Although majority of hair transplant procedures are pain free, there are still patients who really complain of some soreness over the transplant site. This is because people have different pain thresholds and cannot tolerate the discomfort of some procedures no matter if others feel nothing at all.
Here are some tips to address the pain caused by a hair transplant procedure.
Before the Surgery
Conditioning the mind helps at some point to effectively lessen any pain. No you don’t have to tell yourself that there will be no pain but instead you should acknowledge the fact that there might be some uncomfortable sensations at any stage of the surgery. Anticipating for it to happen will raise your guards toward it making you well prepared. Also, this way will make you less anxious towards the procedure therefore pain associated with fear is kept to a minimum.
During the Surgery
Imagining the incisions to be done on the scalp, one can’t help but think that it may be a very painful procedure. Yes it is if the doctor will not use any anesthetic agents before cutting you up. And that cannot be. Surgeons are well aware that there is a need for anesthesia to be used and that the areas to be manipulated are devoid of any sensation before proceeding with the incision. You can also help decide whether you may be placed on general anesthesia or just have the local anesthesia but be put into sedation all throughout the surgery.
After the Surgery
Immediately after the surgery, patients will still not feel anything at all on their scalp since the level of anesthesia is still high. Once it wears off, however, it will now become the ultimate test of the pain threshold. It might be that one patient can just feel a slight stinging on the operative site or the other patient can feel severe throbbing pain all over the head. Should there be any pain during this time; the doctor can prescribe pain medications to alleviate your discomfort. Antibiotics are also prescribed to avoid infections that can add up to the pain that the patient will feel. Aside from the pain relievers, the patient can also use ice packs over the incision sites to numb the area of any pain.
Managing hair transplant pain does not only mean you can do something about it during and at the end of the surgery. During the time of consult, while the patient is expressing his fears over the possible painful experience, the doctor will explain in detail how the procedure works and should discuss the importance of anesthetic agents during surgery and pain medications afterwards so that the patient is assured that though he may feel some pain, there can be ways to avoid them.
Sometimes all it takes is just a little knowledge on the part of the patient so that he can understand the principles behind each technique used by the surgeon, like the use of anesthesia, to make him comfortable during surgery and will ease any apprehensions he have caused by a pain scare.