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DHI vs. FUE – What’s The Difference?

Dr. Baykal Oymak on May 31, 2023 0 Comments

_What’s The Difference Between DHI and FUE Hair Transplant Technique

The main difference between DHI (Direct Hair Implantation) and FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) hair transplant procedures lies in the method of graft implantation in the recipient area. While both hair transplant techniques involve the extraction of hair follicles from the donor area, the process of implanting those follicles differs.

What’s the difference between DHI and FUE?

FUE Hair Transplant Procedure

FUE hair transplant is a widely used and popular technique for hair restoration. The procedure entails the extraction of individual hair follicles from the donor area through the use of either micromotor or manual punches. These punches create small incisions in the scalp, allowing for the extraction of follicles with the help of forceps. The extracted follicles are then prepared for implantation.

In the FUE technique, there are different variations in the method of follicular implantation. One common approach is to create recipient sites or channels in the recipient area using tiny incisions or blades. The extracted follicles are then placed individually into these pre-made channels using forceps. Finally, the surgeon manually implants the grafts individually, ensuring proper placement and direction.

DHI Hair Transplant Procedure

DHI hair transplant, on the other hand, is an advanced variant of the FUE technique. The key distinction with DHI is using a specialized implantation tool called the Choi Implanter Pen. This hair transplant method eliminates the need to create channels or recipient sites in the recipient area.

After extracting the follicles from the donor area during the DHI procedure, they are immediately loaded into the Choi Implanter Pen. The pen has a hollow needle-like tip that allows for precise control and placement of the grafts. The surgeon then directly implants the grafts into the recipient area using the pen without requiring pre-made channels.

The Choi Implanter Pen protects the follicle during implantation, ensuring minimal trauma and damage. In addition, the follicles are placed at the correct angle, depth, and direction, mimicking the natural hair growth pattern. This precise implantation process contributes to a high survival rate for the transplanted follicles.

DHI and FUE: Which is better?

The DHI hair transplant technique offers several advantages compared to traditional FUE:


Higher graft survival rate

With DHI hair transplant, the follicles are protected throughout the implantation process, resulting in a survival rate of up to 99%. In FUE hair transplant, the graft survival rate can vary but generally ranges from 90% to 95%.


No need for pre-made channels

DHI eliminates the step of creating recipient sites or channels in the recipient area. This reduces trauma, bleeding, and the risk of damaging existing hair follicles.


Precise placement and natural results

The Choi Implanter Pen allows precise control over graft implantation’s angle, depth, and direction. This ensures a natural-looking hairline and overall aesthetic outcome.


Faster recovery

DHI generally has a quicker postoperative recovery than FUE. The reduced trauma and minimal bleeding during implantation contribute to speedier healing.


Possibility of higher density

DHI enables a closer distance between follicular units during implantation, potentially resulting in a higher hair density per square centimeter.

It’s important to note that both DHI and FUE hair transplant techniques have their merits, and the choice between them depends on various factors, such as the patient’s specific needs, hair characteristics, and the surgeon’s expertise. 

Can’t decide between DHI and FUE?

At HairBack Clinic, we understand that choosing between DHI and FUE hair transplant techniques can be a difficult decision. That’s why we are here to assure you that, regardless of which method you prefer, our hair transplant clinic in Turkey can accommodate all your hair transplant needs.

If you opt for FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction), our experienced team of surgeons excels in this hair transplant technique. With precision and care, we extract individual hair follicles from the donor area using either micromotor or manual punches.

Our advanced tools and expertise ensure minimal scarring, faster recovery, and natural-looking results. With FUE at HairBack Clinic, you can trust that you’re in the hands of professionals who will deliver excellent outcomes tailored to your specific hair restoration goals.

Alternatively, if you choose DHI (Direct Hair Implantation), we have hair transplant specialists who are well-versed in this innovative technique as well. At HairBack Clinic, our experts will meticulously perform DHI to ensure your satisfaction and provide you with the best possible outcome.

Whether you choose FUE or DHI, HairBack Clinic is your trusted partner in your hair restoration journey. Our mission is to help you regain your confidence and achieve a fuller head of hair. Contact us today to schedule a consultation, and let us guide you toward the best hair transplant solution that meets your specific needs and desires. 

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