A common question we get about hair transplant is “how much it will hurt?”. Pain is a subjective symptom that the body produces when it is wounded. Neurochemical signals are released and this tells the brain something is hurt. The strength of this signal varies by patient, as does the brain’s response to the signal. However, the amount of neurochemical release is usually proportional to the extent of the wound.
In hair transplantation there are two ways to remove the donor hair from the back and sides of the head. The old method, which we no longer perform, is to cut out a strip of hair and tissue 10-12 inches long and 1-2 inches wide. Then the donor site is closed with staples and sutures and results in a large scar.
The new, minimally invasive method performed at Look Natural Hair Restoration utilizes the NeoGraft machine. Each hair follicle is individually removed with a small needle that “cores” it out. This produces many very small donor site wounds. Once healed, these wounds are barely visible.
Due to the size and depth of the wound, as well as the tension of the closure, the strip method causes a significant amount of pain and discomfort. This pain lasts anywhere from 1-3 weeks. The small wounds created by the NeoGraft produce very little, if any, pain at all. There is more of a generalized soreness, similar to the feeling after getting a tattoo. Most patients take pain medication for 1 day and then have no pain at all. Many of our patients, including myself, went back to work the very next day.