Needle-Free Hair Transplant

Pain-Free with NFI Technology

The excellent standards of medical expertise in Turkey, combined with reasonable prices in comparison with other countries, have led many international patients to opt for a hair transplant in Istanbul. A hair transplant provides the only realistic long-term solution for hair loss, yet many prospective patients are deterred by the prospect of the needles that are used to administer the local anaesthesia.

Luckily, advances in needle-free injection, or NFI, have made it possible to reduce such concerns to a minimum, providing a better overall experience for the patient. Highly-regarded clinics such as SHIFT use NFI technology as part of their commitment to placing comfort at the heart of the patient journey.

The difference between Needle Injection and Needle-Free Injection Technology in Hair Transplant

Needle-Free Hair Transplant in Turkey

How does NFI work and how is it administered?

NFI works by introducing medication into the body of a patient without piercing the skin with a conventional needle. Instead, a cutting-edge device propels a high-pressure stream of liquid or powder that penetrates the skin at high speed. NFI is particularly well-suited to administering local anaesthesia because once this has been applied, it will move through the targeted area more quickly than anaesthetics administered using conventional needles. In practice, this means that after five individual applications, the amount of pain that patients experience can often be reduced by 70-100%.

In hair transplant operations, NFI is used in combination with conventional needle injections to apply the local anaesthetic to the patient’s scalp area. The first NFI application will dramatically reduce any pain or discomfort experienced, whereas the subsequent conventional needle injections act as an extra control to ensure that the scalp has been anaesthetised throughout.

NFI helps patients to feel comfortable and happy from the beginning of their procedure and throughout.

Dr Ali M. Khalil applying NFI.

The technology is applied by the surgeon.

What are the advantages of NFI?

The most important advantage of NFI is the benefit that it has on the patient’s comfort and peace of mind. Many people are reluctant to undergo treatments that involve the injection of anaesthetics or other medication, but needle-free injection allows these patients to access treatment without fear or discomfort. Applying NFI involves a much lower degree of physical discomfort than using conventional needle injections alone. It also eases the psychological burden on the patient, given that the sight of needles can often trigger a patient’s underlying fears.


A fear of needles is a common and understandable occurrence, but it should not constitute an obstacle to patients undergoing operations in Turkey or abroad. The increasing prevalence of NFI technology has meant significant progress in ensuring that all patients are able to receive treatment in a comfortable and safe manner. At SHIFT in Istanbul, providing first-quality patient care inspires everything we do. Our adoption of NFI anaesthesia helps us to ensure the best possible patient experience from start to finish.


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