When it comes to hair transplant techniques, it is important for you to understand the different options that exist, the differences between them, and which one is right for you and your hair loss needs. The three main techniques used to transplant hair are Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), and Direct Hair Implantation (DHI).
What is DHI transplant?
To understand DHI transplants, you first have to understand Follicular Unit Transplantation. In FUT surgery, your surgeon will remove a strip of skin from the back or side of your head and extract individual hair follicles. Those follicles are then inserted into balding parts of your scalp.
In an FUE surgery, the surgeon will remove the follicles individually instead of taking a strip of scalp skin. FUE leaves no visible marks and is more natural looking than FUT.
DHI is a variation of the FUE method that uses a specialized tool. This allows the extracted grafts to be immediately inserted after extraction without FUE’s need to create channels for the grafts first.
Is DHI better than FUE?
Direct Hair Implantation is most often suggested for patients younger than thirty-five. This is because generally the hair loss is not as advanced, and the chance of success is higher than with other age groups.
Generally, Follicular Unit Extraction can cover a larger area than the DHI method – while DHI is generally better at determining the direction and dimensions of hair growth. DHI does not require canal drilling. Both methods are very safe with extremely high success rates.
Is DHI Hair Transplant Permanent?
Generally, yes! Most patients start to see results between six months to a year after the procedure. It is important to know that at some point between the second and third month of recovery the transplanted hair will fall out. This is completely normal as new hairs begin to grow in the transplant location.
How Effective is DHI Hair Transplant?
As a modified version of the FUE method, DHI minimizes the physical handling, trauma, chance of infection, and the chances of grafts heating up… which can sometimes happen with FUE.
Some surgeons (who are more used to the older method) find it to be a longer and more difficult procedure, but those with more practice and experience find it to take less time and actually be easier to perform overall.
Is DHI Transplant Painful?
It seems that compared to other transplant techniques, DHI hair implantation may be less painful. You will likely need to wear bandages for a few days over your scalp. It is possible to experience mild pain two to three days after the surgery. Your physician may prescribe a painkiller to keep you from feeling any aching or burning as your scalp heals. Most people are able to return to work within a week of their surgery.
As with any surgery, transplants have some small risks like bleeding and potential infection. As the new hair begins to grow in, some people suffer folliculitis which is an inflammation or infection of the hair follicles. If you experience any of these, consult with your physician. Typically, antibiotics and a compress can relieve the issue.
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