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DHI Hair Transplant

DHI Hair Transplant Method

DHI Hair Transplant (Direct Hair Transplantation) is a similar procedure to FUE hair transplantation. The surgeon removes hair follicles from a donor area and places these follicles on balding areas to promote new hair growth. However, the distinguishing factor of the DHI hair transplant method is that the surgeon uses a special implantation tool to inject the grafts into the recipient area.

Best Candidates for DHI Hair Transplant

  • People who experience hair loss due to androgenic alopecia, also known as male or female pattern baldness
  • Those   over 25 years old.
  • Those   with a hair density of more than 40 follicles per square centimeter in the donor area (usually on the back of the head).
  • Those who have realistic expectations about the result

DHI Hair Transplant Method : The steps to be followed in DHI hair transplantation are as follows;

Anesthesia: Local anesthesia is applied to the area (no shaving of the head is required in the DHI method).

Follicle Removal: Your doctor takes follicles from the donor area using a fine-tipped instrument.

Graft Implantation: Follicles, are loaded into a pen-shaped instrument known as the Choi Implanter Pen and implanted directly into the recipient area.

Cleaning and Bandage: Antibiotic cream and bandage are applied to all areas affected by the procedure.

Advantages of DHI Hair Transplant Method

  • In the DHI hair transplantation method, the scalp is transplanted without shaving.
  • With DHI, there is no need to make any incisions on the patient’s scalp.
  • The DHI implanter better controls the depth, angle and direction of the implanted follicles.
  • Since the DHI technique does not require opening the channels before the transplantation processes, it minimizes the time that the hair follicles stay out of the tissue and ensures healthier hair transplantation.
  • The pain felt after the DHI procedure is minimal.

Disadvantages of DHI Technique

  • This technique is a slower process than other hair transplant techniques.
  • It has a higher cost, unlike more traditional methods.

DHI Hair Transplant Results and Recovery

Since the DHI method does not require an incision during the hair transplantation process, crusting, cupping and postulation occur at a very minimal level. However, patients should expect hair loss that occurs in the first three weeks after hair transplantation as “shock loss”; this is a very common situation and only shows our body’s natural response to surgery. Within 2-3 months after DHI hair transplantation, the grafts are poured and gradually begin to grow again. At the end of the 4th month, the regrowth rate should be around 20-30%, at the 6th month it should be around 50-60% and the final result can be observed approximately 12 months after the operation.

DHI Hair Transplant Side Effects and Risks

Possible side effects of DHI hair transplantation method are as follows;

  • Bleeding
  • Swelling of the scalp or bruising around the eyes
  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Itching

DHI and FUE Hair Transplantation: Which Technique Is Better?

Compared to FUE, DHI hair transplant is considered a more effective hair transplant procedure as the procedure allows the surgeon to determine the direction and dimensions of hair growth. This technique provides more intense, more natural-looking results. After the follicles are removed, they are implanted faster. In addition, the healing process in DHI hair transplantation is faster than in FUE hair transplantation.

Are the Results of DHI Hair Transplantation Permanent?

Yes, the results of DHI hair transplant surgery are long-lasting and are considered to be permanent. Your healthy roots are transported to a new area and natural hair growth begins in just a few months. However, in order to get the best results in every sense, the surgery should be performed by a competent hair restoration specialist. For this reason, it meticulously applies post-procedure care instructions to all patients in order to ensure optimum hair growth and patient satisfaction.

What is the Main Difference Between DHI and FUE?

Both DHI and FUE procedures involve taking healthy hair follicles from part of your scalp and placing them in areas where shedding is occurring. What makes the DHI technique different is that the surgeon uses a special follicleimplantation tool known as the Choi Implanter Pen to inject the grafts into the recipient area instead of manual implantation. Therefore, DHI does not require the same incisions as the FUE technique. Since the follicles are transferred quickly from the donor to the transplant areas, the hair is kept outside the body less, thus guaranteeing a healthier hair transplant process.

Is there an age limit for DHI hair transplant surgery?

DHI hair transplantation can be safely applied to patients of all age groups. However, these patients are considered the most suitable candidates, as hair loss begins to stabilize in the patient group between the ages of 30 and 50.

What is the success rate of DHI hair transplantation?

Due to the advantages of this method, the success rate of DHI hair transplantation reaches 95%.

Are there possible complications while performing the DHI procedure? If so, what are they?

Although rare, allergic reactions to anesthesia and infections occur after DHI hair transplantation. It is very important to carefully follow the surgeon’s instructions for post-operative care and to disclose your medical history during the initial consultation to prevent such complications.


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