When it comes to hair transplants there are two dominant procedures that are most commonly performed: FUE hair transplants and FUT hair transplants. If you’ve been looking into hair transplant surgery for a while you’ve likely come across the two, and maybe already know a little about each. But there’s a newer kid on the block you may not be so familiar with: DHI.

DHI is fairly similar to FUE in its technique; however there are a few keen differences. We’re going to be putting the two next to one another and taking a good look, comparing and contrasting them and perhaps finding out which is the right one for you. We’ve also answered some of the most frequently asked questions on DHI hair transplant too, hopefully including anything that you’ve been wondering.

DHI and FUE: What they Are and How they Work

Over the past years FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) hair transplants have been gaining traction over the more traditional FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) technique, which harvests grafts of hair follicles from a small strip of skin removed from a donor site, typically on the back of the scalp. Conversely, FUE takes the grafts directly from the scalp, either one by one or in small groups of up to four, resulting in much less visible scarring and a much more natural looking finished product.

During the procedure, grafts typically consisting of one to four hairs will be removed individually from the donor site and stored over to one side in a special solution. Once all necessary hairs have been removed, your surgeon will open up canals for the hairs on the scalp, and the hairs will be implanted into them.

Patients start to notice the results of their FUE treatment around two to three months after the procedure. After it’s been around 6 months more significant growth will be noticeable, before the final results can be appreciated after around a year to a year and a half.

DHI (Direct Hair Implantation) hair transplant on the other hand is relatively new, and just like FUE it achieves incredible, natural results without causing any visible scarring.

There are a few differences though, and unlike with FUE, DHI hair transplant uses a special tool to remove each hair follicle one at a time, before they’re loaded into what’s known as a Choi implanter pen and directly implanted into the treatment area. Where your surgeon would need to create the canals in the scalp manually with an FUE hair transplant, with a DHI hair transplant the Choi implanter pen does it simultaneously as it implants the hairs. This ultimately allows for much more control and precision over the direction, angle, and depth of the new hairs, creating the most natural looking flow possible.

DHI procedures have more or less the same recovery times as FUE, with results first being noticeable after two to three months and the final results achieved after around a year to a year and a half.

The Main Differences

As you can see, the main differences between FUE and DHI hair transplant come from the way the grafts are implanted into the treatment area. While your surgeon will need to manually create the canals for the hair in FUE procedures, with DHI it’s done automatically as the Choi implanter pen inserts the hairs. This allows for much more precision and control—and potentially greater results.

There’s one extra benefit that DHI has over FUE too, which can be a game changer for many. While FUE (and FUT) hair transplants require the patient to shave their head, DHI enables your surgeon to perform the procedure without harming a hair on your head—literally.

How to Know Which is Right for You

Each procedure ultimately has their own raft of benefits, and different people will be better suited to different procedures. To definitively answer the question of whether FUE or DHI is best for you however, you’ll want to have a one on one consultation with your surgeon. There, he or she will be able to discuss your goals and desires, along with going over your medical history, and work with you to determine which procedure will be best suited to your circumstances.

In a broader sense though, most tend to recommend DHI hair transplant for those under 35. This is mainly due to the ways in which hair loss is typically not so advanced, and success rates are also higher. It’s also a good option for anyone looking to fill out their temples and lower their hairlines.

Ultimately one doesn’t boast any higher success rate than the other though, with them both enjoying a sturdy success rate around 95%.

DHI FAQs


Is DHI Hair Transplant a Safe Procedure?

Hair transplants in general have been a common procedure for over 80 years now, and not only have the techniques and methods improved and grown over that time, but so too has the safety aspect. As long as you’re being treated by a reputable, skilled, and experienced surgeon, there’s no reason you should have anything to fear. There are a couple of risks and complications associated with a DHI hair transplant, however there’s nothing too serious, and these are extremely rare.

Is DHI Hair Transplant Painful?

You’ll be provided with anaesthetic during your DHI hair transplant, so the only pain or discomfort you should feel is that of the anaesthetic needle.

Are Most DHI Hair Transplant Procedures Successful?

DHI hair transplant procedures enjoy a 95% success rate, making them an incredibly successful procedure.

Do DHI Results Look Natural?

As long as the procedure is performed by a skilled and experienced surgeon, the results of your DHI hair transplant will look completely natural. At the end of the day, it’s still your own real hair, and because the follicles have been implanted into the new location, they will continue to grow naturally as if they’d always been there.

What Should I Expect from the Healing Process?

The healing process after a DHI hair transplant isn’t much to worry about. While other hair transplant procedures like FUT have a lot of healing and scarring to contend with, DHI (and FUE too) don’t, and most can return to work or their day-to-day goings on the next day. You may feel some tightness at the front of your head and a dull ache around the back, but this should subside after a couple of days. Any swelling you experience should also subside after around 3 weeks.

Is It True that My Hair will Shed?

The first step of your hair’s regrowth will involve it first falling out. This is just the old dead hairs though and not the follicles, and after it’s been around 3 months you’ll notice your new hairs growing in. Once it’s been around a year to a year and a half, you should be appreciating the final results of your DHI hair transplant and enjoying a full head of hair.

Is DHI Hair Transplant Suitable for Women?

While most think of male pattern baldness, female pattern baldness is just as much a thing. As such, DHI hair transplant is absolutely suitable for any women experiencing hair loss too.