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Does an FUE Hair Transplant Hurt?

POSTED: 09 September 2020

The big question, does an FUE hair transplant hurt? The answer is, no, it shouldn’t, but it depends on your pain threshold.  

Like with most surgical procedures, there will be some discomfort, but in terms of measuring the pain, it hinges on the patient. Unfortunately, there isn’t a definite answer, but if an FUE hair transplant were painful, it wouldn’t be as popular as it is today. So, please remember that and avoid over researching the procedure online as you may come across negative experiences and graphics that can be off-putting. It’s important to remember that any ‘horror’ stories that you read, tend to be from individuals who chose to go abroad for their hair transplant, or an unqualified practitioner performed it.  

Fortunately, you won’t receive this at Crown Clinic, as Dr Shahmalak is the UK’s most recognised and respected hair loss surgeon, with a wealth of experience within the industry, and widely thought of in the medical sector as a whole. So, if you do have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.


I Don’t Have a Good Pain Threshold, Should I Avoid a Hair Transplant? 


No. Hair transplants aren’t designed to be painful; if they were, no one would have it done.  

During the FUE hair transplant, the surgeon will use local anaesthetic around the donor and recipient area to ensure you don’t feel anything. However, the surgeon will do their best to help you manage the pain during the procedure if you feel any discomfort. During your consultation appointment, the physician will talk you through the process, including pain relief, so please mention if you have any concerns or have a high pain threshold so we can keep a record and minimise any discomfort.  

Rest assured, that once the FUE hair transplant procedure is underway, you shouldn’t feel any pain as the area will be numb, and you’ll be on your way home before you know it. 


Will There be Any Pain After the Follicular Unit Extraction Procedure?


Like with most surgical procedures, you may experience some discomfort after, but you will be prescribed suitable pain relief. So, it’s essential to let the physician know during your consultation of any allergies and pain relief medication that you’ve been advised not to take.  

Again, the recovery process varies from person to person, but it’s vital to rest for a few days following the hair transplant. It also depends on how many grafts of hair were transferred. But don’t worry, the surgeon will create a tailored recovery plan for you during your consultation. 

It’s normal to feel discomfort for around one to two weeks following the FUE hair transplant procedure. However, if you begin to experience high levels of pain following the surgery that is lasting for long periods, or your scalp isn’t healing as it should, please contact the clinic immediately to make an assessment.  


FUE Hair Transplant Side Effects 

There are some side effects associated with a hair transplant procedure. Still, it’s critical to contact the clinic or your GP if the side effects worsen or you’re experiencing something out of the ordinary.  

For more information regarding the side effects following a hair transplant, please click here or contact Crown Clinic today. 


Crown Clinic is a reputable hair restoration clinic and performed multiple Follicular Unit Extraction and Follicular Unit Transplantation procedures. If you’re considering a hair transplant, call us today so we can arrange a consultation appointment with Dr Shahmalak to discuss your options. 

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