Hair transplantation is gaining more and more popularity. And in the matter, there are a plurality of methods among which the FUE technique and the DHI method. The patient is invited to make a choice taking into account his means and the expected results. While there is a plethora of information online about these hair transplant techniques, few provide real concrete information on their differentiation. This is exactly what it is about here! FUE method? Or DHI?
The FUE technique: what is it?
The FUE technique is the most popular hair transplant method in recent years. Unlike the classic follicular unit transplantation method, the FUE technique consists of proceed directly to an extraction of grafts on the patient’s scalp, and this without visible scars, but with totally natural and flawless results.
On the occasion of an FUE hair transplant, extraction of grafts in groups of 1 to 4 follicles, is performed from the scalp of the person. Once the extraction is successful, the doctor proceeds to open the pores or channels by means of notches made by micro-blades. The grafts are then removed from the preservation solution to be implanted in the recipient areas.
About two months after applying the FUE technique, the first hair regrowth may already be visible on the patient’s head. However, it will take about six months to see considerable hair regrowth, and no visible scars. Between the period of the twelfth and eighteenth month after the transplant operation, the results are definitely visible and the doctor can see the success of his operation.
What does the DHI method cover?
The DHI method (direct hair implantation) is, like the FUE, a relatively new process which also leaves no visible scar on the patient. But there are some differences between DHI and the FUE technique, especially in the process of extracting the grafts.
First of all, the extraction of the hair follicles is done one by one and gradually using a precision device less than a millimeter in diameter. Once the hair follicles have been removed, they are stored in an implanter stylet which allows them to be implanted directly into the capillary receptors. Unlike the FUE method, here, the extraction of the follicles and their implantation is done at the same time.
The implanter stylet allows the professional to implant follicles with remarkable precision. Among other things, it helps to better control the direction and angle of the implants. Like the FUE technique, it is also necessary to wait between 12 and 18 months to see the real results of the operation.
Between FUE and DHI: what to choose?
While in the DHI method the operation can be carried out with extreme precision, this is nothing compared to what the FUE method can offer. Indeed, there are different types of FUE:
– the robotic method: even if it is much more expensive than the others, the robotic FUE offers state-of-the-art precision. Indeed, the surgical operation is assisted here by a computer or a specialized robot. The robotic FUE technique also offers remarkable performance in terms of harvesting grafts (nearly 900 per hour);
– the mechanical method: it allows, like DHI, to collect and reimplant at the same time, the different grafts taken. This method, like the previous one, also offers a better operating time;
– the manual method: against all expectations, it is the preferred of all the methods. Even though it takes a long time to operate, the results are still encouraging, with almost invisible scars.
In short, between the DHI method and the FUE technique, the method that offers the most guarantee of success of the transplant operation remains the FUE.
It should also be noted that the FUE method is suitable for all hair types and admits both chest hair and beard hair in the transplantation process. In terms of cost, the FUE technique is also much cheaper without the results being there.