Beard Transplant Techniques
DHI for Beard Transplant
DHI or direct hair implantation is a relatively new hair restoration technique that works on the same principles as FUE. This technique is also called a “Micro-FUE” due to similarities. With DHI, no incisions or cuts are necessary in the scalp region, instead the doctor will use small micro punches with a diameter of 1 mm or less. Given the size of these micro-punches, direct hair implantation is a minimally invasive procedure, with no visible scars remaining in the donor area. With direct hair implantation, hair follicles from the donor area are extracted one by one before transfer, ensuring that they don’t get damaged in the process. The procedure itself can only be performed by a highly trained hair restoration specialist in order to ensure its results. Once all the required hair follicles are collected, they can be implanted in the beard area with a process similar to FUE. Reception holes are created in the beard area and the hair follicles can be implanted.
FUE for Beard Transplant
Follicular Unit Extraction or simply FUE is another widely used beard transplant technique where a punch is used to harvest hair follicles from the donor area. The punch is centred around a single hair follicle or group of follicles, creating a circular micro-incision. This technique will leave the patient with small holes in the donor area – these holes usually heal in a couple of weeks, leaving small white scars once the recovery period is fully ended. After enough hair follicles are extracted from the donor area, the doctor will start implanting them into the beard region. Follicular unit extraction is a great option for patients since it is a minimally invasive technique and patients are able to resume their work quite quickly. The only disadvantage of this technique is the fact that it’s more expensive than other beard restoration procedures, namely FUT. The survival rate of transplanted hair follicles can also be lower than with other techniques, but this is dependent on the skill of the doctor performing the procedure. Picking an experienced beard transplant specialist will help minimise any risks associated with the procedure.
FUT for Beard Transplant
Follicular Unit Transplant or simply FUT is a traditional procedure used for hair restoration. This procedure is still used by certain hospitals and doctors around the world. The procedure begins with outlining a narrow strip of the scalp region – the back of the patients head to be precise. This area is rarely affected by alopecia and hair follicles from this region are generally healthier with a better chance of surviving the transplant. A microscope is used to remove the hair follicles from the donor strip – these follicles are divided into units made up of one to three hair follicles. Once this part of the procedure is complete, the incisions in the scalp can be closed and transplantation of the follicles can begin. Follicular unit transplant procedures are usually more affordable since the extraction phase is not so time consuming. Patients with short hair should opt for a different technique since this procedure will leave a long scar along the back of the patient’s head. Also, patients predisposed to keloid scarring should consider a different type of surgery.
This content is written and reviewed by our medical content team in January, 2019.