If you are just one step away from getting a hair transplant but you are concerned about the pain during the operation, we recommend you read this article that can eliminate your fears.

Is Hair Transplant Painful?

One of the most frequently asked questions by hair transplant candidates about the procedure is “Is hair transplant painful?”. To those who have second thoughts about having a hair transplant or postpone their operation due to the pain during the procedure, we have good news. “Hair transplant without pain” is completely possible. With the use of local anesthesia and its advanced technological delivery methods, pain is no more an issue.

Painless Hair Transplant

Many people are aware that special drugs are applied to the site to avoid pain during the operation however the methods used to alleviate operative pain may themselves produce distress in many people. In other words, even though they know they will not feel a thing after the anesthesia is delivered, people are still afraid of anesthesia injections. This is a commonly encountered situation in medicine. About 20-23% of the adult population have needle phobia to such an extent that it causes them to avoid needed medical care.What if we tell you that delivering anesthesia to the operation site without using any needle is possible. This technology is called needle-free injection and now has been perfected after being studied on about 50 years. Needle-free injections are very safe, effective and have been using for many other medicinal purposes beside local anesthesia, such as delivering insulin, hormones, allergy shots, etc.Comfort-in™ is one of the most advanced needle-free injection systems which is spring operated. This little device uses liquid medicine itself instead of a needle. In other words, it applies high-pressure liquid under the epidermis. A receiver patient only feels this pressure of the liquid against the skin. This device has a 0.15 mm orifice and it has a very high-speed jet delivery system.

How Does Local Anesthesia Work in Hair Transplantation?

Hair transplantation techniques require reliable anesthesia for long periods of time. Anesthetic agents should be given to the transplant before the two important processes of the FUE hair transplant; before collecting the hair follicles and implanting them.

Anesthetic agents can be administered by using different routes. These are:

General anesthesia:

In this route, the patient is put into a very deep sleep state by administering an intravenous agent. This type of anesthesia carries a higher risk of serious complications and is not used in hair transplantations.


A sedative agent that can be administered through inhalation or vascular access placed from the arm can be used in some hair transplantation procedures.

Regional anesthesia:

is used to numb a specific region of the body. This type of anesthesia is also not used in hair transplant surgery.

Local anesthesia:

is the most widely used type of anesthesia in hair transplant procedures. The most preferred local anesthetic is lidocaine by presenting its effect just in two minutes. Local anesthesia can be administered by two possible methods, with the needle or without the needle.

The needle that is used to administer the agent is very thin and cause minimal skin irritation. People describe this needle’s pain as similar to the first injection of local anesthetic delivery that is experienced in dental procedures. To minimize the injection quantity which can cause discomfort, the needle is injected in a site where there are diffusely spread nerves.

The innovative method of delivering local anesthesia is needle-free Comfort-in™ Painless Anesthesia. The choice of anesthetic technique affects the level of comfort experienced by the patient. Therefore, as EsteNove, we recommend Comfort-in™ system for our esteemed clients.

The Advantages of the Fue Technique Performed With Sapphire Blades

  • Preserving tissue and preventing small dents and lumps when receiving the drug many times at the same point (as seen in many diabetic patients.)
  • Being completely safe,
  • Reducing needle phobias
  • Minimizing patient stress due to injection

Other Factors That Decreasing The Pain During And After Hair Transplantation

Choosing a correct local anesthetic delivery method is just one aspect of a painless hair transplant surgery. There are other important factors to take account that will affect comfort during and after the operation.The most important factor that ensures a painless hair transplant is an experienced qualified medical team. As EsteNove, we have been a close follower of advanced techniques, technologies, and research to offer the best comfort to our esteemed clients.As EsteNove, we also give great importance to the quality of the medical equipment used in the operation. In all of our painless hair transplant surgeries, sapphire blades instead of steel blades are used to minimize the incision site reactions. Sapphire blades cause less edema and quicker healing after the operation which affects the comfort of the patient.In our operations, micromotor used during the extraction process operates at a low speed and it has the high quality small cylindrical needles that are changed regularly to prevent getting blunt. Sharper and newer cylindrical needles that are used during the extraction process ensure less skin irritation and more comfort during and after the operation.

In EsteNove, unlike many other hair transplantation centers, we offer Comfort-in™ Painless Anesthesia, without any additional charges.


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FAQ About Hair Transplant in Turkey

In general, hair transplant is carried out under local anesthesia, so the patient does not feel any pain or discomfort during the transplantation period. Also, there is a most advanced needle-free injection system called Comfort-in™ is used in hair transplant operations in EsteNove and it makes the hair transplant operation painless.

Yes, hair transplant is a safe and fast-growing industry in Turkey. First of all, hair transplant clinics in Turkey have state-of-the-art technology, a high level of knowledge, more experienced surgeons and staff and the patients’ feedback is positive. Also, in Turkey, it is performed in international accredited hospitals by premium clinics. Besides that, in Turkey the hair transplant clinics adopt a solution-oriented approach, so the patients’ satisfaction is at the top level. In Turkey, there are 44 JCL certified hospitals and it is placed on the third worldwide with this feature.

Whether a person is a good candidate for a hair transplant procedure is determined through with hair analysis (such as hair tissue, hair follicles quality, hair density, elasticity, pores, skin texture) and examination results. In this respect, after considering all factors such as patients state of health, the frequency of the donor area and the width of the area to be planted, it is understood whether a person is suitable for hair transplant.

Hair transplant can be performed at any time as well as the patient feel ready physically and psychologically. Patients, who want the aesthetic appearance, can have hair transplant at any time if the donor area is sufficient. In patients with hair loss, it is expected that to hairless areas will be intervened in advance and will not lose the aesthetic appearance of the hair. Because after a certain point, if hair loss reaches an extreme level, it becomes difficult to obtain an aesthetic image after hair transplant. In this respect, 1 or 2 more sessions can be applied if it is necessary. Also, we recommend PRP treatment in order to stop further hair loss.

During the hair transplant process, grafts are collected from the donor area where the transplant will be performed and looked them under the light of the microscope. Then, the grafts are separated. Generally, in many hair transplant clinics, the grafts are separated manually. Considering 3-4 thousand hair follicles, in this case, the error rate can be very high. Therefore, in the Nove MIC® method, the hair follicles taken from the donor area are divided into groups containing 1, 2 and 3 roots with the help of a special microscope. Only single grafts are transplanted to the front line of the hair. Thus, the transplanted area is exactly the same as the old hairline of the patient and so natural appearance occurs. That is to say, by the Nove MIC® method, the mistake risk is minimized and patients reach the most natural results.

Yes, women can also have a hair transplant, but the cause of hair loss needs to be well diagnosed. Because of androgenetic alopecia, known as male-type hair loss, hair loss resulting from the regression of the forehead line of the hair or an opening in the crest, women can also have hair transplantation.

Technically, there is no age limit for hair transplants. So, hair transplant can be applied to everyone from 22 to 65 years of age. But we cannot say, all people in this age range can have a hair transplant. Therefore, the determinants are hair type, hair loss condition and the general health condition of the patient.

Yes, we give a guarantee for after post-operative results, excepting health conditions or therapy that causes patients hair loss. In addition, patients should also follow the post-operative instructions given by the doctor.

To set up a consultation with us, at first, you can leave us your contact information via our social media or website or send us an e-mail. Then our Health Assistants will contact you and our doctor will send you a special diagnosis report. In accordance with this report, when you come to our clinic, a pre-examination is performed in terms of compliance with hair transplant process.