DHI Hair Transplantation and Its Cost

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DHI hair transplantation is considered the latest technique performed in the plastic field in Turkey, which had a great role in solving the baldness problem.

More than 85% of men suffer from hair thinning and loss by age 50, and more than 50% of women will experience noticeable hair loss at some point in their lives. Therefore, it is necessary to resort to a permanent and radical solution to treat this problem: hair transplantation, especially the DHI technique.

Such procedures were initially performed through complex methods with unsatisfactory results and some complications. However, with medical advancements, hair transplantation procedures like the DHI technique have become comparable to natural hair, especially in Turkey. In this article, learn about the details of the DHI technique for hair transplantation and for whom it is performed in Turkey.

What is DHI Hair Transplantation in Turkey?

The DHI hair transplantation technique, also known as Direct Hair Implantation, is a modification and advancement of the FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) technique. In the DHI technique, a tiny strip of hair is separated from the donor area and implanted directly into the balding area.

The DHI hair transplantation technique is a non-surgical alternative method not involving surgical scalpels. Instead, a specific device called a Choi pen is used. This is why this is called the DHI Choi pen technique for hair transplantation.

The Difference between FUE and DHI Hair Transplant Techniques

The DHI hair transplant technique is an advancement and update of the widely used FUE technique in this field. Therefore, it is essential to compare the key differences between these two techniques, as shown in the following table:

DHI Hair Transplantation FUE Hair Transplantation
Extraction and implantation of hair follicles are done simultaneously. Extraction and implantation of hair follicles are done in separate steps.
No use of sharp surgical tools. Use of sharp surgical tools.
No need to shave the hair. Hair must be shaved.
Shorter procedure duration. Longer procedure duration.
Approximately 80-90 follicles are implanted per square centimeter. Approximately 60 follicles are implanted per square centimeter.
Blood pressure and blood sugar levels do not affect the procedure. Procedure affected by blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
Choi implanter pen is used for follicle extraction and direct hair transplant. Micromotor is used to soften follicles before extraction.
The difference between FUE and DHI Hair Transplant
DHI vs FUE Hair Transplant

Who undergoes DHI hair transplantation?

Many medical and cosmetic reasons drive people to undergo hair transplantation using the DHI technique, or what is known as the modified technique of FUE. The most prominent of these reasons include:

  • Androgenetic alopecia (male pattern baldness): This genetic condition primarily affects males and rarely affects females due to its association with male hormones. It is considered one of the most common causes of hair loss. Still, it is worth mentioning that direct hair transplantation using the DHI technique has achieved significant benefits in treating genetic baldness.
  • Wounds and skin burns, especially if they involve a large scalp area.

Preparations for DHI hair transplantation

Necessary precautions must be taken before any intervention, even minor, to avoid complications during or after the hair transplantation procedure. The most important of these procedures are:

  • Complete blood count (CBC) analysis, including red and white blood cell counts and platelets.
  • Blood gas analysis and blood sugar level.
  • Liver function analysis (ALT, AST).
  • To prevent any bleeding, many medications, especially blood thinners, must be stopped.
  • Improve tissue perfusion by drinking fluids and stopping smoking for two weeks before the procedure.

Steps of DHI hair transplantation (modified FUE) in Turkey

There are several steps involved in performing a direct hair transplantation procedure using the DHI technique after the patient is admitted to the sterile operating room. These steps, in order, are:

  • The doctor starts by sterilizing the donor and recipient areas of the hair to prevent infection.
  • The surgeon then administers local anesthesia to both the donor and recipient areas of the scalp using 2% lidocaine with adrenaline to prolong the effect of the anesthetic used.
  • The locations of the grafts to be harvested from the donor area (usually from the back of the scalp or the sides) and the transplant locations in the bald or recipient area are determined, along with the creation of small holes representing the recipient sites using an excellent needle.
  • The surgeon then extracts a small strip with a diameter of about 0.5 mm using a Choi pen and directly implants it into the previously prepared recipient sites (no surgical scalpel is used to open the skin). The extraction and implantation process is repeated until the bald area is covered.

    Steps of Choi pen hair transplant in Turkey
    Steps of DHI Hair Transplantation in Turkey

The DHI hair transplantation procedure typically takes around 4 hours, but the duration may vary depending on the size of the area requiring hair transplantation. In cases where the bald area is relatively large, the patient may be given sedatives due to the longer duration of the procedure.

Tips After DHI Hair Transplantation

After the DHI hair transplantation, it is essential to follow specific instructions, especially in the first few days after the procedure. These instructions include:

  • Taking painkillers to alleviate any discomfort in the scalp after the hair transplantation.
  • Obligating to prescribe antibiotics to prevent infections in both the donor and recipient areas of the scalp and anti-inflammatory medications to control swelling.
  • Expect hair shedding around 2-3 weeks after the transplantation, which is normal and allows for new hair growth.
  • Consider medications like minoxidil or finasteride, as well as plasma injections, to improve hair regrowth and reduce future hair loss. Stem cell hair transplantation may be considered for patients who do not respond well to other treatments.
  • Return to work and normal daily activities within a few days after the DHI hair transplantation.

DHI Hair Transplantation Success Rate in Turkey

DHI hair transplantation is one of the best techniques currently used in this field due to its fantastic plastic results. The transplanted hair is almost identical to natural hair without traces or scars on the scalp.

DHI hair transplant success rate varies depending on the experience of the performing doctor and the advancement of devices in the medical center where the procedure is carried out. With the right conditions, the success rate can reach 100%, as seen in specialized medical centers in Turkey.

DHI before and after the transplantation in Turkey
DHI Hair Transplant Results in Turkey

The hair transplantation results using the DHI implant appear almost entirely about 8-12 months after the procedure. Below is a picture of a hair transplant patient before and after the DHI direct hair implantation technique.

DHI Hair Transplantation Side Effects

We consider hair transplantation using the DHI technique (Choi pen hair transplant) relatively safe and rarely causes any harm after the operation. Still, some complications may occur in some patients, including:

  • The negative reaction to local anesthesia is of a psychological origin, as it is entirely safe and linked to the patient’s fear and anxiety and has nothing to do with sensitivity to the anesthetic used.
  • Infection in the donor or recipient area is rarely severe.
  • Hair loss shock is a temporary condition that occurs suddenly about 2-3 weeks after the operation and resolves automatically within 3-4 months.
  • A sparse appearance is undesirable if the hair is transplanted in a way that does not mimic natural growth.
  • Change in sensation in the area that was transplanted.
  • Scalp swelling.
  • Dizziness or dizziness.
  • Inflammation of the hair follicles.

DHI Hair Transplant Cost in Turkey

With medical development worldwide, it has become possible to perform the DHI hair transplantation technique (the modified FUE technique) with great accuracy, especially in Turkey, which is currently considered the best country in this field. The DHI price in Istanbul- Turkey starts from 1200$, depending on the patient’s condition, the size of the affected area, and the center where this procedure is performed.

The DHI hair transplantation technique in Istanbul – Turkey, is distinguished because it is performed under the supervision of doctors specializing in plastic surgery and dermatology, in addition to modern medical devices available in Turkish specialized centers.

In conclusion, although baldness can be a socially embarrassing problem, it is not something that one has to live with in today’s world. Many people have successfully been treated through DHI hair transplantation in Turkey, which allows them to regain their natural appearance within a very short period.


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Frequently Asked Questions

The DHI hair transplantation technique, also known as Direct Hair Implantation, is a modern technique aimed at performing hair transplantation with high precision and minimal risks. It involves using Choi pens (pen-like tools with a hollow needle on one end) without a surgical scalpel.

Several techniques are currently used in hair transplantation, each with pros and cons. These techniques include:

  1. Strip technique, also known as FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation).
  2. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) technique.
  3. DHI method (DHI Implanter Pen) is a modified version of the FUE technique.


The tools used in the FUE technique differ from those used in the DHI technique. In FUE, a sharp tool called a micro-motor is used to extract hair follicles from the donor area, while in DHI hair implant, a Choi pen is used for hair transplantation.

In the FUE technique, channels are manually created in the scalp before inserting the hair follicles, whereas this step is not performed in the DHI technique. In DHI, the incisions and hair transplantation are done simultaneously.


Hair loss can occur after DHI hair transplantation surgery for about 2-3 weeks, and then the hair starts to grow slowly. Therefore, it may take almost a year for the full results of the transplantation to appear after the procedure. However, the results of the surgery usually last for a lifetime.

The appropriate age for hair transplantation is 25 years and above, due to the possibility of baldness in case of hair loss before this age, in addition to the inability to predict the natural hair density.

Although the side effects of hair transplantation are rare, they can occur in a small percentage of patients. The most important side effects include:

  • Negative reaction to local anesthesia
  • Infection
  • Shock hair loss
  • Swelling of the scalp
  • Dizziness
  • Folliculitis


It is possible to have multiple DHI hair transplantation in order to increase the density of the transplanted hair in the first session or if the first result is unsatisfactory for the patient. However, the duration of the second procedure is usually shorter than the first.


It is possible to have a failed DHI hair transplantation if the doctor performing it is not competent or if there is an underlying condition that affects the outcome of the hair transplantation procedure.


Gentle sexual activity can be resumed after about two weeks of DHI hair transplantation surgery, as the hair follicles have settled well.






DHI hair transplant recovery time is two weeks after the surgery, but it can be managed with pain relievers or ice packs.

DHI hair transplant price starts in Turkey from 1200$, but the price may vary depending on the area to be transplanted.

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