DHI, FUE or IFA hair transplant: which method to choose?

Alopecia, also called baldness, affects about 70% of men . Sometimes this hair loss is barely noticeable, but sometimes it is very noticeable and becomes a complex. To remedy this and have thick, thick hair, the best solution is DHI, FUE, FUT or IFA hair transplantation . But what do these acronyms mean? What is the most effective method? Here is more information about all the hair transplant methods that have emerged over time, and the results they achieve.

The different grafting methods and their specificities

FUE or FUE 2 SAFE hair transplant

FUE stands for “Follicular Unit Extraction”, which can be translated as “follicular unit extraction”. It is to date the most advanced method in terms of hair transplantation, since it consists of removing the hair follicles one by one with a dedicated medical instrument. Once removed, these follicles are analyzed and cleaned before being re-implanted into the recipient area. The FUE 2 SAFE method is the new version of the FUE method, which allows the transplant to be performed without pain and without scars . It is this method that is applied by our clinic, today having the greatest benefit for the patient.

FUT hair transplant

The acronym FUT stands for “Follicular Unit Transplantation”. This method, developed in the early 1990s, is also called the “strip method”. Why this name? Quite simply because the intervention consists of taking a strip of scalp from a donor area and then implanting it in a recipient area. This technique is still practiced although it is disappearing because it is very invasive: it leaves permanent scars, in addition to being painful for the patient.

IFA hair transplant

What distinguishes the IFA (Automated Follicular Implantation) method from other methods such as DHI or FUE hair transplantation is the fact that the extraction and implantation are performed by a machine . Here, it is not the surgeon who implants the follicular units one by one on the recipient area: it is the machine that takes care of it. If this may seem revolutionary, it is a technique that is not very successful. The reason is simple: the machine acts automatically and follows a program. She does not have the delicacy and sense of observation of a surgeon who can adapt his work to each patient.

DHI hair transplant

The DHI hair transplant , “Direct Hair Implantation”, or “direct hair implantation”, is a rather recent method and is similar to the FUE method: the hair follicles are extracted one by one from the donor area . The DHI hair transplant method is similar to the FUE 2 SAFE technique. However, it does not allow to implant as much hair as with the FUE method. Indeed, it is here necessary to be satisfied with a graft of 2,500 to 3,000 follicles maximum, which is not always sufficient to obtain a dense and natural result. If the DHI hair transplant is painless and does not leave scars, it is nevertheless longer and therefore more expensive than the FUE 2 SAFE method.

Which hair transplant method to choose?

In view of all this information, it seems obvious that the FUE 2 SAFE method is the most interesting. Very minimally invasive, this technique does not cause pain or scarring . It makes it possible to implant a large number of hairs in a single day of intervention . Its cost is therefore reduced, compared to a DHI hair transplant which requires more time to implant fewer hair follicles. The advantage of such a minimally invasive method is that when you leave the clinic, you can go straight back to your activities. The anesthesia is local and there is no need for recovery time since no incision is made in the scalp .

Finally, the FUE 2 SAFE method being performed by an expert surgeon in this field, it is quite possible to come and redo a transplant performed with another method and which would not have brought you complete satisfaction. For more information, do not hesitate to complete our contact form or call us. We will be happy to answer all your questions about DHI, FUE or even FUT hair transplantation.