What is DHI Hair Transplant?
DHI stands for “Direct Hair Implantation”. DHI hair transplant is one of the most effective and advanced procedures available for hair restoration. The procedure was developed by some of the world’s leading medical practitioners, and is an intricate and delicate procedure, but the concept is rather simple.
Hair is taken from areas with an abundance of hair and transplanted to areas with thinning hair. The best part is that there is no surgical procedure, pain, or stitches! The procedure is performed with a pen like the CHOI pen. It is a modern tool used to increase the density of hair in a specific area. It works by transferring hair follicles from the original donor area and implanting them in areas of the scalp that are experiencing hair loss, as well as in eyebrows and beards.
The patient’s own hair is used in the transplant process. It is carefully chosen from a donor area on the head, or, in some cases, from different parts of your body. There is no artificial hair ever used.
How Is DHI Better Than Other Hair Transplantation?
One of the biggest differences in DHI and other hair loss treatments such as Follicular Unit Transplants, Follicular Unit Extraction, hair plus, etc., is that DHI is painless, while these other procedures can be painful. Also, patients can be left with scarring due to incisions made during procedures.
On the contrary, DHI is virtually painless, leaves no scars, and there are no incisions made, meaning no stitches. It provides a comfortable experience both during and after the procedure.
Another huge difference between DHI and other procedures are the results. Most other procedures involve simply placing hair follicles from the donor zone to the another area. However, DHI involves the artistic and creative design of the hairline, as well as scientific precision in placing the follicles in exactly the right spot. You will not have to worry about uneven hair growth, as DHI provides good natural results that are guaranteed to be to your liking.
Comparing DHI To The FUE Technique
Follicular Unit Extraction involves the extraction of hair follicles from the donor area, but the placement of those follicles is not given as much importance. DHI, however, has a patented DHI Implanter that is used to specifically and precisely control every aspect of the implant, such as the angle, depth, and direction of the follicle.
The results are a natural-looking hairline without the worry of discoloration as can be present with FUE. DHI surgeons can remove up to 6000 hair follicles a day, whereas in FUE the surgeon is limited to only 2000 a day.
Another advantage over FUE is that DHI is available to nearly all hair types, and FUE is rather limited. Also, You can get results with DHI without having to shave the scalp first.
What Results Should I Expect? Will It Look Natural?
DHI guarantees natural results, and the hair grows for the rest of the patient’s life. The strengths of DHI include: hairline design, natural look, and even distribution. Because of the extensive research and training that the surgeons have undergone, each hair follicle is precisely placed, taking angle, direction, and depth into account.
What Are The Side Effects?
DHI implants are conducted by under local anesthesia and using world class equipment by highly trained specialists. The only side effects you may have are fairly simple:
- Slight redness in the donor area.
- Miniscule scarring in the cultivated area.
- Very rarely is there swelling in the forehead and eye area and will go away around 3 or 4 days after the procedure.
All of these effects should only last a few days or less.
The Main Stages of DHI Hair Transplants
Preparation before the start
- The patient is given a gown to wear for the procedure.
- Only the donor area is shaved.
- The donor area is sterilized and then a local anesthesia is administered to thwart any discomfort.
The bulbs are harvested
- A special device called a micro motor is used to release the hair follicle root.
- The follicles are then collected, counted, and sorted according to the number of hairs in each bulb.
- The extracted bulbs are placed in a special solution for conservation and feeding.
The areas that need to be cultivated are identified
- The area where the hair bulbs will be grown is determined and then drawn onto the scalp.
- The front hairline is reshaped and drawn on in such a way as to compliment facial features.
- The distribution of the density of cultivated grafts is determined according to the level of baldness and shape of the head.
- Show the patient the shape of the line and ensure that they are satisfied with it.
The DHI bulbs are implanted.
- Once the line has been approved by the patient, the recipient area is then anesthetized.
- CHOI pens and hair bulbs are prepared in order to begin the process.
- The hair bulbs are placed onto the needle of the CHOI pen and then implanted directly under the scalp.
- The direction of hair growth is determined by the angle at which the bulb is implanted.
When Will My Hair Begin To Grow?
Typically, results will begin to become visible after about 16 weeks, depending on how quickly the capillaries around the newly transplanted follicular units are formed. After about 9-10 weeks, full results are visible.
What Is The Cost?
Your DHI procedure cost is based on the following:
- The number of grafts needed to fill in bald areas.
- The condition of the hair and scalp.
- The texture, color, and other characteristics of the donor hair.
In Turkey, a regular hair transplant procedure prices start from $1,300 to $1,800, while DHI surgery ranges from $2,000 to $3,000 OI. In India the cost can go from $4000 (DHIndia).
It is impossible to give you a specific rate without a full consultation, but we can give you an idea of what the typical cost is like. Since the procedure includes the use of one-time use CHOI pens, it is higher than the cost of FUE. You will need a consult to find out the price for yourself.
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