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What is alopecia?

Alopecia is the partial or complete absence of hair from areas of the body where it normally grows.

Which are the principal causes of hair loss in men?

By far the most common cause of hair loss in men is Androgenetic Alopecia, which occurs due to the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) acting on genetically-susceptible scalp hair follicles that causes them to become progressively smaller and eventually disappear. This process is called miniaturization. Other causes can be stress, scalp bacteria, poor nutrition, or hormonal imbalance amongst others.

Which are the types of alopecia?

The various types of alopecia are:

  1. Androgenic Alopecia is a genetic condition that can affect both men and women.  Men with this condition can begin suffering hair loss as early as their teens or early 20s. It’s characterized by a receding hairline and gradual disappearance of hair from the crown and frontal scalp.  
  2. Alopecia Areata is a common autoimmune disorder that often results in unpredictable hair loss.  It occurs when the immune system attacks and mistakenly destroys healthy hair follicles. It can be identified quickly due to the shape of baldness, which is most often seen as coin sized patches.
  3. Traction Alopecia is a gradual hair loss caused primarily by pulling force being applied to the hair. This commonly occurs when the sufferer frequently wears their hair in a particularly tight ponytail, pigtails, or braids.
  4. Scarring or cicatricial Alopecia can be caused by a diverse group of rare disorders that destroy the hair follicle, replace it with scar tissue, which cause permanent hair loss.
  5. Telogen Effluvium is a form of temporary hair loss that usually happens after stress, a shock, or a traumatic event. It usually occurs in women on the top of the scalp.  

What is the main cause of hairloss in women?

Androgenic alopecia is the main cause of hairloss in women.  When women go through different stages in life such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopause amongst others and their hormones play an important role when it comes to hair loss. We also cannot leave aside the chemicals that are constantly used on the hair, such as dyes and the particular tight hair styling such as ponytails or braids.

Is the DHI procedure painless?

The DHI procedure is painless, local anesthesia is used for the follicle extraction phase and for the implantation phase as well. It is a pleasant procedure where the patient can relax, listen to music, watch TV, and even nap during the procedure.

How long does the procedure take?

It’s important to remember that there are some variants that can reduce or prolong the length of the procedure for example, the amount of hair follicles to be extracted, and the quality of the hairs in the donor area. The maximum amount of time there is for the extraction phase is 4 hours and the implantation phase 3 hours, for a maximum amount of 7 hours depending on the amount of hairs to be implanted.

How long is the medical consultation?

The duration is approximately one hour.

Does the DHI transplant procedure leave scars?

Our procedure is the most delicate hair transplant method, it does not require the use of scalpels or stitches and has no cuts, therefore leaving no visible scarring. We always recommend not cutting the hair in the donor area less than a number 2 with the hair clipper because some patients present white tiny circles where the follicles were extracted.

How long will it take to see results?

You will start noticing improvement within 3 to 4 months, but the complete results take up to a year.

How long does hair grow?

Human hair grows between 1mm to 3mm a day and 10cm to 15cm a year.

How long does it take for the donor area to heal?

The donor area takes up to 7 days to heal without any scars.

What precautions should be taken post procedure?

  1. Driving is not recommended after the procedure.
  2. Spray saline solution the first 3 days every 30 minutes except when sleeping.
  3. Wash head as indicated by the specialist, preferably come to the clinic for the washes.
  4. A soft hat (dry fit) can be used after the 3rd day of the procedure.
  5. The scabs will be taken off on the 7th day after the procedure. You will observe the implanted hair immediately.
  6. Avoid intense exercise the first month. After the first 15 days you can walk or use the elliptical machine. After a month you can go back to your regular exercise routine.
  7. Avoid direct sun exposure during the first month.

Can I redesign my frontal hairline, as it was previously?

Yes, we use the best hair implantation technique which allows our doctors to create and redesign a frontal hairline with a natural appearance.

Will I be seen by a doctor?

Yes, all the hair implant procedures are performed by highly qualified and trained doctors by the DHI Hair Restoration Academy.

Does DHI perform beard implants?

Yes, we offer an exclusive beard implant service, which can be done in different areas such as the mustache, goatee, cheeks, fill in some holes or even implant the complete beard in cases where the person doesn’t have any or very little facial hair. This is one of the most popular treatments in our clinic.

How much does a DHI implant cost?

Each patient unique, with individual requirements, so we prefer not to provide a quote or an estimate without having performed an examination and provided an accurate diagnosis. DHI can be 20% more expensive than FUE, but has a consistent hair survival rate of up to 97%.