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DHI vs FUE: What's the Difference Between FUE and DHI Hair Transplant?


August 4, 2023

DHI and FUE are both equally effective hair transplant methods for treating female and male hair loss. Este Turkey offers FUE and DHI hair transplant procedures for all genders at our Istanbul hair loss clinic. 

FUE vs DHI: The Basics 

Let’s talk about how FUE and DHI are a little bit different. 

FUE stands for follicular unit extraction — which basically describes how the procedure works — during a FUE hair restoration procedure each hair follicle is extracted from the donor area and surgically moved individually by hand, one by one to the treatment area, where they are surgically implanted by hand into the scalp. 

DHI stands for direct hair implantation — the restoration process of DHI is basically a modification of the FUE hair transplant method. What is different with DHI hair surgery is the use of a specialized medical device shaped like a pen (i.e., Choi pen or implant pen) during the hair transplant. The pen-like medical device is used to harvest hair grafts or hair follicles from the donor area on the scalp, and then implant the grafts one by one into the treatment area. 

The key difference between DHI Choi vs FUE is the method in which the hair follicle is extracted and implanted during a hair transplant surgery

Sapphire FUE vs DHI: Which Is More Common? 

The FUE method of hair restoration came before the DHI method, which is still relatively new by comparison. There are arguments that DHI is better than FUE, but there has not been extensive clinical research to support DHI being superior to FUE. Both FUE and DHI are considered very advanced and effective methods of hair extraction and hair implantation. And both DHI and FUE have a high success rate

Before the follicular unit extraction (FUE) method, hair transplant surgeons tended to use the hair strip restoration technique (i.e., follicular unit transplantation or FUT). The FUT method is not as common these days, as it is not considered as advanced as the FUE and DHI methods of hair transplantation. The hair strip restoration technique, which is not as common anymore, has fallen out of popularity because FUT can leave linear scarring on the scalp. 

With modern hair restoration technology, DHI and FUE are the most popular and commonly used hair restoration methods for hair loss. 

With the Sapphire FUE hair transplant surgical blade, individual hair follicles (e.g., FUE hair grafts) can be placed more naturally and with greater precision. A big advantage with the FUE method is it leaves minimal scarring unlike the hair strip restoration technique. Sapphire FUE is an ideal hair loss method for people with limited donor hair, as the follicles or hair grafts can be taken from other areas of the scalp or body. 

If you would like to discuss having a Sapphire follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplant in Turkey at our Istanbul hair loss medical clinic, then send us a message through our website to book an Este Turkey FUE consultation

Here are links to our FUE hair transplant treatments for women and men:

DHI Method vs FUE: What's the Difference? 

As mentioned above, there is not a huge difference between the FUE method and the DHI hair transplant method. The main difference is how hair grafts are implanted into the treatment area of the scalp. 

With the manual FUE method a small incision is made into the scalp before implanting hair follicles. With the DHI method a Choi implant pen can extract and implant at the same time.  

Two other noteworthy differences are during a DHI hair transplant the whole head may not need to be shaved, unlike with FUE. And that the DHI method can sometimes take longer than FUE hair transplant surgery.  

Both FUE and DHI are proven and effective hair transplant methods with a high success rate

These are the most commonly cited advantages to using the hair transplant DHI method: 

  • Better suited to younger people with less severe hair loss 
  • Better hair density regrowth
  • Ideal for smaller areas of hair loss
  • Faster healing and recovery
  • Fewer side effects
  • Less traumatic 
  • Less invasive 

However, due to the specialized tools and equipment used during DHI hair restoration surgery, it can tend to be a little more expensive than FUE. In addition, the amount of hair grafts transplanted using the DHI method might be limited. 

That said, most hair loss clinics charge based on the number of hair grafts that are transplanted. In general, the cost of DHI and FUE hair transplants can vary depending on several factors.  

If you have questions about Este Medical Turkey FUE and DHI hair transplant treatment pricing, then send us a message through our website. We will be happy to discuss your hair restoration expectations and questions around pricing. 

DHI vs FUE Results 

Both DHI and FUE involve precision surgery and highly skilled surgeons. These methods will result in natural looking hair growth. FUE and DHI are both effective in restoring hair growth, and results should last for your lifetime. 

If you are interested in restoring your female or male hair loss, and are looking for the best hair transplant provider, then consult our guide on: How to Choose a Hair Transplant Clinic in Turkey

Este Medical in Turkey has been awarded Turkey's #1 Hair Transplant Clinic! We have glowing client testimonials and a 5-star rating on Trustpilot for our hair loss treatments in Istanbul, Turkey.   

Let Este Medical Help You Restore Your Hair Loss 

If you are experiencing either female hair loss or male hair loss Este Medical Group has proven hair treatments to help you restore your hair! 

For the best long-term results we recommend a hair transplant consultation to determine whether a Turkey FUE hair transplant or a DHI Choi pen hair transplant is better suited to your type of hair loss. 

We look forward to seeing you in Istanbul!

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