Is a Hair Transplant Painful?

9/2/2009 4:01:30 PM


I just spoke to my cousin who had a hair transplant procedure done in 2002. He said he remembers it hurt a lot and was in pain for two days. What is your view? How painful is the procedure and how long does the pain last?


The pain threshold and tolerance during the initial hair transplant needle injections can vary from person to person. Also, every hair restoration clinic has their own equipment and methodologies of adminstering local anesthetic. This can make an profound difference. No matter your threshold for pain, the local anesthetic injections don't take long and the majority of the day will be pain free.

Patients can also experience some discomfort the first few days. The day after the procedure is typically the worst, but as long as you take the pain medication prescribed by your hair loss doctor as directed, discomfort should be minimal.


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    Bill was the managing publisher of the Hair Transplant Network and The Hair Loss Learning Center. He is 4 time hair transplant patient and has over 15,000 helpful posts on our hair restoration discussion forum. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a Master’s in Christian Counseling. In addition to his work in helping hair loss experiencing men and women finding the best hair transplant surgeons, he helps people with various addiction and mental health related issues in his free time. He enjoys weight lifting, kickboxing, movies, researching conspiracy related topics and spending time with his family.