Hair Transplant Methods: Understanding FUE, DHI, and Sapphire FUE

Hair loss can be a challenging experience for many individuals, but hair transplant surgery offers a potential solution. In this blog, we’ll explore three of the most popular hair transplant methods, FUE, DHI, and Sapphire FUE, and discuss the pros and cons of each. We’ll also provide a list of 15 essential questions to ask during your initial consultation with a hair transplant surgeon to help you make an informed decision.

Rafael D. Mikhrali

3/4/2023 – 2 min read

Are you one of the many people who struggle with hair loss? It can be a frustrating and even embarrassing experience. Fortunately, hair transplant surgery is a safe and effective solution for many people. If you’re considering a hair transplant, you may have come across terms like FUE, DHI, and Sapphire FUE. But what do these terms mean, and which method is right for you?

FUE, or follicular unit extraction, is a popular hair transplant method that involves extracting individual hair follicles from the donor area and transplanting them to the recipient area. This method is minimally invasive and leaves no visible scars. FUE is a good option for those who want a shorter recovery time and minimal discomfort.

DHI, or direct hair implantation, is similar to FUE, but with a few key differences. With DHI, the hair follicles are extracted and implanted in the recipient area using a specialized tool that creates tiny incisions. This allows for more precise placement of the hair follicles and can result in a denser, more natural-looking hairline.

Sapphire FUE is a newer variation of FUE that uses a special sapphire blade to make the incisions for implanting the hair follicles. This blade is thinner and more precise than traditional metal blades, which can result in less trauma to the scalp and a quicker recovery time.

When considering which hair transplant method is right for you, it’s important to consult with an experienced hair transplant surgeon. During your consultation, be sure to ask questions about the surgeon’s experience and qualifications. Ask to see before and after photos of previous patients, and inquire about the surgeon’s approach to determining which method is right for you.

It all starts with asking the right questions. When you have your initial consultation regarding hair loss treatment, the first thing to ensure is that you are meeting with a doctor, not simply a “consultant.” Then, consider asking some or all of these 15 questions:

  1. How long have you been practicing hair transplant surgery?
  2. What is the total number of hair transplant surgeries you have performed to date?
  3. Did you complete your residency training in dermatology or surgery?
  4. Where did you receive your medical or hair transplant surgery training?
  5. Are you a licensed medical doctor?
  6. Have you been certified by any board, and if so, which one?
  7. Do you regularly present or publish research on hair transplantation surgery?
  8. What types of hair transplant surgeries are you experienced in performing?
  9. How do you determine which hair transplant procedure would be most appropriate for my needs?
  10. Do you charge per procedure, per follicular unit, or per follicle?
  11. Are payment plans available for your hair transplant services?
  12. If I live outside the area, is it possible to receive an evaluation or quote without an in-person visit? Or, do you offer package plans for non-local patients?
  13. Can you show me before and after pictures of previous patients who have undergone hair transplant surgery?
  14. Are there any former patients I could contact to learn more about their experience and results?
  15. Why do you believe you are the right hair transplant surgeon for me?

By asking these questions, and getting satisfactory and thorough answers from an experienced hair transplant surgeon, you can make the right choice and be well on your way to restoring your hair and appearance.