DHI vs FUE: 3 rounds to make the best decision!

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A hair transplant is the best way to get one’s hair back. It exists many hair transplant techniques. The most widespread method is FUE, while many researchers tend to tell DHI is the best. What are the differences between those techniques? Why would DHI be superior to FUE?

Let’s dig into this DHI vs FUE match!


This first round will be about crucial criteria in hair transplant method choice: the results. Results here mean final results when the hair has grown back, about a year after the hair transplant.

With FUE, the results look natural but often lack volume as this technique does not offer control over the angle implantation of the grafts. FUE implantation involves opening channels into the scalp to implant the grafts; the result may look a bit flat compared to DHI. FUE is a relatively non-invasive technique. After the surgery, there are small, dot-shaped scars in the donor area at the back of the head. When the hair grows back, they are no longer visible, even with a short haircut.

With DHI, as the implantation technique does not include opening channels but directly implanting the grafts into the scalp with a CHOI pen, the surgeon has complete control over the grafts’ implantation angle, giving more volume. The results look very natural. There are no visible scars, either on the donor or recipient area.

DHI vs FUE round two: the surgery and the post-surgery period

The experience during the surgery for the patient is pretty similar, even if DHI hair transplant tends to be longer than FUE. The actual difference is in the post-surgery period. During an FUE hair transplant, the surgeon opens the channels to implant the grafts. Those channels are open wounds and lead to skin necrosis. They also worsen the risk of infection and pain.

With DHI, there are no channels opening, the post-surgery period is more straightforward, with no necrosis and a lower risk of infection. Overall, it reduces the period of discomfort after the surgery.

Edema is a common side effect of hair transplants and may occur with both techniques. It is due to the injection of anesthesia and other products during the surgery.

DHI vs FUE round three: the price

Last but not least because it is a significant criterion for many patients. As FUE is more widespread, it is cheaper than DHI, especially in not reputable clinics. Those clinics often convince patients to choose FUE because it is more money-making and does not require an experienced and skilled doctor. DHI is more complex and expensive for the clinics, so less money-making.

The FUE technique in Europe costs 3,000 to 15,000€ depending on the clinic location and the surgeon’s fame. In Turkey, FUE costs 1,500€ to 3,000€ depending on who is doing the surgery and the clinic’s reputability.

The DHI technique cost in Europe may reach crazy amounts: 10,000€ to 30,000€ per session, while 2,500€ to 5,000€ in Turkey.

Overall, DHI is significantly more expensive than FUE. Patients willing to benefit from this fantastic technique should be looking for a reputable and professional clinic without focusing too much on the price. The best quality is not always on the more expensive offer. Getting in touch with former patients is the best way to pick a hair transplant clinic.

Get the best with Hair Turkey!

At Hair Turkey, we believe all patients deserve the best technique available. Our doctor, Dr. Kinyas, is a specialist in DHI and mega DHI. He performs all the surgery himself. We have a unique package specially tailored for international patients.

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