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), grafts are extracted and implanted one at a time, and no strip of skin is removed. As a consequence, FUE does not leave any 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 for the grafts to be implanted.

Grafts are taken out of the solution and implanted into the recipient area using microblades and fine needles.

First results are visible after 6 months, while you can expect full hair regrowth around 12 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 implanted directly into the recipient area using an implanter tool, also known as Choi Implanter Pen. With DHI, no holes or slits are created before the implantation.

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

What is the difference between DHI and FUE?

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

While during FUE the surgeon manually implants the extracted grafts, with DHI a specific implanter tool (also known as Choi Implanter Pen) is used. Moreover, FUE requires canal opening prior to implantation. DHI allows the implantation to happen right after extraction, without the need to create holes or slits for the grafts to be implanted.

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 as the maximum number of grafts recommended with DHI is 2500.” About success rates, there is virtually no difference: “Both FUE and DHI’s success rate is up to 95%”.

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.

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About the author

Coree Howard, Health Manager

Coree has worked in international development, travel, and trained as a Health Coach. As a Health Manager, she's on the front lines working with patients to understand their needs and help them navigate finding their best healthcare options.


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