Frequently Asked Questions about Hair Transplant
Before DHI Hair Transplant Procedure Questions
It is not necessary for a client to shave his entire head for a DHI session.
The DHI Total Care consultant (Consulting Doctor) needs to perform an Alopecia test, examine the donor and recipient area for calculating the total number of hairs from each zone which can be extracted and implanted and accordingly offer the session which should be performed to give the best possible results.
The consultation process which involves an alopecia test to assess the quality of hair, mathematical calculation to determine the number of hairs which can be extracted and implanted, discussion on hairline design and distribution of approximately 45 minutes.
DHI is the only organized Hair Implant system in the world. The systems, processes, continuous research and development in the field and the stringent training program make the DHI system the most reliable system in Hair Transplants.
We maintain complete privacy of our clients but we might be able to request a few of our clients to speak with you and share their experience and life after DHI.
The implanted hairs are extracted from the back of the scalp, which is genetically determined to be resistant to the effect of testosterone, and DHT, and hence will never thin out as a result of male pattern baldness.
Transplantation is suggested as early as stage-1 of the hair loss as hair transplantation is the only way to restore lost hair.
A bad donor area could be: 1. Less area for extraction 2. Thin fragile roots which transects easily 3. Less density of hair
The contraindications of hair transplant could be: 1) Very poor donor area 2) Keloidal tendency 3) Unstable vitiligo or psoriasis 4) Active infection on the donor or recipient area. 5) Alopecia areata 6) Hypertension
If your scalp has been damaged from previous strip surgeries or you have an advanced stage of hair loss, we can now move hair follicles from nearly every part of the body such as the back and chest. It is noted that the growth of beard hair is better than body hair. Beard hairs are naturally coarser than other body hairs and therefore, could provide better scalp coverage. Many leading hair restoration physicians also feel that using beard hair is more viable than hair from other parts of the body, which possess even shorter growth cycles.
Hair transplant can be done on clients from 18 – 65 years of age.
We usually follow the angle of hair of the existing roots. If not present, we implant the new hair roots at an acute angle.
During DHI Hair Transplant Procedure Questions
DHI uses fresh disposable punches and needles for the procedure for every session and are destroyed after every procedure. The clients are encouraged to check the destruction process of single use instruments.
DHI is performed under a completely safe and sterile environment. The procedure room is sterilized with Basilol and all the equipment and tools used are sterilized before the session.
The procedure is virtually painless and causes less irritation than say getting a tattoo. The procedure is done under local anesthesia and the client can relax, listen to music, watch TV, enjoy a light lunch and even nap during the procedure.
The DHI session is performed under local anesthesia. Anesthesia is injected in the donor area first during extraction and then the recipient area at the time of hair implantation. This is to ensure that the client does not feel pain at the time of the procedure.
The local anesthesia may last up to 6-8 hours.
The client will not feel any pain even after the local anesthesia has worn off. The client might feel a tingling or itching sensation.
By definition, FUE means Follicular Unit Extraction. In the FUE method, there are no specific or uniform advances in hair placement. 1.With the DHI implanter we are able to accurately place the follicles at the exact angle and direction of the existing hair to create thoroughly natural results. However the FUE technique does not offer the doctor the ability to correct the angle, direction and depth of the follicles. 2. In DHI at no time during the procedure is the follicle actually touched by the medical instruments used by the nurses and doctors. This ensures that no damage is caused to the follicle due to over-manipulation and human interference. However the follicle in FUE is held by the forceps and there is a possibility of causing damage to the follicle due to human manipulation of the delicate follicle which can be damaged easily. 3. With DHI, placement of the follicle into the recipient site is a gentle process whereby the doctor merely releases the follicle into an opening the size of a needle. The follicle is not pushed or pulled at any time. However in FUE the nurse or assistant must push the follicle into an opening or hole with his forceps and this may create trauma and damage the follicle very easily. 4. With DHI Extraction, smaller punches significantly reduce bleeding, trauma and scar formation. However the use of bigger punches in FUE during extraction may cause significant bleeding trauma and scar formation.
The size of the punches used for extraction depends on the quality of hair and scalp and may vary between 0.7 mm to 1.25 mm. which is around 4000 hairs.
Around 7,000 - 10,000 hairs (depending on donor area) can be extracted over a lifetime.
In women, the finer hair in the area over the ears should generally be harvested. In men with fine hair and coarse eyebrows, the area adjacent to the occipital protuberance is usually the coarsest hair on the scalp and may be the best match.
Harvesting hair from the beard area just inferior to the jaw line may provide better donor hair for mustache reconstruction.
Yes but it depends upon the depth and duration of scarring. Approximately 50% is the survival rate of the implanted hairs post implantation.
After DHI Hair Transplant Procedure Questions
The client is prescribed antibiotics and anti-inflammatory course which needs to be followed for 3 days post procedure: a. 1 Tablet of CEFTUM 500 mg at 8.00 p.m. in the evening on the day of procedure and 1 tablet every 12 hrs for 4 days b. 1 Tablet PREDMIT 16mg Start 2 tablets in the evening of the procedure. 2 tablets in the morning and 1 tablet in the evening on day one of the procedure. 1 tablet in the morning and ½ in the evening on day two of the procedure. c. In case of pain 1 NISE/CROCIN tablet is advised. d. From the next day 1 ZINTAC tablet for 4 days.
There’s no requirement of any medication, as the implanted hair will not fall. However Minoxidil applications are required to prevent thinning and falling of the existing hair.
There are no complications as such but some patients may experience mild headache, burning itching or tenderness over the operating area.
The client can get a haircut done 15 days after the procedure.
Hair fibers can be used 30 days post procedure.
The client can start colouring his hair 45 days after the session.
It is normal for the newly placed hairs that were attached to the new follicular units to fall out within the first 4-8 weeks post procedure that is part of the normal growth process. After the hair has fallen, a new growth cycle begins that will start to come in within 2-4 months. The newly placed hairs will be fully grown between 8-12 months following the procedure.
The client can resume work the next day after the procedure in an office environment. The scabs take 3 days to fall off after the first recipient area wash. In case the work involves heavy physical exercise, exposure to direct sunlight or a job that involves outdoor activity, he should consult the Doctor.
No, in rare cases there might be a mild swelling in the forehead after 48 hours of the procedure, which disappears in the next 48 hours.
Yes, there will be a bandage in the donor area i.e. the area from where the hairs are extracted on the day of the procedure. This is done to prevent any infection in the donor area. The bandage is removed the next day after the procedure.
There is absolutely no scarring with the DHI technique, only a mild redness in the donor area that will subside after a week post session.
The DHI session lasts anywhere between 4 - 12 hours, depending upon the session agreed upon.
As 10% of your hair naturally falls in a life span, the same amount of implanted hairs will also fall. The rest of the implanted hair will stay for a lifetime because these hairs are resistant to the hair loss-causing hormones.
Since we extract the follicles (roots) there is no re-growth, but it has been noticed that about 5% -10% of hair regrows in some cases as a part of the root is sometimes left behind.
The complete results and full-grown hairs are visible in 12 months. The hair growth is visible within a month but as a natural cycle of hair, they fall and start regrowing between 3 – 5 months.
The success rate usually varies 90% and depends on various external and internal factors.
No it doesn’t go bald; the density of hair gets reduced slightly.