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DHI INFO SERIES: WHAT IS A HAIR TRANSPLANT

Part 1 of an Info Series on Hair Transplants

Hair transplant surgery sounds is a hot topic surrounded by a growing amount of buzz.

On the surface, it looks like a simple enough concept: you take hair from where it exists, and place it where it doesn’t.

Since our hair determines the first impressions we make in this image-conscious world, and because it’s so closely tied to our levels of self-confidence, it’s fair to say that the facts matter.

For these reasons, we’ve come up with a series of articles that cover everything you need to know about hair transplant surgery.

These short write-ups are designed to help you come to a deeper understanding of the medicine behind hair transplants, how successful they can be, and what to expect if you choose to undergo a procedure.

If you’re looking for a crash course on hair transplants, you’ve come to the right place - read on!

The Definition of a Hair Transplant

Hair transplant surgery refers to the set of medical procedures that involve extracting hair from one area of the body and implanting it into another.

There are many different kinds of procedures on the market - each with a varying level of sophistication - but they all revolve around the common step of taking hair from one part of the head and transferring it elsewhere.

Unlike many other transplant surgeries, donor hairs must come from the patient. This is because the medical community has yet to reach a consensus about the chances of rejection and other risks commonly associated with implanting foreign tissue.

Some hair restoration specialists offer artificial hair grafts among their services, and market them as transplants. Unlike transplanted hair, these artificial grafts do not grow, cannot be cut, and deteriorate after a period of about 10 years.

Strictly speaking, however, the medical definition of a transplant involves the extraction of tissue from a donor or donor site and its insertion in another.

The science of hair transplant surgery has a rich history.

Why Do People Get Hair Transplant Surgery

To say that people go to great lengths to keep their hair looking presentable would be a vast understatement. Cultures around the world treat hair as a status symbol and a core aesthetic feature, and people have been concerned with maintaining it since the early days of civilization.

Examples of Hair Throughout the Ages

 
In ancient times, Egyptians did not only style their hair; they also used artificial hair in the form of wigs and extensions.
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In the Middle Ages, the tonsure was a requirement among Christian monks who wanted to profess their faith.
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Today, the world is expected to spend upwards of 80 billion dollars on hair care products –for the period of 2018 alone.
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Given how important hair has been throughout human history, it’s no surprise that there’s been an age-old scramble to find a solution to hair loss. People who are tired of suffering in silence have tried lifestyle changes, oils, and shampoos – all to limited or no success.

In certain cases, people who are unsatisfied with the results of a certain hair transplant method opt to try out more advanced procedures.

In the simplest terms, people undergo hair transplant surgery to regain the confidence they lost to thinning hair and baldness.

What Does a Hair Transplant Look Like?

There are many forms of hair transplant surgery; we specialize in a procedure called DHI, or direct hair implantation. Every hair transplant procedure carried out by a DHI clinic takes place across three stages: diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.

Diagnosis

Patients first undergo DHI’s Unique Diagnostic System for Alopecia (UDSA) to determine the specifics of their case. Every patient has a unique set of psychological, mathematical, medical, and artistic factors that are considered when designing their unique treatment plans.

DHI uses an expertly designed micro camera to examine the scalp for signs of alopecia.

DHI uses an expertly designed micro camera to examine the scalp for signs of alopecia.

Find out if a hair transplant is right for you

Treatment

After the patient is diagnosed, treatment can begin. The DHI method uses patented, high-precision instruments to transplant up to 10,000 hairs in a single session.

Unlike other hair transplant procedures, direct hair implantation involves extraction of one follicular unit at a time. This means that no unsightly scars or holes are created as a result of the procedure.

Also unlike other treatments on the market, DHI transplants are conducted by an internationally accredited doctor from start to finish, and no automated machinery is involved in the process. This means that every follicle is preserved and implanted with absolute precision, preventing the common issues associated with other procedures.

While the two share common roots, DHI is a very different type of procedure from FUE:

 
DHI does not use motorized tools, allowing for total precision with the help of a specialized doctor.
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DHI stores its grafts in Hypothermosol™, which is what gives DHI procedures a 97% follicle survival rate as compared to FUE (50-90%).
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DHI’s trademark implanters make sure that follicles are never handled by hands or gloves, as latex can disturb the tissue.
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The DHI Total Care System does not end with treatment. Instead, patients are given full support during their recovery period: they’re given post-treatment check-ups, prescribed the right medication, and encouraged to call the clinic with any concerns they might have while recovering.

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Results

The results of a successful DHI procedure are lasting and transformative. Long-time sufferers of hair loss get to experience full hair restoration and enjoy naturally thicker, stronger, and more permanent hair.

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International model Robson Costa is one of many patients whose personal and professional lives were transformed by DHI Philippines.

Life after a successful hair transplant is never the same.

Are Hair Transplants Safe?

We can’t speak for every hair transplant clinic, but side effects are virtually unheard of among DHI clinics and their patients.

This is thanks in large part to the DHI Global Medical Group’s success at introducing standard operating procedures across all of its clinics. With the help of its research advisory board, DHI stays up-to-date with the latest innovations and best practices in providing medical solutions to hair loss.

As a result, DHI Philippines can guarantee its patients the safest, cleanest, and most professional hair restoration services.

How Much Does A Hair Transplant Cost?

DHI Philippines offers a competitive rate for premium hair restoration, with direct hair implantation treatments beginning at PHP150,000 per thousand grafts. Since each patient undergoes a unique care program, your rate may vary - the best way to find out the cost of a procedure is always to schedule an appointment.

A DHI procedure guarantees your money’s worth in service. Our costs cover the exclusive use of top-of-the-line medical facilities and equipment, as well as the undivided attention of our in-house specialists.

Ever wondered why hair transplants cost what they do?

Conclusion

Hair transplant surgery is more than just a life-changing procedure. It’s also a fascinating subject with a rich history and a wealth of scientific insights to support it.

You’ll be sure to learn a thing or two from the guides and articles we’ve written for this Info Series:

 
What is a Hair Transplant?
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The History of Hair Transplant Surgery
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What Causes Hair Loss?
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How to Tell if You Need a Hair Transplant
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What Does a Hair Transplant Procedure Cost?
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What Happens During a Hair Transplant Procedure?
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If you think a hair transplant procedure is right for you, we’re more than happy to set you up.

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