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FUE with Implanter (DHI)

Best practice for denser results

FUE with Implanter, also known as Direct Hair Implantation (DHI), is a novel technique and is considered best practice in modern hair transplantation. The procedure involves extracting strong, permanent hair from the back of the head (Donor area) and implanting them on the desired area (Recipient area) just like in FUE and FUT, but the hair follicles are directly implanted into the skin using a specially designed ‘Implanter’ device. Implanters are used during the implantation phase of the procedure instead of metal forceps used in standard practice. Its use in hair transplant significantly reduces the amount of mechanical trauma hair grafts experience during the transplantation process, improving their survival through the surgery.

At Bangkok Hair Clinic, we use Lion Implanters that are imported from South Korea as they are widely recognized and used by top surgeons around the world. They are known for their gentle grip of hair grafts and for creating smaller incisions.

FUE with Implanter (DHI) procedure

Advantages of FUE with Implanter (DHI)

  • Increased survival of hair follicles by 10-15%
  • Denser, more natural results
  • Shorter operative time
  • Virtually painless during and after transplantation
  • Small incision wounds mean reduced recovery time

What are Lion Implanters

Lion Implanters are a specifically designed device imported from South Korea used in hair transplantation. They imitate the appearance of a pen and have a slit at its tip for the insertion of grafts. Lion implanters can be used for hair, eyebrow, or beard transplant, and can be incorporated as part of FUE and FUT procedures.

Who is FUE with Implanter (DHI) suitable for

FUE with Implanter (DHI) is recommended for all patients who may have a reduced graft survival rate due to their pre-existing conditions or co-morbidities. It is important to discuss with your doctor if you have any of these conditions:

  • Smoking
  • Skin or scalp conditions
  • Older age
  • Having never taken medication to treat hairloss
  • Previous hair transplant procedure
Customised hairline for patient 9 months after FUE with Implanter procedure

How long does FUE with Implanter (DHI) take

Using this technique, the total length of time for each case is usually less than 6 hours, though this does vary depending on each patient’s needs. We aim to complete the procedure in a timely manner as grafts must be re-implanted as soon as possible to reduce the ‘out-of-body’ time and improve survival rates. 

Is FUE with Implanter (DHI) safe

FUE with Implanter helps protect hair grafts from mechanical trauma and have consistently shown better appearance and success rate compared to standard FUE procedures. The procedure is very safe and are carried out globally everyday for over 30 years. There are however risks of surgery and all patients must discuss these risks with their transplant surgeons at Bangkok Hair Clinic.

Lion Implanters used by Bangkok Hair Clinic


Question: How many days until the results of permanent hair transplantation can be seen?
Generally, for FUE, DHI (FUE with Implanter), and FUT hair transplantation, hair will begin to grow on the scalp and become noticeable within about 6-9 months after the procedure. After that, with proper care, the newly grown hair can last permanently.

Question: What is the density of the transplanted hair?
For our permanent hair transplantation service, the density of the transplanted hair is between 30-50 grafts per square centimeter, according to international standards. This level of density is achievable due to the use of the Micrograft technique in every treatment case.

Pre-procedural instruction before FUE with Implanter (DHI):

Avoid shellfish, fermented foods, and alcoholic beverages 1 week prior to the procedure

Stop oral medication, vitamins or supplements that affect blood coagulation (e.g. blood thinners, Vitamin C) 2 weeks to 1 month prior to the procedure. Please ask if you are unsure.

Avoid curling, perming or colouring your hair 1 month prior to the procedure

Avoid smoking cigarettes at least 2 weeks prior to the procedure

Ensure plenty of rest the night before

Drink lots of water

No tea or coffee on the day of the procedure

Wear a buttoned shirt on the day of the procedure

Post-procedural instruction after FUE with Implanter (DHI):

No rubbing, scrubbing, scratching or the transplanted area for 2 weeks

Do not bend down below your waist area

Avoid consuming alcohol or smoking for at least 1 week

Continue to wear the given headband for 4-7 days after the procedure to prevent any facial swelling. You should not remove the headband any longer than 20-30 minutes each day

Sleep on a high pillow or two pillows for at least 1 week after the procedure

You may go for a short walk or carry out gentle exercise that do not cause sweating.

Do not get a hair cut or dye your hair for 1 month after the procedure.

Please eat foods that are rich in nutrients including proteins, fibres and vitamins and minerals. Do not try to follow any strict diet regimen.

Take oral medication as prescribed by our doctors

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