DHI Hair Transplant in TurkeyDHI or Direct Hair Implantation has become a widespread method in hair transplants due to its effectiveness and precision. Since it is done via a pen-like instrument, called the Choi Pen it is a more direct approach however it has its limitations. So the question remains: Why should you get a DHI hair transplant instead of FUE? What are the primary differences between these two methods of transplantations? And finally, why should you get a DHI Hair Transplant in Turkey? Keep on reading to delve deeper into DHI Hair Transplants!

What is DHI Hair Transplant?

DHI (Direct Hair Implantation) is when the hair follicles are extracted and implanted individually via an instrument called the Choi Pen. The implantation is more seamless and natural making the recovery time shorter than most hair transplants. The surgeon uses the Choi Pen, a cutting age technology from South Korea, to extract and implant hair follicles from the donor area to the recipient area with precision, that allows a smoother finish eliminating microchannel formation on the patient’s scalp. The procedure is a little more meticulous but the DHI Hair Transplant ensures a more natural looking result with higher density of hair

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Why should I have DHI hair transplant?

Even though it is dependent on the severity of hair loss and balding of the patient, DHI hair transplant is usually opted by those who want a natural finish with higher density hair usually. Since the extraction is direct from the donor area and done by one hair follicle at a time DHI is preferred by people who have textured hair like Afro hair. 

Since the results are a little more natural than other hair transplant methods you may want to opt for a DHI hair transplant. Since there is little to no scarring the recovery time is faster than a regular hair transplant that uses the FUE method and many people opt for this method because of its significantly shorter recovery time. 

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Can I have a DHI hair transplant without shaving?

The idea of shaving your hair may be a turn off when you are considering hair transplants. Most of these concerns are aesthetic, however when the mood of the patient is considered it becomes a major concern. Most people do not want to shave their hair as it will change their lifestyle significantly. DHI is a hair transplant method that does NOT require you to shave your hair. Since the technique uses a pen to extract hair follicles from the donor area to the recipient area there is no need to shave any pair of your hair. 

Top 5 Advantages of DHI Hair Transplant

DHI Hair transplant is popular amongst hair transplant patients for a reason. We can list the advantages of DHI Hair Transplant in 5 categories which are resulting in a higher density of hair, giving a natural look, leaving little to no visible scars, a reduced risk of infection to no open wounds and a faster recovery time than most hair transplant operations

1. Higher Density

All hair transplants are done to increase hair density and viability. Amongst the hair transplant procedures DHI is known to have the highest density results. Since there are no incisions, the hair that grows is more dense thus the effect of the procedure is more visible.

2. Natural Look

Just as it increases the density of hair volume, DHI hair transplant leaves a more natural look than most hair transplant procedures. Since each graft contains one hair follicle that is extracted from the donor area and immediately applied to the recipient area, the acclamation of the new hairline is much smoother thus leaving a more natural look. 

3. No Visible Scar

Since the operation does not require any incisions the DHI hair transplant leaves no visible scars. This may be different for other hair transplant methods but since the DHI hair transplant method uses the Choi Pen to extract and to implant the hair follicle there are no incisions made to the hairline.

4. Reduced Risk of Infection

Risk of infection is a possibility that gnaws at our minds no matter what kind of an operation we are undergoing. The hygienic circumstances of your operation as well as the expertise of the surgeon are factors that both affect the risk of infection however sometimes there are complications when there is a wound. Since the DHI hair transplant does not require incisions the surgery does not yield to any open wounds that carry the risk of an infection. 

5. Faster Recovery Time

The DHI hair transplant is a direct approach to hair transplant procedures as it is up to the surgeon to implement each hair follicle one by one. And since it is the surgeon that decides on the angles and the depths the desired effect can be achieved with a single move. The lesser the amount of implantation; faster the recovery of said action. That is why recovery to a natural looking hairline and hair density after a DHI hair transplant is faster.

What are the differences between DHI and FUE hair transplants?

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As hair transplants are becoming  widespread more and more methods of procedures and treatments come into the medical sphere. FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) hair transplant brings innovations to this trustworthy technique. As the sector changes and adapts to the needs of the incoming and ever growing population of patients, new methods and techniques seem to dominate the hair transplant industry.

 It is easy to get lost in all the information coming out about new techniques. Do not fret, we have compiled a list of similarities and differences between DHI and FUE hair transplants based on categories for you to keep in mind when comparing the two.


Cost: As the DHI is a newer and more delicate procedure it usually costs more than FUE. These prices also depend on the type of blades used in the FUE transplants. At Vantage Hair we use Sapphire blades for our FUE hair transplants which is not only the cutting edge trend in current hair transplants but they also cost more than regular FUE blades. Depending on your surgeon’s recommendation we usually offer a fixed price for both techniques ensuring the prioritization of our patient’s contentment. 


Extraction: In both techniques hair follicles are individually removed from the donor area to be implemented to the recipient area determined prior to the operation by your surgeon. 


Implantation: In the DHI method the extracted graphs are implemented in singular follicular units using the Choi Pen. The FUE method is significantly different. In the FUE method extracted follicle units are put into grafts that contain more than 2 units. When they are going to be transplanted small incisions are made to the scalp in order to ensure viability of the graft. The grafts are placed individually by creating micro-channels across the scalp via incisions. 


Density: The DHI method is great for patients that need higher density in smaller areas as the implantation is done in single follicles. This makes the operation longer and that is why for patients that need more than 4000 grafts are not recommended for the DHI. With FUE a larger balding area can be covered and up to 6000 hair grafts can be implemented.


Shaving: The DHI method does NOT require shaving prior to the surgery. Most FUE operations also may not require a full shave of the hair style, some surgeons will recommend the patient to fade parts of their hair to suit their daily lifestyle. This depends largely on the density of the donor area and the recipient area’s new look. Consult your doctor for the specifics when opting for FUE hair transplant.


Results: As the operated area may be smaller than a FUE transplant the recovery period for the DHI is shorter. Following this vein since the DHI is transplanted in a single stroke the result of the surgery may be more seamless and natural than a FUE transplant. However it should be noted that the FUE is more suitable for patients that need a larger number of grafts to cover a bigger area.

Is DHI better than FUE?

As both techniques have their own advantages a comparison between the two realistically depends on the patient’s current hair diagnosis. If you do not want to shave your hair, looking for a shorter recovery time with no visible scars and are in need of a more natural looking density in a certain part of your hair then yes DHI hair transplant might be the better option for you. Do not forget to consult your doctor for a more accurate diagnosis.

What are the basic steps of DHI hair transplantation?

How Does DHI Hair Transplant Work?

When it comes down to it the DHI Hair transplant is a meticulous but simple procedure. The steps that the surgeon follows are simple but since the extraction and implantation of the hair follicles are done one by one without an incision it requires precision.


Here are the basic steps of DHI hair transplantation:


  1. Your doctor nominates the donor area and the target area.
  2. A painless local anesthesia is applied to both the donor and the target area.
  3. The hair follicles are extracted one by one via the Choi Pen.
  4. As the hair is extracted it is implanted to the target area directly.
  5. Your doctor will repeat this process until the desired number of grafts are achieved. 
  6. And that’s it onward you go to the recovery period which unlike other hair transplants is shorter.


How much does it cost to have a DHI Hair Transplant?

As the DHI is a more meticulous technique it may be a bit more expensive than a regular FUE. However depending on the type of FUE the prices may be similar. Make sure to contact your clinic for their specific prices.

DHI Hair transplants cost somewhere between 2500 USD to 4500 USD depending on the clinics prices, the area covered and the number of grafts settled for the operation. However you will find that like many other hair transplant and treatment procedures prices can be more budget friendly in Turkey.

What are the prices of DHI Hair Transplant in Turkey?

IAs the world leading country for hair treatments and transplant procedures Turkey has more budget friendly options when it comes down to DHI hair transplant. In Turkey the average cost of DHI is somewhere between 1500 USD to 3500 USD. However each clinic offers varying services and has different prices. At Vantage Hair we pride ourselves in offering a fixed price for our patients. This means whichever method of procedure is chosen our prices are fixed by packages determined prehand that include different levels of services. Check out our hair transplant packages or reach out to us directly to learn more about our prices. 

How many grafts should I have so that I can have a DHI hair transplant?

Since the DHI hair transplant technique is based on extracting and transplanting a single follicular unit one by one, patient’s with smaller balding areas are recommended to pursue it. Usually patients that are looking for less than 4000 grafts are eligible for a DHI transplant. If the patient’s hair has large areas of baldness the patient may not be eligible for a DHI transplant. There are other cases where the DHI method may not be. If the scalp is severely damaged due to prior trauma the DHI hair transplant may not be an option due to the criticality of the patient’s hair viability. 

Is DHI hair transplantation permanent or what is the graft survival rate?

Usually the hair graft success rate is somewhere between 65-85% depending on the viability of the hair and the condition of the scalp. However the DHI hair transplant has been proven to be 90% successful, further advocating its popularity amongst hair transplant patients. 

DHI Hair Transplant Before After Photos 

Here are some DHI Hair Transplant Before and After photos from our clinic. You can also head over to the reviews to see what our patients had to say about their experience with us. 

FAQs About DHI Hair Transplant 

Which is better, DHI or Sapphire FUE?

When it comes down to which one is better, the Sapphire FUE or a DHI the answers are mixed. Firstly if the DHI checks all of your boxes about the future and that you do not need to cover a large bolding section in your scalp, then DHI might be the better option with its competitive recovery time. However with the Sapphire FUE technique, the patient is viable to a higher number of grafts. With the FUE technique small incisions need to be made to the scalp of the patient sacrificing the popularity of the operation. That is why some people believe that the DHI is better than the FUE. 

How many grafts can you do with the DHI hair transplant?

As the DHI hair transplant is carried out one by one for each extracted hair follicle there is a limit to the number of grafts you can do. Usually the maximum number of grafts for a DHI hair transplant is 4000 grafts. In your consultation your doctor will inform you of your viability depending on the density of your desired hair transplant.

Does DHI damage existing hair?

One of the best qualities of the DHI hair transplant is the fact that it doesn’t require shaving. As the procedure is very straightforward it is safe to say that the DHI does not damage your hair. So not only will you get to keep your hair with no damage but you will also experience a rapid growth of hair in the next 2-3 months. 

Does DHI heal faster?

The healing process of a hair transplant is different for each patient. However, the DHI hair transplant is known for its speedy hair recovery. This is due to the fact that the procedure involves no incisions to the scalp when implanting. 

Can DHI hair transplant fail?

Like all surgical operations hair transplant can also fail. This is not only about the viability of the patient’s hair but also dependent on the doctor’s methods and aftercare. However, amongst hair transplants DHI has been known to be very effective with more than 90% success rate. 

What are the disadvantages of DHI?

There are not a lot of disadvantages when it comes to the DHI. However as only a limited number of grafts are viable with this method, it makes the surgery inaccessible for some patients. Consult your doctor on whether the DHI is a viable method for your specific hairline needs.

What is DHI Choi Pen and why is it used?

One of the most common questions that pop up when researching the DHI hair transplant is: What is the Choi Pen? Choi Pen takes its name from Doctor Cho, who invented it back in 1992 in Kyongpook University in Seoul. It is a pencil-like device that has a tiny needle tip. The pen is able to both extract and implant hair follicles directly from the source. 

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