Is a hair transplant painful?

Dr Fadi’s patients often ask him how painful a hair transplant will be. The answer is that for both FUT and FUE it is more a matter of discomfort than pain.

“When you read about the procedure, it seems a bit gruesome – but the fact is, there’s no pain with the surgery – rather, it is comparable to getting a filling at the dentist… The discomfort comes from being in the chair for up to ten hours for the entire process to be completed. We do try to alleviate this by giving you regular breaks.”

Prior to starting the treatment, a local anesthetic is applied so there’s no pain. Post-op, there may be some mild pain where the stitches are (FUT), or where the grafts have been inserted, but over-the-counter painkillers should be sufficient to manage this.