DHI Choi FUE, yay or nay?

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Recently, seeing as the demand on hair transplant is increasing, there has been a focus on the current medical equipment and methods and a need to progress and advance on what is available. For that reason, there has been an outbreak in advancements, enhancements, and variations on the standard FUE method. However, this does not necessarily translate to better results. Certain classes of variations might enhance on a particular aspect, but at the cost of another. So at what cost is DHI Choi FUE operating?

There is no doubt the popularity of the treatment. However, it is important to note that the prevalence, in no way, correlates to scientific evidence but mostly a result of desperate marketing. Below, we will discuss DHI Choi FUE in precise detail.

DHI Choi FUE process

DHI Choi is a technique that follows the standard FUE technique with a twirl. The process includes the standard procedure of the process: hair line design, extraction, channel opening, and implantation. The trick is that DHI Choi implements a pen-like a needle that simultaneously opens channels and loads follicular units (grafts) into the incisions as it is leaving.

To understand why DHI may not be your ideal treatment we have to understand the sensitivity of the grafts and the vigorous procedure of DHI. For a start, follicular units or grafts are cellular units extremely susceptible to damage.  As a result of their sensitivity, they need to be protected from various exogenous trauma. By exogenous trauma we mean, dehydration, hot temperatures, infection and most importantly mechnical trauma.  Consequently, for better results, the grafts have to be handled as delicately as possible. For that reason, most surgeons place the grafts in hypothermosol solutions directly after extraction. Hypothermosol hydrates the grafts by supplying grafts with essential nutrients and moisture. In addition, it preserves grafts in cool conditions and prevents the risk of infection. 

Disadvantages of DHI Choi FUE

As you can conclude from the talk above, there is one factor that hypothermosol cannot protect grafts from, and it is mechanical trauma. The entire success of a hair transplant depends on the number of grafts that can be extracted and implanted. With that being said, it is a critical factor that determines the success or failure of the surgery. For every person, there is a limit to how much donor hair you can extract and eventually implant. For that reason, handling grafts should be done in as delicate a manner as one possibly could.

It is in the gentle handling of the grafts that DHI Choi fails. For starters, nurses will have to load the graft into a pen. A risky process that in other hair transplant techniques could end by directly implanting the follicular units into the incisions. There is already a risk in loading the grafts into the pen-like needle, but allowing a machine to load the grafts into incisions, you are operating on a thin sheet of ice. The possibilities of something going wrong with the pen are endless. Given the small mistake tolerance of the surgery, is this really something you want to risk?

Advantages of DHI Choi FUE

There is no doubt the time merging two processes into one would save. Indeed, if you are looking for time efficiency over better results, DHI Choi is the choice for you. The argument most used to support DHI Choi is that it makes the process quicker by an average of one hour and thus leaves the grafts out of the body for shorter periods. We are not arguing against this point. True it is beneficial; however, it is not the only time efficient technique of hair transplantation. On the contrary, there are treatments that are both time-efficient and yield better results. For example, a technique known as sapphire FUE uses sapphire blades that are scientifically proved to be more time efficient and cut the process time by an hour. In other words, it handles the grafts delicately as should be while simultaneously cutting short the out-of-body-time period.

In conclusion

There is no doubt the increasing demand on hair transplantation that results in the growth in advancements of the current techniques. Although DHI Choi FUE is heavily marketed and advertised for, patients should never rely on ads alone to make a decision. Thankfully science exists to prove the actual efficiency of current techniques. According to science, DHI Choi poses a risk on the delicate grafts by exposing them to unnecessary action. Although the argument is often for a shorter out of body time for the grafts, this should not fool you.

There are a variety of techniques that are both time-efficient and yield better results. In a case like handling sensitive, delicate grafts, is a mechanical approach really the best? We call nay, science calls nay, but what do you call? The final decision is yours!

Contact us if you still have questions or need guidance. We are more than glad to assist you.


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