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Know Everything about Direct Hair Implantation (DHI) Procedure

Know Everything about Direct Hair Implantation (DHI) Procedure
Apr 07,2022

This is one of the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) techniques used in hair transplantation. DHI is an acronym for Direct Hair Implantation.

Eligible candidates for a DHI hair transplant

  • Men with male pattern baldness that has led to their hair loss
  • Men who fall in the category of Norwood Scale Class 3 and beyond
  • Men and women who desire a fuller hair
  • Men who like to have a beard transplant

How long does the procedure take?

Between 6 to 8 hours, you can complete this treatment.

What are the possible risks and side effects of DHI?

  • Folliculitis (when the hair follicles are inflamed or infected)
  • Scalp numbness (you won't feel anything on the treated area of the head)
  • Itching
  • Bruises and swollen areas
  • Infection

How long will recovery take?

New hair may start to grow around 1-month post-surgery; however, this growth is temporary. You will see a fresh regrowth in 3 to 4 months after treatment. Significant changes are noticed after 6 months. Between 9 to 12 months, full DHI hair transplant results will be seen.

How successful is a DHI hair transplant?

This procedure has a 97 per cent success rate.

Any alternative hair transplant procedures?

Absolutely. If you can't get a DHI, you may qualify for any of the following:

  • Follicular unit extraction (FUE)
  • Follicular unit transplantation (FUT)
  • Stem cell hair transplant

What is involved in a DHI hair transplant?

First, an online consultation will be arranged, so our surgeon will determine if you are qualified for the procedure. Being an online meeting, you need to send us your photos so we can examine your condition. From here, the number of drafts you need will be determined. 

At your online consultation, the doctor may likely ask you the following:

  • Have you received a beard transplant previously?
  • Are there any health problems you have that we need to know about?
  • Are you on any medication presently?
  • What are your expectations from a DHI transplant?

From the consultation, your surgeon will be able to identify what is motivating you, what you are expecting, and hope to achieve.

Getting ready for a DHI hair transplant

This procedure is bespoke to the needs and choices of each patient and is done to meet the clinic's best practices. Upon meeting the surgeon in person, you will have one last consultation. After discussing what you should expect from the surgical hair implant process, your surgeon will analyse your general health condition by performing physical body exams and blood tests.

Just as you get ready to have the transplant, the surgeon will administer a local anaesthetic to you. Because this hair transplant technique involves no incisions, the surgical team will move on to extract the hair follicles.

Hair removal

The surgeon will remove the hair follicles from the suitable hair-covered area called the donor area. This is done with a fine device with a diameter under or exactly 1mm.


With an implant device, the hair to be transplanted is directly embedded in the bald area. Doing this requires no holes or slits. For concerns about anxiety, your surgeon can prescribe sedatives you can take to feel more comfortable.


24 hours after completing the surgery, you should revisit the clinic for a follow-up. At this appointment, the surgeon will advise you on what to do to achieve optimal DHI hair transplant Turkey results. The guidelines are:

  • Avoid touching the treated area for 3 days following the operation.
  • A week after the hair transplant, you can start exercising (easy to moderate physical activities). However, don't lift heavy weights for 10 days.
  • 10 days after the transplant, you can wash the treated area using normal pressure to clear the treated area of any scabs and keep a neat scalp.
  • Keep yourself away from direct exposure to sunlight for a month. Treat this as critical for a recovery process that will be seamless.
  • You should not wear a helmet for 15 days post-surgery.
  • During the first month of recovery, don't use chemical products on your scalp; rather, you may use your surgeon-recommended products.
  • Post hair transplant, do not smoke or drink alcohol.

What to expect in a DHI transplant

  • One week following your surgery, you may notice some slight swelling and discomfort.
  • Two weeks following your surgical procedure, you may observe that the donor area and implanted area of your head are carrying red dots. This effect is completely normal and will fade in no time.
  • 3 weeks following your hair transplant via DHI, your new hair may fall out. This is a bit typical and should be looked out for.
  • 3 to 4 months post hair transplant, your new hair will to grow again. Full hair growth may be seen after 16 months.

What you should do pre-surgery

  • 1 week to the procedure, you need to discontinue the use of aspirin or other blood-thinning medications.
  • Tell your doctor about any drug allergies you have
  • Do not smoke a day to your surgery
  • Do not drink alcohol a day before your surgery. This is because alcoholic drinks have an impact on the anaesthetic.
  • Should you be on medications to treat serious conditions like heart disease and diabetes, please tell your surgeon before the surgery.

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Will I feel pain from a DHI procedure?

Report from reviews and patients who have had this procedure shows that it comes with zero pain, just a little discomfort. Post-surgery, patients may experience pain or tenderness. However, to help you deal with the discomfort, you may be given a prescription by your doctor.

Does scarring come from a DHI hair transplant?

Not at all. Both the donor and treated areas are free from scars after the surgery.

How is FUE different from DHI?

These procedures differ in how the extracted grafts are reimplanted on the bald area. While an FUE method will see the surgeon implant the hair manually, the DHI method involves a special device for hair reimplantation.