There is a small amount of pain when injecting the anaesthetic. After the anaesthetic has gone in you shouldn’t feel any pain at all. We use very small needles and have developed techniques to minimise the pain of the injections. If pain does develop we can top up the anaesthetic to reduce this.
The feeling afterwards is usually described as a tightness at the front and a dull ache at the back. This normally subsides within 48 hours but you can take Paracetamol or Co-codamol to help with this. You can’t take Aspirin/Ibuprofen for at least 3 days after as this will make the bruising worse.
No, putting patients to sleep is not required. You will be awake for the entire procedure and can read, use your phone/tablet in the afternoon during the implantation. We do give you a small dose of Diazepam to relax you in the morning, but this means you cannot drive home.
There is a normal period of shedding and growth:
- Up to 6 weeks: Anywhere between all and none of your hair follicles can shed during this stage (This is normal)
- Up to 3 months: The new hairs will start to come through the skin
- Up to 6 months: Enough growth to get an idea of density
- Up to 12 months: Should have reached full results (can in some cases take slightly longer)
The full results can take up to/over 12 months for the full result, but usually, by 9 months the results are evident.
The swelling varies from person to person but we give you medication afterwards to try to minimise this. Sometimes the swelling and bruising can descend to around the eyes after a procedure due to gravity. In most cases, patients can return to work within a week, however, there may still be some evidence of bruising in the implantation area up to 3 weeks afterwards.