DHI Hair transplant
Medically reviewed by Dr. Sternberg
Hair loss is a common problem for many men and women. It is believed that around 85% of men face hair thinning by the age of 50. One of the most effective solutions are hair transplants. Lately the new hair transplant method DHI gained popularity. What is the experience with DHI? Are there any risks? Learn everything on this page.
|Pros||Higher graft survival rate etc.|
|Cons||More expensive etc.|
|Side effects||Reaction to anesthesia, infection etc.|
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|The DHI hair transplant has a higher graft survival rate because the grafts spend less time outside of the body and thus have a lower risk of getting damaged.||One of the biggest cons of DHI hair transplant is that it is usually more expensive than other methods. It is explained by the specialized equipment needed to perform the procedure as well as special additional training for surgeons.|
|There is a significantly lower risk of bleeding in the recipient area. Moreover, the recovery time is faster than after other methods.||Another disadvantage is that the DHI transplant procedure usually takes more time, for example, FUE for the same number of grafts.|
|The recipient area does not require shaving to perform DHI, so it is suitable for patients with longer hair.||The surgeon requires a lot of skill and knowledge as implantation places are not mapped in advance.|
Frequently Asked Questions
Which is better, DHI or FUE?
DHI and FUE are quite similar procedures with a difference in how the grafts are transplanted. When performing FUE, canals are opened before implanting the grafts, while DHI allows implanting the graft at the same time as creating a canal. The time grafts spend outside the body is significantly decreased so that it will enable a higher survival rate for transplanted follicles.
Is DHI better than sapphire FUE?
Both DHI and sapphire FUE have their pros and cons. Sapphire FUE is more suitable for people planning to wear short hairstyles. It also allows transplanting a higher number of grafts while the number for DHI is limited per session. Sapphire FUE allows covering larger recipient areas, whereas DHI is fir for achieving greater density. Giving preference to one technique over the other depends on the particular case and what aims should be achieved.
Is DHI hair transplant permanent?
The surgery provides long-lasting results and maybe stay even a lifetime. Though, it greatly depends on various factors such as individual cases and hair growth. The newly transplanted follicles will produce new hair, but they may slowly stop doing so in time as part of the natural process. It is beneficial to consult a professional surgeon to discuss the surgery's immediate and long-term results.
Does DHI leave scars?
Scarring is an inevitable part of surgeries, even though hair transplant surgeries have come a long way. DHI method allows for making small incisions and minimizes tissue damage, so the healing process goes much faster.
How much does DHI cost?
The cost of the DHI transplant surgery dramatically depends on the country where you choose to have it, the clinics and the surgeon performing the procedure, and the number of grafts needed for transplantation. Aftercare medication may also add up to the cost. Health insurance usually does not cover hair transplants and cosmetic procedures expenses, but you should consult with your health insurance provider to get the details.
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