So you want to have a hair transplant, but you don’t know which technique – between DHI and FUE – is best for you? Most people get caught up in this dilemma and they end up delaying having a hair transplant.
But the decision doesn’t have to be difficult, all you have to do is to reach out to one of our healthcare consultants and they will explain everything you need to know – at no cost.
Another alternative is to continue reading this article, we explain everything about the DHI and FUE technique, and we even give a recommendation of the best clinic for a successful hair transplant surgery.
What is a Hair Transplant?
Although it may sound self-explanatory, a hair transplant can simply be defined as a plastic surgery procedure that is used to treat hair loss. Hair follicles are moved from one area with adequate hair growth (known as a donor site) to an area that has lost hair.
Hair transplants are usually associated with head baldness, but the procedure can also combat baldness on the chest, chin and it can restore eyelashes and eyebrows.
Depending on the technique – DHI or FUE – recommended by your surgeon, the hair transplant surgery usually takes between 4 and 12 hours.
Not everyone is an eligible candidate for this surgical procedure, one has to first have a donor area in any part of his/her body. People who usually form keloids scars after an incision may have some complications that may negatively affect the surgery results.
What is FUE?
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a hair transplant method that is performed by collecting hair follicles in the donor region one by one without creating a linear incision. The harvested follicular unit grafts can be removed directly from the back and sides of the scalp using a small, round, 7 mm staple-like instrument.
You can consider this to be a minimal invasive method of removing and implanting hair follicles. Considering the fact that the surgeon has to harvest hair grafts one by one, thr duration of the surgery is much longer than other methods. But it is an advanced hair transplantation method that offers maximum density, and in most hair transplants clinics, FUE is the most preferred method.
Over the years, FUE has been gaining popularity among different patients. The difference between the FUE and other hair transplant techniques is in the extraction process. Using the FUE method, your surgeon can extract 500 to 5000 grafts in one session.
Hair follicles are usually harvested from the back and sides of your head, but if the number of follicles that will be extracted is not sufficient, your surgeon can also extract the follicles from your beard or chest.
What is DHI?
DHI is an acronym for Direct Hair Implantation. Just like the FUE technique, DHI is one of the most recent techniques in hair transplantation. This technique also involves implanting hair follicles one after the other directly to the bald or thinning area of the head. When doing this, hair transplant specialists often use DHI patented pen-like tools and the DHI implanter.
Depth, direction, and angle are controlled by DHI implanter and the certified, trained specialists who use the tool. As implantation is done at the same time, DHI offers a solution for those who do not want for the hair in the implantation area to be cut off completely. There is no need for shaving in DHI hair transplant procedure, the donor area is trimmed.
Choosing the Right Clinic
The success of your hair transplant surgery is not only determined by the type of technique used, but also by where you have it. You really can’t expect to have a hair transplant at a clinic with a low success rate and expect to get your desired results. We often recommend our clients to have their transplant surgery at a clinic with at least 95% success rate.
In fact, Estepalace is the name that comes into mind when talking about the best hair transplant clinics in the world. Estepalace is an award-winning hair transplant center located in the heart of Istanbul, Turkey.
This clinic has been in operation for 8 years, but the Hair Transplant Specialists have more than 30 years of experience, combined. Estepalace uses technological advanced equipment when performing a hair transplant procedure and this has helped the institution build a reputation of producing satisfactory results.
This content is edited by Flymedi Medical Editors in March 2020