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Posted 30/10/2022 in Hair Transplant

DHI Hair Transplant


DHI Hair Transplant

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    What is a DHI hair transplant?

    The  DHI (Direct Hair Implantation) is one of the most popular hair transplant methods nowadays. It is a procedure by which hair is taken from one part of the body and implanted into bald or thinning areas. 


    Your doctor extracts the grafts from the donor area, usually the back of your scalp, and implants them in the targeted areas. These hair follicles will eventually grow new hair, which never falls out for life.


    Here are the steps you can usually expect during the DHI procedure:

    • Your surgeon or a member of the team may shave your donor area and apply local anesthesia.

    • The surgeon extracts the hair follicles from the back of your head using a micromotor with a diameter of 0.5 - 0.7 mm.

    • The hair follicles will be loaded into the Choi implanter pen and implanted into the bald part of your hair.

    How effective is a DHI hair transplant?

    DHI hair transplant is certainly a way to cover the areas affected by advanced hair loss and baldness. If it is the right procedure for you, the results can be very pleasing and appearance-changing. 


    However, you should keep in mind that a hair transplant does not act on the main causes of Alopecia. It does not stop hair loss. 


    But because the transplanted hair is taken from the back of the scalp - the most resistant to balding - the hair growth continues throughout a lifetime and never falls again. 

    The most important thing is to get a professional consultation and find out if a DHI hair transplant is right for you. 

    Who can benefit from a DHI hair transplant?

    The best candidates experience pattern baldness, as do 50% of men over 50. Surgeons can take follicles from areas of healthy growth and implant them in bald areas. 


    If baldness spreads from the crown, for example, the new follicles can perfectly restore coverage there.


    Other candidates share the following traits:

    • At least 25 years of age: Hair loss can be difficult to predict in people under this age.

    • Thick Hair Texture: Although people with thin hair can get good results, transplants usually work best for thicker hair as each follicle has greater coverage.

    • Realistic Expectations: Surgeons find that people with realistic expectations for their results are generally the most satisfied.


    It is imperative that you have a consultation with an expert before engaging in DHI, or any form of hair transplant, to confirm that you are a suitable candidate.

    How much does a DHI hair transplant cost?

    You could pay between $ 4,000 and $ 17,000 for DHI treatment in the US or Canada (on average). Prices may vary from one clinic to another.


    Prices of a DHI hair transplant can vary based on:

    • The location of the clinic: for example, clinics in some states can be more expensive depending on local tax laws. 

    • The number of follicles required: naturally the more follicles you have transplanted the higher the cost. 

    • The brand of the clinic: established famous names tend to charge higher rates.


    Insurance providers usually refuse to cover hair transplant costs, as DHI is classified as a cosmetic procedure rather than an essential surgery. 


    You can reduce the price of your hair transplant by going to a clinic abroad and pay as low as $2000, such as in Turkey where living expenses and salaries are lower, but service standards can still be high.

    What is the difference between FUE and DHI hair transplant?

    DHI is a modified version of FUE hair transplant and follows a similar procedure. 

    During an FUE hair transplant procedure the first step is to extract hair grafts. Then the channels are opened by making tiny micro-incisions. Finally, the grafts are inserted into these channels. 


    DHI aims to simultaneously perform the incision and the implantation of the new hair follicles so that the grafts spend less time outside the body. 


    This is the main benefit and hence the survival of the follicles is greater and the recovery period is believed to be shorter. 


    This relatively quick process is carried out using a high-tech instrument called the "Choi Implanter" in the form of a hollow needle which is connected to a cylinder and a device to make the incisions on the scalp.


    Pros And Cons Of DHI Hair Transplant


    Pros of DHI hair transplant:
    DHI hair transplant has three main advantages: 

    1. The main advantage of the DHI technique is that it allows hair transplant without shaving. For this reason, it has become the favorite hair transplant technique for women and men with long hair. It is also for this reason that it is the technique chosen by many people who prefer to hide that they have undergone a hair implant.

    2. Another very important advantage is that the follicles during the DHI procedure remain much less time outside the body before re-implanting into the scalp, so the survival of the follicles is much higher and they remain firmer and safer. 

    3. In addition, the "Choi implanter" allows the doctor to have more precision both in the depth of the graft and in the angle of the incision created by inserting the follicle, which allows natural regrowth.


    Cons of DHI Hair Transplant:


    As with any surgical procedure, DHI has a few disadvantages compared with FUE hair transplant for example: 

    1. DHI procedure usually costs more than FUE one. This is due to;

      1. More expensive equipment

      2. Requiring several DHI expert technicians working alongside the surgeon at all times

      3. More effort and attention from surgeons

    2. It requires extreme accuracy in its execution, and for this reason the medical team that performs it must have a great experience.

    3. A smaller quantity of grafts: Most surgeons cannot perform extraction of more than 3000 to 4000 follicles per DHI session. 



    FAQs


    As with all hair transplant surgeries, swelling is a common side effect. It is temporary. Your doctor may prescribe some antibiotics and anti-inflammatories in order to alleviate it and accelerate the healing process.  

    DHI hair transplant does work. The final results may take up to twelve months but they are permanent and the transplanted hair keeps growing for a lifetime, in normal circumstances. 

    DHI hair transplant procedures cost between $5,000 and $17,000 in the U.S. But the overall cost may vary based on the extent of the procedure, and the qualifications of the team performing it. 

    The price of DHI procedure can end up costing up to $17 000, depending on the clinic and the number of grafts required. However, many people tend to travel to other places abroad to get a much cheaper operation of the same quality. 

    With all hair transplant surgeries, it is important to follow the post-op instructions provided by your treating doctor. As far as sleeping after the surgery is concerned, you should sleep in an almost upright position using a travel neck pillow to keep the top of your head from touching your pillow. More on this here.

    It is a proven and modern method of hair transplant. However, it is important to consult your doctor to make sure that DHI is the best option for you to meet your expectations.

    DHI hair transplant is not particularly painful. All hair transplant procedures are performed under local anesthesia. So, you will feel the injections of the sedative needles. Although many clinics try to alleviate even that with what is called pain-free anesthesia, which is administered before the actual injections.

    DHI is one of the common methods of hair transplant. It is a procedure in which the hair is implanted directly into the scalp without having to make incisions before. Surgeons harvest donor follicles with a special pen, which keeps them safe until implanted in bald areas.

    Hair clinics offering DHI procedures claim it is the most effective and advanced hair restoration solution today. But as of this writing, no research is available to accurately compare its results with those of alternative treatments.

    In general, all forms of FUE surgery (including DHI) can successfully treat hair loss and promote permanent growth.

    DHI hair transplant is one of the most popular hair restoration treatments, along with FUT and FUE. During DHI (a modification of FUE) hairs are extracted from the donor area and implanted into recipient areas. Surgeons use a portable pen-shaped instrument to create incisions and implant follicles at the same time.


    The three major benefits of a DHI hair transplant are: First, the hair follicles spend less time outside the body thus increasing their chances of survival. Second, it is possible to perform DHI technique without shaving, which is ideal for women and men who prefer not to shave. Third, the use of the specialized pen “Choi implanter” allows your doctor to have more precision over the depth and angle of the hair

    It depends on the individual case. FUE is ideal for restoring hair growth in larger areas of the scalp, but the DHI method offers better potential for greater density in people with a more limited recipient area. 



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