DHI Hair Transplant

Stands for: Direct Hair Implantation
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Cost: £4,000 – £8,500+


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If you’re looking for a hair transplant, direct hair implantation (DHI) is a cutting edge procedure that is designed to increase the thickness and reshape the hairline of any patient. This hair transplant method is suitable for people of all genders, ethnicities, and backgrounds.

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What is a DHI hair transplant?

Direct hair implantation (DHI) is the latest hair transplant method used by surgeons to combat hair thinning and hair loss. It uses a special implanter tool called the Choi implanter pen to extract and implant follicles directly from the donor area into the area of hair loss (hence “direct hair implantation”). It is a more expensive method of hair transplant as it’s a slower method than the FUE method as it is just the doctor doing all the work whereas with FUE the nurses/technicians also help out more.

In many ways, FUE and DHI hair transplants work the same way. Hair follicles are extracted from your donor area and then implanted into your recipient area. Your recipient area may be anything from your your crown, mid-parting, to your crown area.

How does a DHI Hair Transplant Work?

If you require a reshaping of the hairline, the surgeon may mark out the recipient area with a marker pen. This may help to bring the hairline down to a typical length to the eyebrows (5-7cm).

  1. The doctor will design the hairline with a marker pen when needed whilst discussing this with the patient and making sure that they are happy.
  2. The nurses/technicians will shave the patient’s donor area in order to be prepped for the procedure. The doctor will then administer the local anaesthetic to numb the area and make the patient feel comfortable during the procedure.
  3. The surgeon will then begin extracting one graft at a time from the donor area using a hair transplant extraction machine. The extracted grafts will then be handled, counted and sorted by the technicians.
  4. The technicians will then begin to load each follicle into a special tool called the Choi pen and hand it to the surgeon to use for implanting the extracted hairs. Around 3-4 Choi pens are used at any one time as whilst the surgeon is implanting, the technicians are loading the other Choi pens ready to be used for the next graft.
  5. After the procedure, the hair transplant surgeon will bandage your head and provide you with antibiotics and painkillers for use as part of your hair transplant aftercare package.

Why get a DHI Hair Transplant?

Did you know that 80% of men suffer with hair thinning over the course of their lifetime? In extension, conditions such as pattern baldness can affect men and women equally, resulting in low self-esteem and feelings of self-consciousness.

DHI hair transplantation is a fantastic solution for anyone suffering with hair loss. Whether you have got a receding hairline, a thinning mid parting, or hair loss on your crown, this surgical procedure can solve your hair loss concerns and really help boost your self confidence.

Why get DHI over other hair transplant methods?

DHI and FUE hair transplant procedures are a great alternative to older methods such as FUT. With follicular unit transplantation (FUT), patients are left with a linear scar on their scalp -this is where your donor hair follicles have been extracted. As a result, FUT requires a longer procedure time (as the hairs extracted from your donor strip have to be separated under a microscope) and a longer recovery (waiting for your scar to heal). It may even be that unsightly scars left after FUT may never fully heal.

With FUE and DHI hair transplantation, your hair follicles are extracted individually and no linear scar is left after the procedure. Instead, the extraction of individual hairs leaves smaller scabs on your recipient area that typically heal fully within 7 to 10 days.

Furthermore, DHI was developed to speed up the FUE hair transplant process! What separates DHI from FUE is the extraction/implantation tool that negates the need for surgeons to map out where new grafts need to be implanted, making it the most advanced hair restoration technology available today.

Our clinics have also found that direct hair implantation produces less bleeding and scabbing in the recipient area. This means you will be looking your best in no time!

How much does a DHI hair transplant surgery cost?

A DHI hair transplant is the most expensive procedure we offer at our clinics. Typically, this procedure costs anywhere from £4,500 – £8,500+. However, such a variation in cost is dependent upon your own severity of balding. It is difficult to predict how costly a DHI hair transplant will be as every patent is different and requires different needs.

In an attempt to make our hair transplants more accessible, our clinics offer a range of different payment methods. If you need to, you can spread the cost of your hair transplant over a 12 or 24 month period. We believe no one should be priced out of a hair transplant procedure!

Frequently Asked Questions

As with any surgical process, there are some risks posed. Post-operation infections are said to affect less than 1% of patients (NLM 2018). Similarly, for a few days after your surgery, you may feel a little bit of discomfort as your head heals.

However, it is important to note that a hair transplant is one of the safest surgical procedures. Side effects are rare and all of our procedures are performed in CQC clinics by GMC registered surgeons with years of experience.

DHI can be used to treat any of the following: hair loss, hair thinning, male pattern baldness, female pattern baldness. Generally it treats the same stages of hair loss as the FUE method.

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Patient Testimonials

Aside from achieving fantastic results, we believe that keeping in touch with our patients before, during and after their hair transplantation procedure is paramount – it helps to keep our patients feeling calm and in control. We’re always on hand to provide guidance, support and aftercare advice. Time and again, our patients tell us that this is what sets us apart from other clinics.

You can read our great reviews of FUE hair transplants over on Google and TrustPilot

Kieran Dancy
Kieran Dancy
"My experience with Harley Street Clinic was exceptional. I was very apprehensive about getting my FUE procedure done, as one would expect. However, Sara reassured me and was very supportive pre and post-procedure. I am so pleased with the result thus far. The new hairline suits my face, and I cannot wait to see the full results. I must thank everyone at the Harley Street Clinic for their support, guidance, and care."I had an outstanding experience with the Harley Street Clinic. Initially, I had some apprehensions about getting my Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedure done, as I was unsure about how it would turn out. However, Sara, who assisted me throughout the procedure, was very supportive and helped calm my nerves. She provided me with thorough pre and post-procedure guidance, which was extremely helpful. I am delighted with the results I have seen so far. The new hairline suits my face perfectly, and I cannot wait to see the full results in the coming months. The team at the Harley Street Clinic was very supportive, and I felt like I was in good hands throughout the entire process. I would like to express my gratitude to everyone at the clinic for their support, guidance, and care. The experience was very positive, and I would highly recommend the Harley Street Clinic to anyone looking to undergo a similar procedure.
David Price
David Price
Thank you to the doctor and team. I was well looked after on the day of surgery and I’m really looking forward to the results. Initial anaesthetic injection was the only bit that I didn’t like but other than that, all good. Would recommend. David
ashley sheppard
ashley sheppard
Lovely surgeon and assistants who made me feel at ease. No pain whatsoever. Would recommend.
Ross Thorndyke
Ross Thorndyke
Great surgeon, quick responses. Even drafted a Locum in to cover the original surgeon being on holiday. Very impressed with the set up and the results are very good so far.
To start, their care and procedures are absolutely incredible, if I was to base the review solely on the Dr and nurses I had for my procedure it would be an easy 5 stars. However I am rating only 4 stars, which I would consider slightly generous. I am trans, although very early transition when I had the procedure, and within the consultation I feel I was overlooked of what I wanted. After being asked what I was looking for from the procedure, I said I was trans, and wanted a natural looking feminine hairline (as well as obviously fixing my natural hairline), to which my consultant claimed that a masculine hairline would be easier to look natural. Going along with this, I thought any hairline transplant is better than nothing, and that he was the professional so I should take his advice and bite my tongue. In fairness, I was not wearing make up and was in jeans and a hoodie for the consultation, so maybe what I said just went over his head or maybe he didn’t take me seriously. In hindsight, I wish I didn’t closet myself at the first sign of push back from what I perceived as a medical professional, even talking to my doctor near the end of the procedure I felt comfortable enough to come out to him after what I had initially perceived to be a transphobic clinic (I promise you it’s not), and wish he was the one to do the consultation in the first place. He even said something along the lines of “I’ve done a masculine hairline on you, I wish you had have said something sooner”, and I didn’t want to cause any trouble for my consultant, so I didn’t say anything. All in all, the procedure went perfectly, and has healed really well. Cannot speak any higher of my doctors and nurses (although I have forgotten their names), and although not entirely happy with the hairline I received, it was done perfectly and is 100x better than my natural hairline. To all my trans girlies out there, please make it really clear what you want, look as fem as possible for the consultation, and if they push back at all - don’t let them walk all over you.
Ricardo David
Ricardo David
Loved the team!
Emma Walker
Emma Walker
I originally took a lot of time researching a hair transplant company within the UK and came across these guys. I have to say that the whole experience has been so smooth from start to finish. Kevin has been nothing but helpful and it was encouraging to know that he only wanted the best for the client. The reason for my hair transplant was traction alopecia and even though I am only 5 days post op I can already see the potential hairline I will have in a few months time. Everything including booking, payment, forms etc was all so easy and straightforward to do with the help of Kevin. The day of the surgery I had my mum come with me and she was able to come into the room to start with before the actual surgery to help choose my hairline and Dr Kalra explained everything not only to me but to my mum also. Then it was onto the actual surgery part of the day and I have to say that while the local anaesthetic injections were pretty painful, the rest of the day was completely relaxing. Dr Kalra and the other staff (sorry I can’t remember their names) totally put me at ease. Everything was explained and if I needed anything all I had to do was ask. Post op I had a lot of bleeding in the donor area which I was worried about but Dr Kalra put my mind at ease straight away. If I had any questions or worries then Dr Kalra and Kevin were always on hand to help. 5 days post op I still have a fair amount of swelling and bruising but it is improving every day and I can’t wait to see results. I’ve booked a PRP session with Dr Kalra for 5 weeks time so I will post another update once that has been done. Thank you to everyone but special thanks to Kevin and Dr Kalra!
Jack Booth
Jack Booth
The whole experience was very straight forward and professional and the staff were very friendly. I felt I was in safe hands with Dr Kalra and the others who did the surgery and the aftercare process was explained very clearly to me afterwards.


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