The first thing on the mind of the patients who want to have a hair transplant is whether they will feel pain during the operation. In general, local anesthesia is applied in all hair transplantations, so patients do not feel any pain during the operation. However, some patients are afraid and uneasy about surgical operations, even if they are small. Some patients have a fear of blood and needles. Hair transplants performed in sedated half-sleep provide solutions to all these problems.
Turkey is a country where many different methods are applied in hair transplantation. Sedated hair transplantation is also among the methods applied.
What Is Sleep Hair Transplantation?
Hair transplant in sleep; It is the provision of a light sleep state without loss of consciousness by the specialist anesthesiologist before the hair transplantation process, thanks to a special sedative drug. The application is performed with sedation, that is, with oral medication or airway anesthesia. Thanks to the anesthesia applied, the person goes from unconscious to half-sleep and does not feel any pain during the operation.
Hair transplantation operations are long procedures. Thanks to sedation hair transplantation, the procedure is completed without getting bored, although the procedure takes a long time, as the patient spends this period in half sleep. The only difference between sedated hair transplantation and classical hair transplantation is that the patient is half asleep during the procedure. Hair transplantation is performed on the same principle. The stages of hair transplantation in sleep are;
Control And Planning Phase
During the control phase, the patient’s general examination and blood tests are performed. Whether there is a health condition that prevents hair transplantation is determined according to the examination and blood results. Patients who do not have a health problem go to the hair transplant planning stage. During the transplantation planning stage, the patient’s expectations from hair transplantation and the hair image that he/she dreams of are discussed in detail. The images of the patient are prepared in the digital environment and the final version is decided. At this stage, the front hairline is determined. This front hairline becomes the border area of the doctor during the hair transplant phase and applies the hair transplant according to that border. The average number of hair follicles the patient needs is calculated and the yield of the donor area is checked.
Anesthesia Application Phase
Generally, local anesthesia is applied in hair transplantation. However, sedated anesthesia is applied for hair transplantation to those who have fear of needles and operations. At this stage, the patient is given sedative drugs either orally or by air, and the patient is allowed to go into a semi-sleep state. Special pressurized sedation anesthesia is applied for patients who do not have fear of needles but who want to sleep in the long hair transplant procedure.
Collection Stage Of Hair Follicle Seeds (Graft)
It is the stage of collecting hair follicles from patients who are half asleep. Hair follicles are collected from the determined donor area. The donor area is usually determined as the spill-resistant nape. If there are not enough hair follicles in the donor area, roots can be taken from other parts of the body. The number of hair follicles determined in the hair follicle stage are collected and put on hold in special solutions. In the DHI hair transplantation method, the hair follicles are transferred to the planting area without waiting.
Channel Opening Phase
The channel opening phase is one of the important stages for hair transplantation. At this stage, the channels where the hair follicles will be placed are placed in the balding area. The channels are opened according to the size of the hair follicles and the direction of the other hairs. Giving the right angle is very important for the hair transplant to look natural and for the newly transplanted hair to be compatible with other hair.
The Stage Of Placement Of Hair Follicles
The final stage of hair transplantation operations is the placement of the collected hair follicles. At this stage, the hair follicles, which are kept and separated in order not to be damaged, are placed in the opened channels according to the appropriate angles and the hair transplant operation is completed. The front hairline is determined as the border and the transplantation is completed from the front to the back.
Which Hair Transplant Techniques Are Used During Sleep?
The only difference between sleep hair transplantation and other hair transplantation operations is that it is applied not in the form of local anesthesia, but in general or sedation anesthesia. If there is no health problem that prevents anesthesia, hair transplantation with sedation can be applied in any hair transplantation method. Sleeping hair transplantation is very advantageous especially for those who have fear of needles and surgery. Those who have hair loss problems and are afraid of hair transplantation operations can have hair transplantation in a calm and comfortable way. The methods applied in sedated hair transplantation are;
- Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) hair transplantation
- Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplantation
- Direct Hair Implantation (DHI)
- Sapphire Hair Transplant
- Ice-Fue Hair Transplant
What Are The Advantages Of Sleeping Hair Transplantation?
There are many advantages of hair transplantation in sleep, some of these advantages are;
- Those who have blood retention and fear of needles can have a hair transplant comfortably without any problems as they will be asleep during the procedure.
- Hair transplant operations take an average of 4-10 hours, as the patient will be asleep during the sedated hair transplant. length does not matter.
- Because the muscles are relaxed, the specialist can work more comfortably and in a controlled manner.
- Since the patient is in a half-sleep state with sedated anesthesia, the patient does not feel any pain during the operation.
What Are The Disadvantages Of Sleeping Hair Transplantation?
The only disadvantage of sleep hair transplant operations is that the anesthesia applied for the procedure is removed from the body after the procedure. There are problems such as vomiting or nausea for body anesthesia excretion. Apart from this, there are no disadvantages of hair transplant procedures during sleep.
What Is Anesthesia?
Anesthesia is a numbing method applied to prevent the patient from experiencing pain and suffering during surgical operations. Local, that is, regional or general, completely anesthetized anesthesia is applied in all surgical operations. While general anesthesia is used in more extensive surgical operations, local anesthesia is used in smaller surgical procedures such as hair transplantation. General anesthesia is administered by intravenous or airway.
What Is Sleep Hair Transplantation-Sedo-Anelgesia?
Sedation, that is, semi-drowsiness and alnelgesia, is the application of anesthesia that provides the elimination of pain. Sedated anesthesia procedure is very important for the health of the patient and attention should be paid to its ratio. Sedated anesthesia should be applied by a specialist anesthesiologist. Sedated anesthesia is used in many surgical operations. In sedated anesthesia, the patient is not completely unconscious, but is half asleep, but does not feel any pain. Recently, sedated hair transplantation is applied in hair transplantation operations for patients with fear of needles and blood. In this way, patients can have transplantation without fear, without feeling pain in half-sleep state and without getting bored during long hours of hair transplantation.