Trypanophobia, more commonly known as fear of needles, is a surprisingly common phobia. While it is difficult to determine just how prevalent this is within society, it’s predicted that around 10% of the world’s population suffers from this, with 20% of the population expressing at least a discomfort with the thought of medical needles. For this reason, the demand for alternatives has grown considerably and one solution currently available is Needle-Free Anaesthesia with a Jet Injector offered in Turkey.
Needles have previously been necessary in order to administer local and general anaesthetics and as a result, a number of people suffering from hair loss may have forgone treatment out of fear of this stage of the process. Needle-free anaesthesia administered with a jet injector, however, eliminates the need for a needle at all.
The jet injector administers the anaesthetic using a high-speed stream of fluid, which penetrates the skin and enters the bloodstream. This method has seen faster administration of anaesthetic in a pain-free manner that not only ensures those with needle phobia can undergo treatment in comfort but relieves all patients the pain of needle-insertion.
Needle-Free vs. Traditional Anaesthesia
Needle-free anaesthesia with jet injector can counter a number of concerns associated with the more traditional application of not just an anaesthetic, but other drugs too. These include:
- Painless delivery of anaesthetics and other drugs
- A solution for patient aversion or fear of needles
- Reduced risk of infection
- Easy to use
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While this is by no means an extensive list, it goes some way to showing why needle-free anaesthesia is gaining traction as an alternative. However, arguments have been raised to suggest that it isn’t without its downfalls. As with any medical treatment, there are risks involved that need to be taken into consideration and which may be preventing this from becoming standard in cosmetic surgery currently. These risks include a risk of infection (though somewhat lower than traditional needle injections), pain at the site of impact and bruising.
Additionally, studies have suggested that the medication applied through needle-free anaesthesia may not last as long as that which is injected with a needle. This hasn’t been confirmed completely, so currently, this treatment is still being considered a viable alternative for those with fears or discomfort with needles.
In hair transplant patients, this particular method of anaesthetic application can mean a pain-free experience from start to finish. Each hair transplant procedure begins with the application of a local anaesthetic, and with traditional needle application, this can lead to some discomfort for our patients. While we can take measures to minimise this, the potential for needle-free anaesthesia with a jet injector could help to create a much more comfortable experience and minimise any potential bruising.
Combatting Discomfort And Fear With Needle-Free Anaesthetic
While the 20% of the population who claim to dislike medical needles may still be able to attend appointments and undergo treatment, those with Trypanophobia can experience their fear in more extreme ways. This can include:
- Typical Phobia Symptoms – This can include anything from feeling anxious and scared to experiencing sickness, nausea or difficulty breathing.
- Fainting or Convulsions – in extreme cases, patients may go into a vasovagal reflex reaction that sees them fainting or experiencing convulsions before, during or after the procedure.
- Hypersensitivity to Pain – Those with needle phobias may be highly sensitive to the pain and discomfort caused by the needle.
These kinds of phobias can make it difficult for patients to undergo treatment of any kind, including hair transplants in the case of hair loss or thinning. While FUE procedures have been designed to minimise the discomfort of traditional FUT methods, the initial application of local anaesthetic to the scalp is typically done via a needle. With needle-free anaesthesia via jet injector, this can be eradicated, opening up a number of necessary or innovative treatments to these patients.
At Longevita, reducing discomfort and ensuring an optimal level of patient care has led us to embark on finding new and innovative procedures that can reduce pain, recovery times and any potential after-effects of hair transplant treatments. Sourcing these new procedures and ensuring our surgeons are well-versed in utilising them for our patients is one of our key goals, so you can rest assured that you will always be in safe, trustworthy hands when you visit our clinics in Istanbul.
If you’d like more information about needle-free anaesthesia applied with a jet injector, or simply want to discover more about the services we can provide here, feel free to get in touch with a member of our friendly team on 0845 5198 948, today.
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