DHI hair transplant technique

Hair loss is not only a cosmetic problem. If the hair is thin or has gaps, patients often feel that they look older and less impressive. This can be a considerable disadvantage in everyday private and in professional life. A DHI hair transplant is the solution.

Patients report that their self-confidence is affected by male pattern baldness and some even start to withdraw from life altogether. Even in less serious cases, the nagging self-doubt that can be caused by hair loss is something that most sufferers would definitely prefer to live without.

Since there are no other solutions to genetic hair loss, many patients opt for a hair transplant to permanently eliminate the problem. Having made this decision, patients are then faced with the different hair transplant procedures and a potentially overwhelming choice of which type of hair transplant operation to go for.

DHI (Direct Hair Implantation) is one of the most widespread modern methods and one which a potential candidate for a hair transplant will come across early in their research.

How is the DHI hair transplant performed?

First, the scalp is locally anaesthetised with needles or devices that spray the pressurised anaesthetic into the skin.

Individual hairs are then removed from the donor area with special punches, known as a Choi implanter pen, that have a diameter of 0.7 mm. Usually the donor area is located at the back of the head. The removed hair follicles are protected inside the hollow needle of the implanter pen.

The hair follicles are implanted directly into the recipient site, the balding areas of the scalp, with the tip of the pen. An advantage of the DHI procedure is that prior preparation of the recipient area is not necessary.

The diameter of the needles is adjusted to the diameter of the hair roots. The needle penetrates the skin at a 45-degree angle. Individual hairs are released with gentle pressure and inserted into the hole.

An experienced surgeon can precisely consider the depth, angle of insertion and direction of growth with the DHI method. The technique provides for a great deal of accuracy and precision compared to other hair transplant methods such as FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) and FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction).

However, direct implantation can also pose risks to surrounding hair roots which can be damaged during the implantation. These risks can be completely bypassed with the new Sapphire DHI method.

After the procedure

To promote the growth of the hair follicles, the scalp must be kept moist in the days following the procedure. The transplanted hairs will fall out at first due to the shock of the transplantation, and the hair roots go into a short resting phase.  After twelve months at the latest, the final result is achieved: natural, full hair growth will give you more quality of life again.

Disadvantages of the Direct Hair Implantation method

The surgeon, together with the medical staff, must undergo additional practical training. Precise and careful work is required for this type of hair restoration. The fine needles must be precisely adapted to the implanted hair.

A maximum of 2500 grafts can be transplanted per session. A DHI hair transplant is more time-consuming and therefore more expensive than a FUT or FUE hair transplant.
Since the piercing of the new hair canals and the placement of the grafts is done in one procedure, adjacent hair roots or already transplanted grafts can be damaged by the force and die.
However, the advanced Sapphire DHI method uses even finer insertion blades made of the precious stone sapphire. This means that it enjoys the advantages of traditional DHI but eliminates the danger of damaging other hair roots as the even finer tools can make smaller incisions.

DHI Sapphire also enjoys lower infection risks and quicker healing thanks to the finer cuts made by the sapphire blade.

Furthermore, a Sapphire DHI operation with Cosmedica Clinic avoids the increased cost of DHI operations relative to FUT or FUE operations seen in other countries. A state-of-the-art Sapphire DHI hair transplantation in Turkey with Dr. Acar is cheaper than a less advanced FUE and DHI operation in other countries.

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