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Treatment guide

Direct Hair Implantation (DHI)

Direct hair implantation, or DHI, is a popular hair transplant technique for those looking to restore lost hair. Hair loss can be a sensitive subject for many of us, with attempts to stop it or slow it down often feeling pointless. Thankfully, hair transplantation has come a long way in recent years, with new, minimally-invasive techniques that have left the days of unnatural looking grafts long behind. Despite this, choosing to undergo a DHI hair transplant is still a significant decision. Qunomedical is here to help with this. Our 100% free service will provide you with information on the treatment and help you to find high-quality, affordable clinic options, at home and abroad.

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Direct Hair Implantation Quick Details

WHO IS THIS FOR

  • Men and women with a receding hairline.

  • Individuals with traction alopecia.

  • Individuals with partial baldness.

TREATMENT DURATION

  • Direct hair implantation usually takes between 4–8 hours depending on the amount of hair implantation that’s needed.

  • If you choose to have your DHI hair transplant abroad, then you should plan to be away from home for a couple of days.

RECOVERY TIME

  • Around two weeks following surgery, you may experience some redness, tenderness and swelling. This should die down approximately 2–3 weeks after treatment.

  • You can typically resume light actitivities after two days and return to work after three days.

  • Around one month after treatment, you can resume exercising, including swimming.

  • Soft hats can be worn after 10 days, but hard hats should only be worn four weeks after treatment.

SUCCESS

  • 90–95% of DHI hair transplants are deemed successful.

  • Full results are typically visible after 12–18 months.

POTENTIAL RISKS & SIDE EFFECTS

  • Pain

  • Bleeding

  • Infection

  • Swelling

ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS

How Much Does a DHI Hair Transplant Cost?

Direct hair implantation costs can vary from case to case and — as previously mentioned — the price is often dependent on location. Therefore, it’s important to consider all options when it comes to planning and booking your treatment. Check out our hair transplant cost guide for more detailed information on pricing.

Quno Price

Below, we’ve laid out the price ranges for direct hair implantation at Qunomedical approved clinics.

Below are starting prices for direct hair implantation across different countries.

CountryPrice (EUR)
Mexico€1,500
Turkey€1,890
Greece€ 2,000
United Kingdom€ 5,550

What Is a DHI Hair Transplant?

Direct hair implantation is an innovative hair transplant technique that involves the transplantation and implantation of hair follicles. The extracted and implanted hair follicles grow in groups of 1-4 hairs and these are commonly referred to as grafts. Your surgeon will take a graft from a donor site, usually the back or side of your head, and implant it into a recipient area, the bald or thinning part. This differs from other hair transplant procedures in the way that the grafts are implemented. During DHI surgery, the specialist tools allow the implantation stage to happen right after extraction, without the need to first create the canals for the grafts. In other transplant procedures, such as FUE, the canals need to be opened prior to implantation, to allow for the extracted grafts to be implanted manually. Similarly to these other procedures though, direct hair implantation is minimally-invasive and produces a natural look with little scarring.

How Does It Work?

Simply put, this technique involves taking hair follicles from one part of your head and implanting them into another part. This sounds pretty complicated, but it’s actually simpler than you might think. So, how does it work exactly?

1. Initial Consultation

Before getting started with the treatment, we’d first like to get to know you! It’s important for us and for your chosen doctor to see your hair loss, in order to gauge your eligibility for the procedure. To do this, we ask that you send us some pictures of your head from the top, front, left, right, and back. Once you’ve done this, one of our Patient Managers will be in touch to discuss the next steps. We’ll also take time to go through some routine general health questions around:

  • Any existing medical conditions you may have.

  • Any regular medication you take.

  • Your hair loss timeline.

  • Your family’s history of hair loss.

These initial consultations will help your doctor to determine the root cause of your hair loss, to ensure that the DHI hair transplant is carried out in the best possible way.

2. Medical Tests and Checks

Following on from your initial consultation your doctor will carry out a few routine blood tests to ensure that you’re in good health to start the procedure.

3. Anesthesia and Extraction

Before your surgery begins, you’ll receive local anesthesia which will numb the area of your head that your doctor will work on. Upon special request, general anesthesia can be administered instead if you’d prefer to be completely asleep for the surgery, however, this is something that should be discussed with both a Patient Manager and your doctor prior to the treatment. Once the anesthesia has been administered, your doctor will begin by extracting the hair follicles manually using a special tool that has a diameter of 1mm or less, depending on the patient.

4. Implantation

Once the follicles have been extracted they’re then loaded into an implanter tool, known as a Choi Implanter Pen. This specialist tool allows the follicles to be directly implanted into the recipient area of your head. It also gives your doctor more control over the angle, direction, and depth of the hair transplantation, allowing for a more natural look overall.

5. Post-Op Consultation

After your surgery, you’ll have a post-op consultation with your doctor, in which they can explain any aftercare procedures, clear any doubts, and answer any of your questions. It’s also common to receive a post-op package containing all the necessary shampoos or medication that may be needed following the treatment.

What Should I Expect From My DHI Hair Transplant?

After you’ve undergone direct hair implantation, you should begin to gradually notice new hair growth in the area that was previously bald or thinning. To help give you an understanding of what to expect when we’ve outlined a brief timeline. However, for more detailed information on this, check out our post-op hair transplant guide.

The First Couple of Weeks

Following your DHI hair transplant, your head might be a little red, sore, and tender. This should ease off fairly quickly though and is usually gone by the end of the second week after the transplant.

2 Months Post-Treatment

Between weeks 2–8 it’s likely that you’ll experience what’s known as shock loss, wherein most of the transplanted hair begins to fall out. If this happens, don’t panic ! It’s completely normal — occurring in around 95% of hair transplant cases — and is simply a transient reaction to the treatment. Your transplanted hair will recover and begin to grow back in the following weeks and months.

2–6 Months Post-Treatment

Hair growth may be fairly slow during this time. By the sixth month, most patients notice that around 20%–25% of their transplanted hair has begun to grow.

6–12 Months Post-Treatment

Typical growth between months six and nine is around 75%. Alongside this, the transplanted hair usually begins to gain in thickness and density. Nine months after your DHI hair transplant should be the time when the remaining 25% of your transplanted hair begins to grow. However, bear in mind that it may take up to 18 months for the full and final results to appear.

Direct Hair Implantation: Abroad or at Home?

With Qunomedical, you have the opportunity to choose from high-quality DHI hair transplant clinics abroad, and at home. This worldwide choice allows you to make decisions based on criteria that matter to you. When it comes to hair transplants, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach, therefore it’s important that you’re able to find a doctor that suits your needs, priorities, and concerns. In recent years, it’s become a lot more common for patients to travel abroad for treatment, thanks largely to accessibility to affordable, yet still high-quality, clinics and doctors. One of the most popular destinations for this type of hair transplantation surgery is Turkey. DHI hair transplant clinics in Turkey are home to a number of renowned surgeons and — thanks to lower living and labour costs — the average prices for treatment are much lower compared to places like the US or UK. Average prices in Turkey start at around €1700, whereas in the UK, prices start from €5540. For those who choose to have their DHI hair transplant abroad, we offer treatment packages that include all of your treatment priorities, accommodation for all travelers, ground transfers so you never get lost, and assistance with flights. All of our packages can be tailored to your specific needs.

Popular Clinics and Doctors

Interested in finding out about the clinics and people involved in this treatment? Then have a look at our list of direct hair implantation clinics where you can get to know each one, compare prices, and read real reviews. At Qunomedical, we also give you the opportunity to compare specific doctor profiles. Dr. Emrah Cinik, MD, for example, is a leading figure within the hair transplant industry. Based in Turkey, Dr. Cinik has been practicing since 2002, during which he has performed over 1000 hair transplant surgeries.

Why Choose Qunomedical?

Qunomedical’s 100% free, patient first service has been passionately built on the goal to open up affordable, high-quality healthcare to all. Regardless of your background, our team will work hard to find you the treatment that you are looking for, at a price that works for you. And low prices don’t have to mean low quality. All of the clinics and doctors that we will discuss with you have been thoroughly and professionally vetted, so you can rest assured knowing that you’ll be receiving high-quality care. Abroad or at home, one of our Patient Managers will be available to help you throughout your DHI hair transplant journey via email, telephone, WhatsApp, or Facebook Messenger.

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William B., Mexico

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I am a new person thanks to them

Very happy with the hair transplant treatment I underwent at DHI. I was treated excellent and wow I am a new person thanks to them.

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Gal S., Israel

April 16, 2019

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Don't think twice!

I waited 12 months to write this review, so that I could actually comment on my experience as well as my results, and I can say that both are AMAZING! I went to DHI Tijuana for the first time in early 2018 after a friend recommended that place to me and after trying everything (and I mean every non invasive hair treatment I could find). Needless to say, none of these had worked. After my initial consultation in DHI Mexico, I left feeling very confident about what the team there explained, as... Show more

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