Researching hair transplant options
April 19, 2017
I have been talking to a clinic, actually a global group about hair transplants. This is a subject area that is rarely talked about which makes it perfect for my blog and informing my readers. I have always found that topics that are not talked about are usually the most read articles as people don’t like to seek advice, even from their GP, they would rather research online.
I spoke with the director of DHI Australia who specialise in Hair transplants in Melbourne. The reason I choose to speak to this specific clinic is because they are doing something a bit different
than the average hair transplant clinic.
While DHI can be classified or they fall under a “hair transplant clinic”, they actually call themselves a “Direct Hair Implantation Clinic”. The reason for this is there are many techniques that focus on the extraction of hair. There are two main traditional techniques, these are FUE or FUT.
- Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) – donor hair follicles are removed in a long thin strip of scalp and divided into single units under a microscope. The site where the scalp is removed is then sewn back together. This procedure is fairly commonly used in Australia as it minimises the time required for the extraction by a surgeon and is relatively cost-effective. However, it creates a long thin scar to the back of the patients’ scalp that may be visible under short hair.
- Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) – a punch is used to make a small circular cut in the skin around a hair follicle or group of follicles, removing them from the scalp, leaving a small open hole. The process is repeated until the surgeon has enough follicles to cover the treatment area. The holes heal to tiny white scars throughout the donor area and can be undetectable depending on the skill of the surgeon. These scars heal quicker and are less visible than FUT.
The third technique is one DHI have pioneered. Direct Hair Implantation (DHI) – The DHI sessions are performed by a Certified Doctor from start to finish. The follicles are extracted with a specialised tool designed to minimise damage to the hair follicle and surrounding scalp tissue. Individual follicles are kept in a growth solution called HypoThermosolTM at a constant temperature to ensure optimum development and growth after placement. HypoThermosolTM is generally used in major organ transplant procedures and results in maximised hair survival rate. Hair follicles are implanted using another specialised tool, the DHI implanter, that allows the DHI Master Surgeon to control depth, direction and angle of placement, giving you a really natural result. There is also no need to create recipient holes in the treatment area with DHI. This allows the surgeon to obtain higher hair density when necessary.
One thing that appeals to me as a researcher is the amount of content that DHI put on their blog. Here is a selection of four of their blog articles, but they have hundreds on their blog if you are looking for in-depth information.
- 6 Reasons Why People Go Bald
- Beard Transplants – Latest Trend Goes Global
- What To Expect After Your DHI Hair Transplant
- Science Behind Direct Hair Implantation (DHI)
DHI have written a guide that is designed for anyone, male or female who are looking for more information on hair loss and the option of a hair transplant. You can download their free guide by clicking here.
I have enjoyed talking about hair loss with DHI and I hope you have enjoyed reading more information on this topic. If you have any questions or would like anything clarified, you know where I am.
Health, love and happiness – Joanne