Frequently Asked Questions
Will I benefit from a hair transplant?
There are many forms of balding. A Direct Hair Implantation (DHI) procedure is particularly effective at treating androgenic alopecia (male or female pattern baldness). By consulting at our clinic, you will receive a free, no-obligation consultation to evaluate your concerns and accurately assess the balding site. For suitable candidates, the DHI technique offers maximum density and natural results.
Whatever your condition, we can discuss suitable medical options for you.
Who would not be suitable for a hair transplant?
Individuals with unstable cardiac conditions, poor kidney function, or those who have undertaken chemotherapy within 2 years are not suitable. Men under the age of 23 are encouraged to try medical therapies first.
I’ve already had a hair transplant before, can I still have a DHI Hair Transplant?
Yes. Depending on the alopecia test using the DHI specialised microcamera, we can accurately calculate the number of hairs available for extraction and the requirement for implantation. In fact, up to 30% of our clients have had previous strip surgery (FUT) and FUE before finally arriving at DHI. In younger patients, a second DHI procedure can be done as hair loss advances, provided there are adequate donor follicles for extraction.
Can women have the DHI procedure?
Yes. Female pattern baldness is a genuine medical concern, and one that can be treated through a DHI procedure. Extraction can be done discreetly, with follicles taken from a narrow area that can be hidden by existing hair. Our procedure allows for up-styles immediately after.
Hairline design and distribution for female patients focuses on a strong and feminine hairline with great density and natural results.
Who will perform the procedure?
DHI certified doctors will perform the procedure from beginning to end. DHI certification ensures that our patients receive the highest standard of care and strict adherence to protocols. Our qualified nursing staff assist with the collection and arrangement of follicles during the procedure.
What’s the difference between FUE, FUT and DHI?
Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT or ‘strip surgery’) was developed 30 years ago, and involves the surgical removal of an entire strip of the scalp. From there, the follicles are divided and later implanted. However, this often leads to an unsightly scar which prohibits short hairstyles, and can warp the normal direction of hair at the back.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) uses a large punch (up to 1cm) to remove units of hair. ‘Pre-holes’ are then cut into the scalp prior to implantation, leading to artificial-looking results and hair that stands in an odd way.
10 years ago, the Direct Hair Transplant (DHI) method was pioneered in Europe. We use a 0.7mm punch to isolate follicles with minimal discomfort, rest them in HypoThermosol (also used in organ transplants), then implant them one at a time, allowing for maximal density and full control over the angle and depth of growth.
How many hairs or grafts will I need?
During a consultation with DHI Philippines, we use a specialised alopecia camera to examine the scalp and count the number of follicles for extraction and implantation. Next, a new hairline is designed to suit the patients’ age and facial structure. Finally, we calculate the number of grafts needed in order to produce the desired result.
We offer Small (up to 1,000 hairs), Regular (2,000 hairs), Mega (3,000 hairs), and Giga (5,000 hairs) sessions.
If you only extract the hairs at the back, won’t it look bald after extraction?
Hairs at the back of the head lie flat and cover more surface area, and extraction will not exceed a maximum of 70 hairs per square cm. This ensures that volume at the donor site is maintained post-operatively, and allows room for future extractions if needed. For women, we extract in thin lines which can easily be disguised and up-styled post-op.
Will the procedure hurt?
Local anaesthetic is injected by the surgeon into the area of the extraction, and the rest is painless. Oral sedatives allow the patient to sleep and remain still during extraction. During implantation, local anaesthetic is again applied while the patient is awake (often chatting with the staff or watching movies). It’s common to feel some discomfort for a few days following the procedure, but rarely do clients require further pain medication.
How much downtime will I need?
After the procedure, the staff will full instructions regarding the post-op protocols used by all DHI clinics.
You will be required to spray to transplanted hairs every 30 minutes while awake for 3 days, then remove the bandage from the donor site on the fourth day for a gentle shampoo. It is recommended to lie flat when resting and avoid looking down at screens to avoid facial swelling.
Light exercise can resume at 1 week. Heavy exercise, hats, strong sun exposure and swimming can resume at 2 weeks. Return to work depends on your comfort and exposure to pollutants.
Hats and helmets can be worn at 10 days, and hair dyes can be applied after 1 month.
What are the main side effects of the procedure?
The DHI technique is renowned for its minimally invasive nature and few side effects.
When you leave the clinic after your procedure, it’s common to feel some discomfort in the scalp, though few patients require additional pain medication. Occasionally, facial swelling can occur if the patient looks down at screens or sleeps on their side. The staff will carefully guide you and your family through the post-op procedures to ensure the optimal health of newly implanted hairs.
Our staff are always happy to answer questions or concerns after the procedure, and you can reach us at our clinic or through a number of methods provided after the procedure.
What follow ups will I need?
At DHI Philippines, we offer follow-up consultations as part of the premium service. We recommend official review at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months to assess the growth of transplanted hair. Our staff are happy to answer any questions you may have via text, email, or call. For international clients, we can also do medical reviews through video calls, by appointment.
I will be travelling to undertake the procedure, What will I need to prepare?
At DHI Philippines, we benefit from European pioneering research, French artistry and styling, and friendly Filipino service. We speak English, French, and Filipino (Tagalog & dialects). For those travelling for the procedure, we recommend contacting the clinic via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for pre-op medical questionnaires to assess suitability. We recommend a recent viral screen for all patients and an ECG for patients over 45 years of age.
For those departing from the Philippines, we can provide 100ml spray bottles and medical certification to fly.
Need more information?
Call us, email us, text us, or simply visit our clinic. We are always ready and willing to help you find your ideal hair solution. Find us on Instagram (@dhiphilippines), Facebook (DHI Philippines) or our YouTube channel to see our results and view informative footage.