing hole so that you can maintain a relaxed position.
Hair graft harvesting – in Follicular Unit Transplant (FUE), individual hair grafts are harvested directly from the donor area. The surgeon will select hair follicles, one-by-one and will separate the follicular units by making a circular incision with a punch. The follicular units (once loosened) are then pulled from the surrounding tissue. Once the grafts are extracted, the donor area is covered with an antiseptic dressing that can be removed the following day.
Recovery and post-operative practise – you will be given clear (usually written) guidance by your hair loss specialist as to how to manage your recovery in the best possible way in the forth-coming weeks. Pay particular attention to the advice given and make sure to raise any specific concerns about recovery at home or at work.
Pain relief after hair restoration surgery
Depending on which clinic you choose, you will receive guidance about how to manage potential discomfort post the transplant. At The Wimpole Clinic, our specialist trichologists will generally prescribe tablets known to help reduce recovery time and any associated discomfort which may arise as you go about normal life however most clients find that they do not need to use the extra pain relief. The three tablets are Prednisolone to reduce swelling, Tetracycline to keep infection away and Paracetamol to relieve small amounts of pain following the surgery.
Hair transplant healing
This is one of the questions that concerns patients most post-transplant. Some redness of the skin on the scalp after treatment is completely normal in the hair transplant healing process and will fade naturally over a few weeks. The paler the skin, the longer the redness takes to fade. The redness is down to the healing process and inflammation caused to the scalp tissue following the placement of the new hair. Patients do not generally find that it is too unsightly and especially with FUE hair transplant, evidence is very discreet.
Can I speed up the hair transplant healing process?
RégimA Post Laser/Post Peel Gel is a product which encourages rapid hair transplant healing and reduction in redness. The gel holds in moisture, prevents crusting and accelerates the healing process. It reduces post-op scabbing and is safe to use on even new burns.
It is vitally important to stick to the post hair loss surgery guidance you are given and avoid too much contact with the recovering area. Hair washing, hat wearing and sports should be particularly paid attention to avoid disruption of the healing.
Speak to a specialist trichologist about your hair restoration procedure and hair transplant healing process
If you have any queries or concerns about having a hair transplant or want to hear about the procedure straight from an expert, the best thing is to speak to a qualified hair loss specialist. They will be able to assess your hair loss and guide you to choosing the best hair restoration remedy for you at that time. The Wimpole Clinic in London has the most experienced team of hair loss specialists in the UK. Here is a message from one of our happy clients:
‘I really appreciate the care I received from The Wimpole Clinic team during the hair surgery. The healing process was fantastic, less than two months of the procedure and the difference is amazing and visible. I now carry on without anything to cover my head. I thank you for the confidence that you have given me. Once again thank you so much.’
We offer a free, no obligation consultation about your hair loss so that you can consider all your options with the help of your trichologist and come to a decision that you are completely happy with.