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DHI - Direct Hair Implant

A technique in which a single hair follicle is implanted directly on the scalp

First stage: Extraction of the hair follicles from the donor area

The donor area – the area from which the transplant recipient’s self-donation is taken. Hair follicles are extracted from the nape of the neck and the ears helix. In these growth areas, the genetic component of the hair is not affected by Alopecia diseases, and therefore it is resistant to hair loss. This unique DNA actually ensures that the bald area is fed with follicles that are durable to hair loss

With a special device, the follicles are being extracted one at a time while keeping the root content and the genetic material that it carries. This procedure is being done under local injectable anesthetics and constant patting of liquids on the skin. This process is called FUE. 

A donor area which considered to be full and healthy is one that usually contains 25-35k follicles. 

From this area, 2500 – 5500 will be extracted. A professional work of extraction will not leave the donor area with bold gaps, it should quickly heal, and the area’s appearance returns to its former state. We cannot extract an unlimited number of implants as it won’t grow again into hairs. The hair fullness of the donating area must be taken into consideration as well.

Performing this procedure in a professional and experienced manner will ensure fast recovery of the area and, in some cases, will allow the area to be a donor area again for further transplantation (After a minimum period of 18 months). The next step is a preparation before the implantation procedure, including careful manual sorting of the follicular units. We make sure that each unit is not broken or damaged. Only complete and healthy implants will be applied to the recipient’s area. 

Second stage: Insertion of the follicles to the bald area of the scalp:

This stage differs the DHI from other methods – Applying the implants in the bald area 

The implantation performed as a single operation of canals opening and insertion of the follicle to the canal. This is done by a pen-shaped syringe which is loaded with the implants. A microblade at the tip of the syringe allows the canal opening and controls the angle, depth, and direction of the implantation. The paramedical staff is in charge of the preparation process and the syringe tool’s load with implants. From here, the control is handed over to our hair implantation expert, who is the only authority to perform the actual implantation

As in the FUE method, this method requires an extremely skilled pair of hands from the field of aesthetic medicine. Therefore, the operation is performed only by a doctor who specializes in hair transplants and not by the paramedical staff.

The expertise aesthetic vision and experience allow him to “draw” the direction of the implantation, the canals angles, and depth while implanting the follicles. The expert’s skillfulness and aesthetic vision are critical in the process. It will determine the final look of the hair structure.  

DHI is a newer method and considered to be more advanced than FUE, which “saves” one stage in the process. However, it requires the expert’s full presence through the whole process as well as extra tools (such as a particular lightning system and magnifying glasses). All of the above mentioned and along with the high capabilities, techniques, preparations, and level of accuracy, the DHI method will be more expensive compared to FUE.  

The DHI has many advantages, and in some cases, we will recommend it over FUE:

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