The advanced technique of DHI
DHI technique was the one that revolutionised the world of hair transplantation. From the first stage of extraction to the implantation of the hair follicles, Direct Hair Implantation differs from all other techniques. Modern, simple, and effective, DHI hair transplant is performed only by experienced, certified, and highly trained medical staff and the result is so natural that it is not even perceived by your hairdresser.
Known as one of the oldest hair transplant techniques, the FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant) is characterised by the permanent, unsightly scar it leaves on the patient's donor area. The operation is performed by removing a strip of skin from the back of the head. The skin strip is then dissected, and the hair follicles are separated using a microscope. At the same time, the implantation is done by creating holes using special forceps, which leads to unnatural results. Although the FUT technique is now considered obsolete, many clinics still offer it today.
In the FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) technique the extraction does not involve incisions and sutures in the donor area (as is the case with FUT). However, hair follicles are implanted in the same way by creating holes in the receiving area and by using special forceps, a factor that can catalyse the naturalness of the final result
FUE is performed several times until enough follicles are collected for implantation.
The first hair transplants
The first hair transplant sessions were started in the 1930’s by Japanese scientists. At the time, surgeons attempted to cover the thinning areas using small strips of skin as "patches". The operations were very painful, and the results were bad. These techniques did not progress and stopped permanently due to World War II.
Hair Transplant: How it all started
In the late 1950’s, New York dermatologist Norman Orentreich experimented with men with hair loss. He soon discovered that hair in the donor area retains its properties even if it is transferred from where it is. Therefore, they do not fall off even if transplanted to another area of the head. Subsequently, the Donor Area Safe Zone was established and the basis for removing the hair follicles from the back of the head began.
From plugs to strip
For the next 20 years, surgeons tried to transplant smaller grafts from the donor area, aiming for the smallest possible injury. However, the tools of the time (diameter 2 to 4mm) led to unnatural results, known as the doll-like effect. Thus, they experimented with extracting a strip of skin from the donor area, which made it possible to separate the grafts under a microscope. This was the beginning of the FUT technique which had as its main disadvantage the creation of a permanent scar in the donor area. In 2000, doctors were able to extract implants from the donor site using a smaller diameter punch. This method, led to the FUT technique which does not provide natural results every time since the implantation is done by creating holes in the recipient area.
DHI: The most advanced method
Dissatisfied with the results of the FUT-FUE techniques and determined to revolutionise the field of hair transplantation, Konstantinos Giotis managed to perfect the procedure with the DHI-Direct Hair Implantation technique. The new technique is not reminiscent of the older hair transplant methods as it achieves 100% natural results in each session. DHI technique follows strict protocols in all steps of the procedure and is the only one performed exclusively by experienced and certified physicians.