DHI-Direct Hair Implantation

DHI Hair Transplant is the process of extracting hair follicles from the donor area via utilizing a micro motor and then transplanting them into the desired areas using a pen-like device that contains a hollow needle. The first thing that comes into mind when we say DHI is usually the FUE method, but there are actually some differences between the 2 techniques.

Similar to FUE, Direct Hair Implantation is a method used for hair transplants to give patients with balding or thinning hair a naturally thicker appearance. It also does not require the removal of a donor strip of scalp to extract individual follicles and it does not leaves scarring as well. However, unlike its predecessor DHI technique enables the hair transplant to be performed without shaving the head. Making it the best option for woman and man with long hair.

Before the extraction of the follicles begins, the only donor section of scalp is shaved. Just like with FUE – the donor area is cleansed and anesthetized with a local anesthetic. Instead of making slits before implantation, the surgeon uses Choi pen, a disposable devise that looks like a pen that has an accurate head. The extracted grafts are inserted into the Choi pen one-by-one by the medical staff, then implanted into the desired areas of the scalp. It is easier to transplant between hair strands if the patient has healthy areas on his/her scalp. In addition, DHI allows us to achieve higher density of hair, especially when the area to be transplanted is not spacious.

Note: In our clinic, we include one Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) session during the hair transplant operation. This will significantly influence the engraftment process ensuring the maximum regrowth result.

During the procedure, up to 4000 grafts are implanted into a particular area on the scalp. The DHI operation lasts longer when compared to the classic FUE technique. As the method requires precision of the procedure, more attention and attentiveness is needed which, as a result will raise the overall cost of the operation. Since the process of opening the microchannels to transplant the extracted hair follicles is different from the classic FUE technique, it is important for operation to be performed by an experienced specialist with in-depth knowledge. As the microchannels are opened one at a time in the DHI method, a low experienced surgical team can cause inaccurate insertion angles.

Direct Hair Implantation, like any other hair transplant technique, seeks to reverse hair loss created by thinning hair, bald spots and receding hairlines. It leaves no linear scars after the operation, is known to heal quicker and is completely painless.

Recovery Tips

Following a DHI hair transplant surgery, avoid activities that causes excessive sweating such as cardio exercise for at least one month and heavy lifting for at least 60 days. Steam rooms, saunas, and other similar activities should also be avoided. Do not drink any alcohol for at least 1 week after the operation to ensure quick healing. Be cautious, do not touch or comb any areas that received grafts, as they will be sensitive.

Caution

Direct Hair Implantation is not recommended for patients with poor donor sites or who have hair loss as a result of medication intake, stress, or medical treatment as these can be reversed.

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

The procedure is done on an outpatient basis and can typically take from four to eight hours. While the procedure is extremely convenient nevertheless there is some discomfort that can be expected. Before the operation takes place, the patient will receive a local anesthetic, and they may feel a slight pricking sensation. Soon afterwards the anesthetic numbs the skin, relieving any sensation throughout the procedure. In terms of recovery, patients may experience tenderness, redness, and mild pain for a few days afterwards and may need to take pain medication (and possibly anti-inflammatory) medication to alleviate infection. However, these are generally mild enough that patients are able to return to work within a day or two, at most. Following post-procedure instructions during the first few weeks of healing will help minimize any discomfort following the hair transplant procedure.

In determining the success rate of hair transplants, it is important to take into account the client’s satisfaction with the procedure as well as the total percentage of the transplanted follicles that were successfully harvested from the donor site and transplanted to the recipient site. Using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy with FUE increases the success of FUE hair transplants. Your hair will begin to grow 3 to 4 months after the operation, and final results up to 1 year. With an experienced surgeon and ideal candidacy, the survival rate could reach up to 95%.

Hair transplantation operation can only be done under the supervision of a doctor. Since hair transplantation is a long treatment which has more than one phase such as anesthesia, implantation preparation, channel opening, implantation, etc, the doctor constantly checks the hair transplant technicians and participates in the operations if it is needed. 

Yes, a Hair transplant will change your look completely. The good news is state-of-the-art techniques that have been developed over the years which help to enhance the field hair restoration with new extraordinary levels. With the skill and experience of your hair transplant surgeon, combined with some of the latest technologies, the results of hair restoration surgery can look so natural that it may exceed your level of expectations.

Although most hair transplant procedures harvest donor hairs from the scalp, an increasing number of patients are relying on the use of body hairs to contribute additional grafts beyond what the scalp can provide. The best areas for these donor hairs are the beard followed by the chest and back.

Unlike organ transplants, you are your own donor for a hair transplant. The roots of your hair have live cells and just like all your other cells, you have your own unique genetic code embedded in them. If your body comes across someone else’s genetic code through transplanted hairs, it would cause an intense immune reaction and your body would reject them. You donate your hair from your own donor area.

It’s normal for the transplanted hair to fall out two to three weeks after the procedure. This makes way for new hair growth. Most people will see some amount of new hair growth 3 to 4 months after surgery and final results within 8 months to a year. When performing the hair transplant operation, your surgeon will make sure to extract and implant hair follicles from your donor area that are not affected by hormones which causes makes them fall out.

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