Is NeoGraft painful?
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Is the NeoGraft hair transplant procedure painful?
The scalp is anesthetized with an injectable medication such as lidocaine, no matter which method of hair restoration is being performed. The lidocaine is painful when injected, but largely depends on the rate of injection. It causes a brief chemical reaction, which in turn causes pain, then nearly immediately causes the area to go numb. But the rate of injection is critical; if one injects the anesthetic twice as fast, it's not twice as painful, it's more like 10 or 20 times as painful. If other methods are used concurrently with the initial injection of the anesthesia, such as a specialized vibrator to distract the nerves (look up "gate control theory of pain"), it is virtually painless.
It is the experience and care of the physician injecting that will determine how painful the procedure is. If the numbing medication is injected quickly, it can be 9 or 10 on a scale of 0 (no pain) to 10 (maximum pain). With proper care, expertise, technique, and patience on the physician's part, the pain of the injection is typically 1-2 on a scale of 10. For the duration of the procedure, there is zero pain.
After the procedure, there is no pain where the follicles were placed (eg: the recipient area) and in the donor area patients sometimes report a slight pain, somewhat like a sunburn, that can easily be controlled with Motrin or Tylenol.
Pain during FUE with Neograft
Absolutely Pain Free!
You may feel a couple of pinches from the numbing medicine. That's all. Most patients end up taking naps, reading, watching a movie or two, etc.
Most patients will arrange a ride home so that they can take a light sedative (really just to help them handle the boredom of just hanging out for 5 hours or so) and maybe a small pain pill.
The physician (or one of her/his appointees) will administer some numbing medicine and after that, zero discomfort!
And you'll love the results!
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Hi and thank you for your question!
Our patients tolerate the procedure very well. We give the option of Percocet and/or valium if they are not driving home. The numbing procedure is the really the only part that is felt and is maybe 10-15 minutes total of the treatment, depending on how many areas are being done.
Dr. Grant Stevens
Pain from NeoGraft
Pain Rating During NeoGraft = 2 for anesthesia injections; 0 during the procedure.
You could compare this pain to that you may experience before anesthesia injection before getting stitches. It only lasts less than one minute and then the area is numb. The scalp is numb during the procedure. After the procedure, there may be some soreness from the donor sites for a few days, like that of a sunburn.
Overall, I would rate the pain level from 0-10 (0= no pain, 10= worst pain imaginable) as a 2 for anesthesia injections and short lasting discomfort after the procedure. During the procedure the pain rating is 0.
PAIN WITH NEOGRAFT?
As such, FUE/Neograft procedures are not particularly painful postoperatively in comparison. After performing many hundreds of these procedures, patients generally report a "sunburn" type feeling for a few days that can be managed with over-the-counter medication such as Tylenol.
Obviously, the patient is anesthetized prior to the start of the procedure to a point of total anesthesia/numbness.
Best of luck!!
Neograft is just a tool
FUE surgery in general is carried out under local anesthesia so it should be painless during the surgery.
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