Which hair transplant technique is the best?

August 22nd, 2019 by

Which hair transplant technique is the best?

They say, very soon hair loss or baldness won’t be a reason to worry at all. This happens as the cure — a hair transplant — becomes affordable and widely used.
In 2017, the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery reported that around 1,838,000 people had hair restoration surgeries per year. And the demand for transplants has been still increasing.

Let’s consider the 3 most popular hair transplant methods: DHU, FUE, FUT, so you can choose the most relevant just for you.

DHI method — the latest hair transplant trend

DHI is for direct hair transplant, which is performed with an implanter pen called Choi.

A surgeon takes hair bulbs out of the donor zone. Typically, 1 hair bulb consists of 1-3 hairs. The Choi pen is that thin so can separate these hairs from the lamp. The surgeon transmits hairs with an enclosure into the skin.

The method allows transplanting up to 200 hairs to 1cm² of a donor zone.

Timings:

Typically, hair transplant specialists give the following prognosis:

  • The same/next day, you can return to your life.
  • On the 15-20th day after surgery, the transplanted hairs start to fall. You shouldn’t worry, it’s a typical reaction of your body, they say.
  • In 90 days — you will see the transplanted hair grow again.
  • In 180 days — transplanted hair will cover 60-70% of the bald area.
  • In 360 days — 99% of your bald zone will be covered with new hair.

Where to go? 

  • Istanbul Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Center
  • Now Hair Time
  • Transes Hair

All these hospitals are located in Istanbul, Turkey.
(Resource: Best DHI hair transplantation clinics — Bookimed, a platform for hospitals & doctors search.)

Costs:

The average price is $2,200.

Pros:

  • The method leaves no scars or seams.
  • It doesn’t require head-shaving before the procedure.
  • Taken grafts remain shorter time period outside the body — and as a result, improved the survival rate of up to 95%.
  • Speed recovery.

Cons:

  • Higher price in comparison with FUE&FUT.
  • The DHI procedure can take over 10 hours or even a couple of days as requires more surgeon’s manipulations.

FUE method — the tried-and-true manner

FUE is for follicular unit extraction, the most frequently used technique for now.

A hair transplant specialist prepares you to the procedure. He/she shaves your head and numbs it with local anesthesia. Then your hair transplant expert extracts follicles from the donor zone and sorts into grafts containing 1-3 hairs each.

These grafts will be harvested in the place suffered from hair loss. The doctor makes tiny incisions in the skin — these are special tunnels for the grafting material. Finally, the doctor manually plants the grafts into tunnels with micro tweezers.

Timings:

  • In 2-3 days — you can return to work.
  • In 14-21 days — the implanted hair begin to fall down.
  • In 60-90 days — the transplanted hair starts to grow.
  • In 360 days — the final result will be achieved.

Where to go?

  • Adem&Havva Center
  • Estetik International Clinic
  • Istanbul Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Center

All clinics are based in Istanbul, Turkey.

Costs:

On average, you’ll pay around $1,900 for FUE in these clinics.

Pros:

  • Speed recovery
  • Cheaper than DHI
  • Painless
  • Leaves small traces which are invisible for an eye
  • Fast procedure — the whole process can take around 3-8 hours according to baldness severity.

Cons:

  • Requires shaving
  • Higher price in comparison with FUT hair transplant.

FUT method — first but outgoing

FUT is for follicular unit/strip transplant, which is considered as a classic one, but applied rarely lately.
A hair transplant expert removes the skin strip with hair, separates it to the grafts and moves to the recipient zone with a scalpel.

Timings:

  • 28-36 days — the recovery period. In some cases, it can reach up to 3 months.
  • In 90 days — first results are noticeable.
  • In 150 days — harvested hair start falling down.
  • In 310-360 days — the grafted hair is grown completely.

Where to go?

  • AEK Hair Center (Turkey)
  • Anastasakis Hair Clinic (Greece)
  • Advanced Hair Clinics (Greece).

Costs:

  • The price varies between $1,700 in Turkey and $2,200 in Greece.

Pros:

  • The fastest process — takes only 3-4 hours.
  • The lowest price (if to compare Turkish clinics).

Cons:

  • A scalpel leaves linear scars.
  • Long recovery period.
  • Can pe painless.

Specialists who want to supply the demand of men and women wishing to return their hair invent new methods, compete with offers, and fight for clients. By 2023, the market share is expected to grow by 24%. At the moment, new options like ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplantation, Sapphire HT, Hair Stem Cell Plantation, and others are available.

The most important thing is to find the one will work for you. Each hair restoration treatment has pluses/minuses, so weigh up the pros and cons, compare prices, choose only experienced and certified doctor, check his before-after photos, read reviews about the clinic, and…follow your dream!