Hair transplant is performed in order to restore hair growth in areas of alopecia. Treatment abroad is performed using innovative techniques for graft transplantation, including FUE hair transplant and DHI hair transplant. In most cases, the patient himself is a donor. Pathological hair loss and the subsequent development of alopecia is a widespread problem among men after 35-40 years, but it also occurs in women. Hair transplant is the only chance to regain natural beauty.
Causes of hair loss are as follow:
- Prolonged intake of vitamin A
- Prolonged intake of oral contraceptives and anticoagulants
- Pregnancy, due to hormonal changes
- Stress alopecia
- Wounds on the scalp, scalp scars
- Endocrine diseases
- And other ones
Hair transplant is a highly effective way to restore hair density, even with large areas of alopecia. The techniques that are used abroad, including FUE hair transplant and DHI hair transplant, demonstrate excellent results. The hair transplant procedure does not cause swelling and pain.
Hair transplantation is a minimally invasive procedure. After the implantation of hair follicles there are no scars. Hair transplant consists of several stages, including preparation of the donor and recipient site, grafts extraction, dividing them into follicles and subsequent implantation in the area of hair loss.
The cost of hair transplant depends on the selected technique (FUT or FUE hair transplant, DHI hair transplant), the size of the hair loss area, the hospital and the doctor's qualifications.
Medical tourism in the field of trichology is a popular destination that allows patients from different countries to treat alopecia successfully. The state-of-the-art hair transplantation techniques provide an excellent aesthetic result.
To choose the best hair transplant hospital, you may use the services of the leading medical tourism operator – Booking Health. Booking Health managers will help you find a qualified hair transplant specialist in the world's leading hospitals at affordable prices.
Treatment abroad is carried out with high quality, with the use of innovative micro-instruments for hair transplantation. This allows reaching 98-99% survival rate of implanted hair follicles. After transplantation, natural hair growth is restored within 4-7 months.
The cost of hair transplant procedure may differ, but due to the peculiarities of medical tourism with Booking Health it is quite affordable for many people.
Modern DHI method (seamless technique) – the direct hair transplant
During the last decades, two methods have been used for hair transplantation. These are FUT and FUE hair transplant. Today, several techniques are used for these purposes. The main ones among them are listed below.
The strip-method (FUT or surgical one) is one of the most traumatic methods of hair transplantation. It is a technique when a flap of scalp skin is cut out from the back of the head and is divided into grafts. The advantage of hair transplantation using this technique is the ability to restore large alopecia areas and transplant up to 4,500-5,000 hair follicles per procedure. Cutting off a flap of scalp skin can also damage the hair follicles during the formation of grafts. In addition, the duration of hair transplant using the FUT method does not exceed 4 hours.
FUE hair transplant is a microsurgical operation that allows removing hair follicles and implanting them in the target area without making skin cuts and stitches. A rotating punch is used to harvest material, which allows extracting follicles in a more sparing manner.
DHI hair transplant is performed using ultra-modern equipment. This hair transplant technique ensures 100% natural results. During the DHI hair transplant, hair follicles are harvested and implanted with the Choi Pen with the diameter of up to 0.8 mm. Due to the tiny diameter of the needle, the implanted material takes root well, and the healing process is fast.
Hair transplantation with the Choi implanter is carried out as the single-stage intervention – a puncture is made, and the hair follicle is implanted immediately. This hair transplant procedure is the seamless manipulation, and micro-punctures after hair transplantation heal within a few days.
The method of direct hair transplantation allows achieving high hair density (up to 120 hairs per 1 square centimeter), as well as maintaining the correct hair angle during hair transplantation. As a result of using the latest technology, the new hair will look natural.
The cost of DHI hair transplant is higher compared to other hair transplantation methods. In this case, the price for the procedure is fair, and the hair transplantation using this technique is considered the most effective one.
The main advantages of DHI
The main advantage of DHI hair transplant is the use of an implanter, which removes the follicular unit without harvesting a skin flap from the scalp. Previously, it was necessary to make incisions for implanting the donor hair in the scalp skin. Today transplantation is performed with a single puncture, without the additional preliminary incisions. Hair transplant using this advanced technique ensures minimal trauma and reduces risk of bleeding.
Other benefits of DHI hair transplant include:
- The technique of graft extraction and subsequent implantation allows saving up to 90% of follicular units, which is significantly higher than with FUE and FUT hair transplant. Preserving hair follicles leads to growing of thick and strong hair.
- Hair transplantation with an implanter provides quick recovery without complications.
- Excellent aesthetic result. With the help of a specialized instrument, the hair transplant is carried out more precisely and carefully. After DHI hair transplant, the hairline looks natural.
- Treatment abroad implies excellent skills and vast experience of doctors, the best service and an individual approach to each patient. The hair transplant is performed in comfortable conditions.
Disadvantages of DHI hair transplant
The main disadvantage of the DHI hair transplant is the duration of the procedure. It usually takes from 4 to 10-12 hours. This is due to the need to be very precise when performing hair transplant. Such a delicate hair transplant procedure is carried out in hospitals in Turkey, Thailand, Poland and other countries only by specially trained healthcare professionals who know all the peculiarities of transplantation.
How is DHI hair transplant performed?
During hair transplantation, grafts are harvested from the back of the head. In men the donor regions can also be the chest, upper or lower extremities. The follicles are placed in a special liquid, after which their survival increases significantly. Next, hair follicles are implanted into the alopecia area at an angle of 45 degrees, considering the direction of the hair growth.
The main stages of DHI hair transplant include:
- Preparing the patient for hair transplant. The preliminary consultation and laboratory tests are carried out, based on the results hair follicle transplantation is planned. If the patient’s health state is good and there are no contraindications, a doctor proceeds to the next stage of hair transplant.
- Performing anesthesia for hair transplantation. Local anesthesia that affects only areas with alopecia is usually performed. In foreign hospitals, modern anesthetics with minimal side effects are used. Anesthesia before the hair transplant procedure is carried out by an anesthesiologist who monitors the patient's condition throughout the hair transplant.
- The next stage of hair transplant is grafts (hair follicles) extraction. The patient is a donor and a recipient at the same time. The material is harvested with a special microsurgical instrument, without damaging the follicles.
- Preparing grafts for hair transplantation. After the removal, the follicles are placed into Petri dishes, where they are carefully cleaned of pieces of tissue. For transplantation, the individual follicles are moved to the implanter and the implantation procedure is performed.
- Transplant of the processed grafts. Hair transplantation is performed using a special pen, considering the hair growth direction and angle.
Hair transplantation in foreign hospitals is performed by a team of specialists that consists of 5-7 healthcare professionals. Hair transplant may be performed as the single-stage procedure or may be divided into several sessions. The number of transplant procedures depends on the size of alopecia areas and the number of transplanted grafts.
How many grafts are transplanted during one procedure?
With any degree of hair loss, the transplant procedure is painless. As a rule, the doctor is able to perform the hair transplant as the single-stage intervention. In this case, graft transplantation lasts from 1-2 to 9-12 hours.
With a severe hair loss, the hair transplant procedure may be performed repeatedly. Up to 5,000 grafts are transplanted during one session in treatment abroad.
Contraindications for the procedure
Like other methods of transplantation (FUT, FUE hair transplant), DHI hair transplant is contraindicated for people with hypertension, diabetes mellitus, tumors, mental disorders, skin diseases.
Doctors do not recommend carrying out hair transplantation for patients under the age of 18, which is associated with the instability of the hormonal levels. Implantation is also not carried out in patients over 70 years of age. In elderly people, cutting off scalp skin flaps for hair transplantation is undesirable due to poor tissue healing. In addition, the survival rate of implanted follicles is too low.
What influences the result?
The result is primarily influenced by considering the hair growth angles during the hair transplant. Treatment abroad is carried out only by experienced specialists who do not make mistakes when transplanting grafts. Therefore, the result of the follicle transplantation procedure looks natural.
An important component of a successful transplant is careful preliminary planning of a DHI hair transplant. The natural appearance of the hairline and good follicle engraftment depend on it significantly.
Are there any risks during the procedure?
Hair transplantation is a procedure the success of which depends on the qualifications of the doctor and the healthcare team. With the help of Booking Health managers, you can find doctors with many years of experience. In addition, Booking Health managers will supervise the entire transplant procedure from the beginning to its completion. Since hair transplant is a minimally invasive operation, there are virtually no risks and less complications.
How long does the recovery period take?
After graft transplantation, small punctures at the implantation site heal within 2-4 days. Hair loss occurs within six months after hair transplant and this is considered normal.
Full restoration of hair growth after hair transplant can be expected in 6-8 months. With this technique of hair follicle transplantation, the patient can return to his usual life the very next day.
Difference between DHI and FUE methods
DHI and FUE hair transplant are similar in the way of graft extraction and the absence of postoperative scars. Nevertheless, with DHI hair transplantation is performed in one step.
DHI hair transplant does not require shaving the head in the donor area, and allows implanting grafts more tightly. This provides a natural look and thicker hair.
How much does hair transplant cost abroad, where to undergo the procedure?
The cost of hair transplant depends on the severity of alopecia (hair loss), the number of follicles that need to be transplanted, the country and the hospital in case of treatment abroad.
The cost of hair transplant is several times lower in Turkish and Polish clinics compared to Germany and the USA. Price for treatment abroad includes stay in the hospital and the preliminary diagnostic procedures.
The price for hair follicles transplant in different hospitals abroad is from 800 to 2,500 USD. Booking Health managers will provide you with information about the best hair transplant hospitals. We choose options of treatment abroad based on the quality-price ratio, so you will pay less.
You can estimate the cost of hair transplant by contacting Booking Health managers. Booking Health offers comprehensive assistance in the sphere of medical tourism.
Alopecia treatment abroad allows restoring natural beauty, undergoing hair transplantation with innovative technology. Get a consultation from the Booking Health medical coordinator right now. You may call Booking Health by phone number on the website or send the online request.