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Effect Of Lidocaine On Scalp

Posted on June 16 2018

Majority of doctors recommend applying Lidocaine over consuming tablets and injecting anesthesia for pain management. This is because when a patient swallowsa medication or is being injected, the chemical gets into his bloodstream, and may cause systemic problems such as gastrointestinal and bleeding complications. In case of narcotics, these tablets can cause problems with addiction and constipation.

Effect Of Lidocaine On Scalp

Lidocaine or numbing creams is considered 100% safe for use on skin. However, people still feel anxious about using it on the scalp while undergoing a minor head surgery or scalp transplant. The nervousness is genuine after all, the head is one of the most sensitiveparts of our body, and it’s not easy to overcome the fear of pain when you don’t have an idea about Lidocaine’s effectiveness.

How can only a Lidocaine ointment protect us from not having a pain during a minor head or scalp surgery? This is what people usually ask. If you too have doubts about the use of Lidocaine and its effectiveness on the scalp, leave your anxiety and readits uses and effects.

What is Lidocaine?

Lidocaine is a medication used to treat irritation, pain, and itchiness from certain skin conditions such as minor burns, eczema, insect bites and scrapes. It also can be used to treat minor soreness and itching caused by hemorrhoids, fissures and other problems in the anal area. It is an anesthetic that helps to lessen pain by temporarily numbing the treated area. It also contains hydrocortisone - a corticosteroid that helps to decrease redness, itching, and swelling. It is also helpful in easing out pain before tattoo and piercing.

How long does it take Lidocaine to show the effect on scalp?

The scalp covers our whole skull and is made of 5 layers - the skin, connective tissue, epicranial aponeurosis, loose areolar tissue, and pericranium. The first three layers of the scalp are bound together and form a single unit, which also contains your hair. As for Pericranium, it is a thin fascial film fixed on the outer portion of the skull, and continuous with the endosteum of the skull bones, so subperiosteal hematomas typically takes the shape of the skull bones underlying the bleeding. When a surgeon treats cuts and scrapes on your scalp. He has to numb first four layers of your scalp, including nerves that sends pain signals to brain.

Lidocaine does the same. For a minor scalp surgery, the minimum application time required is 30 minutes, and the skin numbing effect will last approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. If you apply the ointment for 1 hour, your scalp skin will remain numb for about 2 hours, even after you remove it. The doctor applies Lidocaine depending on the level of complication in your case. It is 100% safe to treat minor head injuries and scalp transplant. It does not have any side effects unless it’s not a major open wound.

How do you feel after applying Lidocaine on scalp?

You’ll feel cold and numb in the area you have applied the cream. During the minor head surgery of cuts and scrapes or scalp transplant, you’ll feel almost negligible pain for the first hour. The effect of Lidocaine will reduce after a couple of hours.

Possible side effects of Lidocaine

Lidocaine cream can have minor side effects including swelling, and redness in the skin. If receiving lidocaine via injection into the veins, it can cause high blood pressure, constipation, nausea, and vomiting. In some patients, it causes problems like confusion, dizziness, headache, or tingling in the toes, fingers or hands. All the side effects are temporary and can be treated easily by the doctor.


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