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What is the difference between FUE and DHI hair transplant?

FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) and DHI (Direct Hair Implantation) are both modern hair transplant techniques that are used to treat hair loss in individuals. The primary difference between the two methods lies in the way hair follicles are extracted and implanted.


FUE hair transplant involves extracting individual hair follicles from the donor area using a tiny punch tool and then implanting them into the recipient area where hair loss has occurred. The procedure is done under local anaesthesia and leaves no linear scars. FUE is suitable for individuals who have moderate hair loss and requires more donor hair.

On the other hand, a DHI hair transplant involves the use of a specialized tool called a Choi Implanter Pen that is used to directly implant hair follicles into the recipient area. With DHI, the follicles are extracted and implanted one by one.

One of the key advantages of DHI over FUE is that it allows for more precise control over the angle and direction of hair follicle placement. This can result in a more natural-looking hairline and more even distribution of hair. Additionally, because the follicles are implanted more quickly after extraction in DHI, there may be a higher survival rate for the transplanted follicles.

In summary, the main difference between FUE and DHI hair transplant lies in the method of hair follicle implantation. Both techniques can achieve natural-looking results, but the choice of technique will depend on the individual’s hair loss condition, the desired outcome, and the surgeon’s expertise.

DHI Procedure

DHI (Direct Hair Implantation) is a hair transplantation technique that involves extracting hair follicles from a donor area and implanting them directly into the recipient area. Here’s a general overview of how the procedure is typically performed:

  1. Consultation: The first step is a consultation with a hair restoration specialist to assess your suitability for DHI and discuss your goals and expectations.
  2. Preparation: Before the procedure, the donor area is typically shaved and the recipient area is marked for precise placement of the hair follicles.
  3. Extraction: Hair follicles are extracted one by one using a specialized tool called a micro punch, which is designed to minimize damage to the follicles. The extracted follicles are stored in a solution to keep them alive and healthy.
  4. Implantation: The extracted hair follicles are then implanted directly into the recipient area using a specialized implantation tool. This tool creates tiny channels in the skin and inserts the follicle directly into the scalp without making any incisions or slits.
  5. Post-procedure care: After the procedure, you will be given instructions on how to care for your newly implanted hair follicles to ensure the best possible results. This may include avoiding certain activities and medications, using specialized shampoos, and avoiding direct sunlight.

DHI is a highly specialized technique that requires training and expertise to perform correctly. It’s important to choose a qualified and experienced hair restoration specialist to ensure the best possible results.

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