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Does a FUE hair transplant hurt?

POSTED: 16 February 2018

If you’ve conducted research into FUE hair transplant surgery, it’s likely that you’ve come across countless images on the internet of the infamous red dotted hairline that is associated with FUE hair transplants. Whilst this may look raw and painful at first, don’t let this deter you from achieving the hairline of your dreams.

Pain thresholds vary from person to person, therefore it’s difficult to pinpoint an exact pain level for this procedure. However, this guide will give you a rough idea of the pain you can expect from an FUE hair transplant and how long it will typically last for.


How painful is a FUE hair transplant

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The FUE hair transplant procedure in itself involves extracting individual hair follicles from the donor area and transplanting them to the area of the scalp that is thinning or balding. This is a labour intensive procedure and the results straight after surgery can look a little raw and gruesome, however the procedure shouldn’t hurt at all.

Most surgeons use local anaesthetic to numb the scalp area. This may cause slight discomfort at first but once the area is completely numb, you won’t be able to feel any pain. Recovering from the FUE method is typically less painful than the FUT strip method, as it is less invasive.

Despite this, the pain level will vary from person to person, but your surgeon should put steps in place to make sure that your surgery is as painless as possible.


How long does pain last after a FUE hair transplant?

The healing process varies between each individual person. Whilst one person may only feel pain for a few days, another may have a sore scalp for a week or two. Also, if you’ve had more grafts, it’s likely that this will take longer to heal and you may experience pain for longer than others.

Generally, scalp discomfort after hair transplants typically lasts between 1 and 2 weeks. If you experience high levels of discomfort for a long period of time after your surgery, or you notice that your scalp is not healing as it should, it’s important to get in contact with your surgeon as soon as possible to see whether there could be an underlying issue playing a part in your pain.


Book a consultation with Crown Clinic

It’s virtually impossible to go through a hair transplant without at least a little bit of pain. If this is one of your main concerns, it’s best to book a consultation with Crown Clinic, so that we can tell you more about what is involved in the procedure.

As the old saying goes ‘no pain, no gain’, so don’t let this deter you from achieving that full head of hair you’ve always dreamed of. Click here to contact us and let us make your hair transplant experience as painless as possible!

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