Today, with the developing technology, many methods that were not possible in the past have now become applicable. Hair transplantation has made progress in many directions thanks to this developing technology.

One of the most worrying issues for many people considering hair transplantation is the pain felt during or after the operation. Because of this, before the operation most of people research the anaesthesia methods used in hair transplantation.

Hair transplantation generally has less complication rate and less pain during and after the operation compared to other operations. There are various types of anaesthesia preferred in hair transplantation.

Two of the most preferred methods by the hair transplantation experts are local anaesthesia and sedation.

  • Local Anesthesia
1. Local Anesthesia

Compared to sedation method, local anaesthesia is a method preferred more by specialists. The donor area where the hair will be extracted and the transplant area where the hair will be transplanted are anesthetized with local anaesthesia so that the patient does not feel pain.

Local anaesthesia is injected under the patient's scalp with thin needles. In the meantime, a painless anaesthesia device can be used to reduce the pain of anaesthesia. The painless anaesthesia device injects the anaesthetic under the scalp with the method of injecting with pressure to the area to be anesthetized before local anaesthesia. In this way, 80% of the pain that can be felt in local anaesthesia is reduced.


The sedation method is an anaesthesia method based on sleep and forgetting, which allows the person to go into sleep with a drug called propofol, which is administered intravenously. For this method, the person must not eat or drink anything 12 hours before. Sedation may cause fatigue during the operation, and nausea. When sedation is used as a method of anaesthesia, the patient will be half asleep during the operation, so he/she does not remember anything and does not feel pain during the anaesthesia procedure.

3. Differences of Sedation and Local Anesthesia

  • You do not need to starve in local anaesthesia. You can have your breakfast before the operation and your lunch between the operation.
  • Although the drugs used in sedation and local anaesthesia are the same, you may have complaints such as nausea, weakness or vomiting in the sedation method.
  • While you do not remember or feel anything in sedation method, in local anaesthesia you will feel anaesthesia pain, which will last for about 5 minutes and it will be reduced by 80% in painless anaesthesia.