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In the technological era we live in, multiple hair transplant or restoration treatments are available to deal with hair loss issues such as alopecia, baldness, or even thinning hair. FUT and FUE are the two main standard hair transplant techniques.
However, a more innovative transplant procedure is fast changing the hair transplant landscape. DHI, also known as Direct Hair Implantation, is a revolutionary hair transplant treatment that can restore your youthful look without shaving your hair or surgery.
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What Is Direct Hair Implantation(DHI)?
DHI is a modification of the FUE technique, which involves the extraction of hair follicles from one area of your scalp and implanting them directly to the balding area. The distinguishing factor from FUE is the use of a unique tool known as the Choi Implanter Pen. This tool directly implants the hair grafts onto your scalp.
The added benefit of using the Choi Pen for implantation is that the hair follicles are only out of your scalp for a short time. This means that the survival rate of each hair follicle is higher. DHI guarantees you natural-looking hair and less scarring. What’s more, with this procedure, the healing rate is faster. DHI also has higher success rates compared to FUE or FUT.
How Is DHI Different From FUE And FUT?
DHI differs from FUE and FUT in several ways.
Method of hair follicle extraction: During Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), the surgeon cuts a linear strip of skin from the scalp, usually the back of the head. The strip contains the hair follicles that will be dissected into grafts of 1-3 follicles. The surgeon then inserts the follicles into the recipient spot. The stitches are then removed 10-12 days after the procedure. Within 2-3 weeks, the transplanted hair falls off, paving the way for the new hair to grow.
With the FUE technique, the hair follicles are removed from one part of the head using a microneedle, and then they are transplanted in the balding region.
On the other hand, the DHI technique involves removing one hair follicle after another using a special tool-the Choi Implanter pen with a diameter of 1mm or less. The follicles are then implanted directly in the recipient region.
The number of grafts: With FUT, the maximum grafts transplanted in one 4-6 hour procedure is 3000. Similarly, during the FUE transplant, the number of grafts implanted into the balding region ranges between 2500-3000. This can take anything between 6-8 hours. DHI is more time-consuming as the surgeon transplants one follicle after another to the recipient region. To transplant 3,000 grafts, the procedure can take more than 10 hours. Thus, surgeons divide the process into shorter 2-3 day sessions.
Surgeon: DHI requires a specialized surgeon due to the advanced tools like the Choi Implanter Pen and other devices used in the procedure. FUE and FUT can be done by new surgeons successfully.
Cost: While costs may differ from clinic to clinic, a DHI procedure will cost you more than the FUE or FUT procedure.
Recovery: Thanks to the less invasive technique used in this procedure, there is less scarring leading to a faster recovery. The healing period for a DHI transplant is significantly reduced when compared to traditional FUT or FUE procedures.
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Benefits Of DHI
- The short time the hair follicles spend out of the scalp ensures that more healthy hair is transplanted in the bald spot—the result is much stronger hair.
- DHI does not cause wounds or scars. It is a non-invasive procedure – no scalpel is used to implant the follicles.
- There is no need to shave the hair or shorten the hair around the balding or thinning spot.
- This innovative technique gives your hair more density compared to other hair transplant techniques.
- The success rate of this technique is relatively higher than FUE and FUT, with more natural results.
- Low risk of complications.
What To Expect After Your DHI Procedure
The first week after a hair transplant is very crucial in the recovery journey. After surgery, the donor area is wrapped in a bandage. A headband is placed around your face to avoid swelling. You should also expect some mild pain, discomfort, swelling, and itching, all of which are normal the first few days post-op. You can manage these symptoms by medication that your doctor will prescribe. You may also notice some scabbing, especially in the donor area. This should not cause alarm. The site will heal naturally in about 15 days.
After your procedure, the urge to touch your head to examine its progress is unavoidable. However, doctors highly advise against it. Additionally, for the first two weeks, avoid wearing any clothing that you have to pull over your head for obvious reasons. Avoid wearing hats, helmets, or any headgear. Keep away from the gym and avoid smoking, as it will affect your recovery process.
Some post-operation practices that will aid your recovery include:
Spraying some saline solution on the transplanted area
Keeping your head dry for the first two days to give your scalp time to heal.
Washing your hair on the third day. Be gentle when cleaning.
PS: Some hair may fall off about 2- weeks post-op. It is only part of the natural hair growth process.
Why Visit Turkey For DHI Hair Transplantation?
Turkey is a world-class destination for hair transplants boasting of licensed medical professionals who perform over 500,000 hair transplant procedures a year. The medical facilities are top-notch and fitted with the most advanced technology to ensure that patients receive the best quality of treatment.
You will find that the cost of having your DHI hair transplant procedure in Turkey is up to 75% cheaper than that of other countries offering quality hair loss treatment. We guarantee value for your money when you choose Turkey for your DHI hair transplant.
The medical facilities offer all-inclusive packages to ensure that you not only receive star treatment but you can also recuperate while indulging in the Turkish culture by visiting historical sites.
Most of the treatment packages include:
✓ Post-operative consultation
✓ VIP airport transfers
✓ Hotel accommodation in a four or 5-star hotel
✓ Postoperative care kit
✓ Online support after your medical procedure
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