DHI Hair Transplant

Average Length of Stay
2 Days
Length of Stay in Hospital
1 Day
Operation Duration
8 Hours
Local Anesthesia
Recovery Duration
7-10 Days

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Direct hair implantation (DHI) Turkey—also known as micro FUE— is one of the latest hair restoration methods in Turkey.
It is the process of harvesting hair follicles from the donor area by using a pen-like device (Choi Pen) that contains a hollow needle.

Using the Choi Pen, hair transplant experts can strategically transplant your own hair from one area of the head (donor area) to the balding area—while maintaining a fully natural look.

This is achieved by ensuring the right angle and direction of each hair follicle in the hair loss area—which is usually in the crown area of the head.

DHI hair transplant method in Istanbul ensures that the donor area looks natural and scar-free after the operation is complete.

One of the major benefits of DHI extraction is that it does not involve cutting into the patient's skin—and only punches with a diameter of 1mm or less to harvest hairs individually from the donor area.

This makes for a minimally invasive hair extraction while preserving the integrity of the tissue around the hair and minimizing the chances of scarring.

DHI hair transplant in Turkey intends to maximize the survival rate and growth of hair follicles, by reducing the time the follicles stay out of the skin during the extraction process.

The direct hair implantation technique allows for graft implantation with less trauma and virtually no scarring



What’s different between direct hair implantation technique and follicular unit extraction (FUE) technique?

With FUE hair transplant Turkey and FUT hair transplant methods, follicles are placed by creating holes in the recipient area using forceps—which does not grant the hair transplant surgeon control over the angle, direction and depth of the graft.

The focus is more on the number of follicles extracted and less on the follicle survival rate after implantation.

DHI hair transplant without shaving


Hair Transplant without shaving in Turkey is an ideal alternative to the traditional FUE hair transplant Turkey method for patients who do not afford to have conspicuous signs of hair restoration.

Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is typically performed by shaving the entire head—back and sides of the scalp—as the hair is extracted via follicular unit extraction technique.

However, no-shave hair restoration in Turkey involves cutting short the hairs to be extracted from the donor area one by one while leaving the hair around it long. This process requires meticulous skills and expertise to master this technique.

DHI hair transplant Turkey procedure

Graft harvest:

  • Hair follicles are extracted individually from the donor area (back of the head) using the Choi Pen. The follicles are kept safe in a solution--at a specific temperature--to enhance their growth after placement, without the need for cutting, incising, separating or simply handing the grafts.

Implantation of follicles

  • The hair follicles are placed directly into the recipient area (balding region) using the DHI Implanter (1mm or less in size), without creating slits or holes.

Natural-looking hair

  • Full control of depth, angle and direction of the graft placement, guarantees 100 percent natural hair that will grow for years to come.

DHI hair transplant recovery & results

As with any hair transplant surgery, it’s crucial to follow the surgeon’s instructions to ensure you receive the best results. You are advised to not smoke or consume alcohol for 7days after DHI hair transplant in Turkey.

Direct hair implantation in Turkey is a low-risk hair restoration treatment and has a very high success rate.

In order to avoid post-op complications, you need to follow the following guidelines:
    Avoid sun exposure and wear loose-fitting hats
    No swimming for 2 weeks
    No strenuous exercise
    Avoid using chemical hair care products
    Start applying Minoxidil spray twice a day on a dry scalp for 10 days after your DHI hair transplant in Turkey

DHI hair transplant cost in Turkey

Turkey is the world capital of hair transplantation—for good reasons. The affordable quality of hair restoration procedures offered in Turkey attracts droves of patients from the UK and Western Europe.

DHI hair transplant price in Turkey is 60-70 percent lower than that of UK hair transplant prices. The lower cost of living, favorable exchange rate and proximity of Istanbul make Turkey the number 1 destination for hair transplantation. 

Good candidates for Direct Hair Transplant in Turkey

Ideal candidates for hair transplant surgery should be in good health condition. Serious medical conditions should be treated and resolved before the surgery to reduce the risk of any complications.

The key to determining if you are a good candidate for hair transplantation is having a stable supply of donor's hair that should be adequate to cover the bald or thinning area.

Direct Hair Transplantation is more appropriate for patients who have less hair loss. According to Norwood Hair Scale, Direct Hair Transplant is better for Hair Loss Stages 2, 3 and 4.


3 Stages of Direct Hair Transplantation

1. Design and Planning

Our medical team identify your donor and recipient areas and work to personalize a plan to help you achieve most natural-looking hairline with healthy donor area.

2. Graft Extraction

Follicles will be extracted individually one by one from the backside of the scalp. This process is performed by micro motor creating 0.7-0.8 mm microholes in diameter. It produces very small holes in donor area.

As a result, these wounds quickly heal without leaving any scar. Our trained team examine the follicular grafts and prepare them for placement. Follicular unit grafts are arranged into groups depending on the number of hairs in each follicle.

3. Placement

This stage is the difference between Traditional FUE and Direct Hair Transplantation. According to your design, our medical team makes microscopic incisions where the follicles are placed, in your recipient area that match your natural hair growth pattern. Individual donor grafts are loaded into Choi Pen Implanter and implanted directly to the scalp without any need to create donor incisions.

Procedure Details


Before Hair Transplant Procedure

It is recommended to refrain from smoking and stop taking any medications or vitamin supplements which contain aspirin, ibuprofen or Vitamin E for 2 weeks before the procedure. It is also advised not to cut or color hair for 1 week before the procedure.

An initial consultation will be made before the procedure to discuss the details and establish an appropriate donor site.

During DHI hair transplant

Before hair transplantation, hair transplant physician plans the number of grafts to be transplanted to the balding area and hairline design. Hair transplantation is a minor procedure that is carried out under local anesthesia. A local anesthetic will be administered into the donor area and balding area.

The desired number of grafts will be taken out one by one from the donor area. This process is performed by creating mini holes approximately 0.7-0.8 mm in diameter. Grafted hair will be put into a special solution.

In the last part of direct hair transplantation, individual donor grafts are loaded into Choi Pen Implanter and implanted directly to the scalp without any need to create donor incisions.


What To Expect After Procedure?

The procedure does not require a hospital stay and patients can go back to their hotel. Hair transplant surgeon will specify after-care instructions, including what special shampoo to clean the head, medications to use and antibiotics to take. Recovery time is minimal for hair transplantation procedure.

Within 2 to 3 weeks after the procedure, the transplanted hair will fall out. This makes way for new hair growth. Most people will see new hair growth after 4 to 6 months.