Are ARTAS hair transplants painful?
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Is the ARTAS robotic procedure painful? That depends on the practice.....
As a result, in clinics where multiple procedures are performed by one physician per day, and there is a need to be fast, then the discomfort can tend to be higher. In clinics where one procedure per day is performed by the surgeon, such as at our center, the is no rush to complete the surgery, and the entire procedure is next-to-painless. I have had dozens and dozens of patients tell me it's not even as intense as having your teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist. My patient last Friday told me that the entire experiences "hurt less than a haircut." I asked him to elaborate, because as much of a compliment as that was, I told him I didn't think that was possible. He was insistent, and said, "you know when they shave under your chin there? That hurts more than this procedure."
Is Artas Painful
Patients do not experience any pain or discomfort with the ARTAS robotic procedure
Before starting local anesthesia, we give most patients oral valium and intra-muscular midazolam (a very fast acting sedative that is very relaxing). While some patients doze off at the beginning of the procedure, others prefer to watch TV, a film, or just chat.
Local anesthesia generally wears off after 4-5 hours, so for transplant sessions lasting longer than this, we will give more anesthesia before the first wears off. With Robotic FUE, there is no discomfort once the procedure is completed and the anesthesia wears off. This is in stark contrast to an FUT strip procedure which can be uncomfortable in the donor area for days to weeks.
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Pain with Artas
The initial pain from local anaesthesia is the only part that can be uncomfortable. Once the area is numbed then pain should be minimal. This is the case for other FUE techniques as well.
How I make ARTAS more comfortable:
The only pain associated with the ARTAS procedure is the injections to numb the treatment areas. This takes me just a few minutes to perform a full nerve block and all of my patients get an on demand Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) machine to use during the these uncomfortable brief injections. Otherwise, the positioning throughout the day can be at times slightly uncomfortable, but not painful. I have upgraded some of the ARTAS stock pillows with gel inserts which my patients find much more comfortable now. After the procedure, pain is very uncommon and I do not even write for any pain meds, not because I'm against pain meds, they are just not necessary. Other types of hair restoration procedures can have significant post-procedural pain in the short and long term.
ARTAS Robotic Hair Restoration Painful?
Is ARTAS painful
Pain after an ARTAS System FUE procedure.
Is Artas painful
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