DHI and FUE: Hair Transplant Procedures Explained

If you are considering a hair transplant procedure, you have probably come across a series of different techniques during your research.

In this article, we will define and compare two of the most innovative and popular hair transplant procedures: FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) and DHI (Direct Hair Implantation).

What is an FUE hair transplant?

FUE hair transplant surgery has gained in popularity over the last decade. Unlike the classic technique, FUT (or Follicular Unit Transplantation), in which a strip of skin is removed to harvest the grafts, FUE extracts the grafts directly from the scalp. As a consequence, FUE does not leave such visible scarring and ensures natural-looking results.


During an FUE hair transplant, the surgeon manually extracts each follicle one at a time and places them into a storage solution. Once extraction is complete, the surgeon will open the canals using microblades. These are the holes or slits where the grafts are implanted.

Grafts are then taken out of the solution and implanted into the recipient area.

First results are visible after 6 months, while you can expect full hair regrowth around 12 to 18 months after the procedure.

What is DHI?

DHI stands for Direct Hair Implantation. This is a relatively new procedure and just like FUE, it leaves no visible scars and results look natural. While the graft extraction process is similar to FUE, there are a few differences worth noting.


For the first step, hair follicles are extracted one by one using a specific tool with a diameter of 1mm or less. The hair follicles are then loaded into an implanter tool, also known as a Choi Implanter Pen, and implanted directly into the recipient area. With DHI, the creation of the canals and implantation happen simultaneously.

Recovery time is similar to FUE and full results are visible 12 to 18 months after the procedure.

What is the difference between DHI and FUE?

The main difference between FUE and DHI is the way grafts are implanted into the recipient area.

During FUE, the canals need to be opened prior to implantation and the surgeon manually implants the extracted grafts.

During DHI, a specific implanter tool (also known as a Choi Implanter Pen) is used. This allows the implantation to happen right after extraction, without the need to first create the canals for the grafts.

Is DHI right for you?

We asked one of our partner hair transplant specialist, Dr. Emrah Cinik, to give us a few indications on the eligibility for DHI.

“DHI is typically recommended for patients who are younger than 35 because in these cases hair loss is not very advanced and success rates are higher”, says Dr. Cinik. “DHI is a good option for those who want to lower their hairlines and fill up their temples. The maximum number of grafts we implant with DHI is 4000.”

About success rates, there is virtually no difference: “Both FUE and DHI’s success rate is up to 95%”.

Keep in mind that the maximum number of recommended grafts can vary a bit by clinic and also depending on the extent of hair loss and strength of your donor area.

Interested in FUE or DHI? Talk to us! You can schedule a consultation with one of our Health Managers who will help you assess what hair transplant treatment is right for you. Schedule your free consultation here.

We partner only with qualified, accredited and high-profile clinics and doctors. For more information or a free, non-binding quote, contact us anytime.

Here’s the list of our high-quality partner clinics performing DHI:

You can find the complete list of our partner clinics performing FUE here.

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The information in this article is for educational purposes only and does not replace medical advice. Always consult your doctor before starting any treatments.

About the author

Coree Howard, Content Writer

Coree has worked in international development, travel, and trained as a Health Coach. First as a Health Manager and now a content writer, her time on the front lines working with patients helped her understand their needs and what information they want when looking for the best healthcare options.

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