What is DHI?

Direct Hair Implantation also known as DHI is an advanced technique of hair transplantation that focuses on the direct extraction and implantation of hair follicles.

This method uses a specialized tool called the DHI implanter, allowing for precise control over the depth, direction, and angle of each implanted hair follicle. The procedure is characterized by its minimally invasive nature, reducing the time the follicles spend outside the body, which potentially increases the survival rate of the transplanted hair.

DHI does not require the creation of pre-made slits in the recipient area, which means there’s less bleeding and trauma to the scalp. As a result, patients can expect a quicker recovery time and less postoperative discomfort compared to traditional methods. The precision of the DHI method in Toronto also allows for higher density planting, providing a more natural-looking hairline and aesthetic outcome for the patient. 

Despite these advantages, the success of DHI heavily relies on the skill and experience of the surgeon. It requires meticulous attention to detail to ensure the natural-looking results and high survival rate of the follicles. This is where the expertise of specialized clinics, like our experts at Nova Medical Hair Transplant in Toronto, comes into play, leveraging years of experience to optimize outcomes.

How DHI Works in Toronto

In Toronto, Direct Hair Implantation (DHI) begins with a detailed consultation where our hair restoration experts assess your hair loss and discuss your desired outcome. A personalized plan is crafted, focusing on achieving a natural-looking hairline and density. 

The scalp is then prepared, and local anesthesia is applied to ensure comfort throughout the procedure. During DHI, hair follicles are individually extracted from the donor area with precision and then directly implanted into the target area using a specialized DHI implanter pen. This method allows for exceptional control over the placement, angle, and depth of each follicle, promising a natural and aesthetically pleasing result. 

After the procedure, patients receive comprehensive aftercare instructions to support healing and hair growth, with follow-up appointments to monitor their progress. The initial signs of growth are visible within a few months, with the full impact of the restoration evident after 9-12 months, showcasing a denser and revitalized hairline.


While DHI (Direct Hair Implantation) and FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) are both modern hair transplantation techniques offering minimally invasive options for patients, there are distinct differences between the two methods, each with its own set of advantages.

FUE involves the careful individual extraction of hair follicles from the donor area, typically the back of the head, which are then implanted into the recipient areas. This method is known for its ability to leave minimal scarring and offers a quicker recovery period compared to older transplantation techniques. FUE has been the gold standard for hair restoration due to its versatility and effectiveness.

DHI, on the other hand, refines the FUE process by directly implanting the extracted follicles into the scalp without the need for creating holes beforehand. This approach allows for more precise placement of the hairs, potentially leading to a denser and more natural-looking outcome. However, DHI requires more specialized skills and tools and tends to be more time-consuming and costly than FUE.

At Nova Medical Hair Transplant in Toronto, we’ve taken the best aspects of both DHI and FUE to develop a superior hair transplantation method. Our technique combines the precision and natural results of DHI with the efficiency and versatility of FUE. Our years of experience, board-certified surgeons and innovative approach allows us to tailor the procedure to each individual’s needs, ensuring optimal hair density and natural growth patterns. This unique methodology sets us apart, offering our patients enhanced results with minimal discomfort and recovery time.  

Hair Transplant Overview

Hair is the crowning glory of every human being. As the most noticeable body part, every person makes an effort in grooming their locks to boost their looks and overall confidence.

But not everyone is happy with how their hair looks. Some people experience hair thinning, and hair loss or baldness caused by different factors such as aging, stress, health problems, and genetic conditions. If only we live in a world free from prejudice, it wouldn’t matter. But since there are social stigmas that relate baldness with aging, loss of vigour, and unattractiveness, somehow, it degrades a person and causes them to lose confidence and the courage to face other people.

If you are a man, of course, you wouldn’t want to hear about women who are uninterested in dating bald men. And if you’re a woman, you wouldn’t want other people to wonder why your top is visibly thinning. Therefore, it’s a serious matter.

Well, you don’t need to suffer and endure the feeling of seeing how gradually you are losing your hair, or wait until it’s all gone. When you notice there’s something wrong, consult a doctor right away for them to give you the best solution – hair transplant.

Since the 1950s, doctors have used hair transplants to fill the area of the head that is bald or has thin hair. It has been proven that the procedure is safe and effective for both men and women.

In contrast to other dermatological clinics these days, our surgeon at Nova Medical Hair Transplant in Toronto prefers a “boutique” style approach to hair transplant to ensure comfort and effectiveness of the procedure.

We always make sure to use the most appropriate technique for a successful procedure. Many of our clients have testified how the surgery helped them gain back their self-confidence, and how natural-looking their hair make them happy.

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What is FUE?

FUE, or Follicular Unit Extraction, involves harvesting hair strands from the scalp’s back without leaving a linear scar. Instead of a scar, this method uses a 1-millimetre punch blade to extract tiny micrografts, leaving only minuscule, nearly invisible scars.

As a result, hair at the back of the head can be trimmed very short without revealing any signs of micrografting. While the graft harvesting process is time-intensive, the outcomes justify the effort.

FUE is particularly suited for younger individuals, African-Americans, and those with limited donor hair. It’s also the preferred choice for patients seeking to grow facial hair such as beards, mustaches, sideburns, thick eyebrows, and other facial hair.

What is FUT?

FUT stands for Follicular Unit Transplantation, a method where a strip of hair is removed from the back of the head. During the procedure this area is carefully closed and sutured to minimize scarring. The harvested hair, typically comprising 1 to 4 strands per micrograft, is then transplanted to the balding areas of the scalp.

This transplantation is done with precision, mimicking the natural growth pattern of hair, ensuring the final result looks completely natural.

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Hair Transplant
Procedure Overview

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The journey to a hair transplant procedure begins with your decision to undergo a hair transplant in Toronto. The first thing you need to do is to choose the right medical facility. It is important to ensure that the procedure will be taken care of by a professional board-certified plastic surgeon, who knows exactly what’s best for the patient’s specific hair condition.

With Nova Medical Hair Transplant Toronto’s fully accredited and on-site operating room, you can expect the highest standards of safety, sterility, and comfortable environment for your hair transplant experience. And with our doctors expertise, you are in good hands.

In the initial consultation, our experts will engage in a thorough yet approachable conversation to understand your specific hair concerns. This includes examining any previous hair transplantation you’ve had, reviewing the hair care products you currently use, and assessing your overall medical history, including any medications you are on.

We will then perform a physical exam to know the pattern of hair loss. The hair’s quality, such as the texture, thickness, and colour will be in consideration to assess if you are eligible for surgery. If you are eligible, you will be scheduled for the hair transplant procedure.

The operation usually starts early in the morning. You will most likely need to change into a comfortable gown, slippers, and nice plush robe as you prepare yourself for the operation.

There will be a final consultation on how the procedure will take place and what you can expect. This is when the doctor will discuss with you the overall goals or the objectives of the hair transplant.

The next step involves determining the hairline design – whether to restore the existing hairline or create a new one. Emphasis is placed on achieving a natural look, with precise measurements taken to ensure symmetry. Additionally, the staff will capture photographs of your hair to serve as further reference and for before-and-after comparisons.

Once everything is set, the actual hair transplant procedure will take place. If the procedure is the follicular unit extraction or FUE, the hair at the back will be shaved to a military-cut style. If it’s a strip technique, it is only needed to trim the area where the doctors can harvest the strip.

After that, you will be transferred to the procedure room for the injection of local anesthesia. Once the scalp is anesthetized, the surgeon will then carry on with harvesting the grafts. If the procedure is follicular unit grafting or FUG, it requires the harvesting of each hair follicle one at a time through heavy magnification.

Every single graft is hand-selected and picked out to ensure only the best graft will be used for the transplant. If it’s a strip technique, the surgeon has to harvest the strip with excellent surgical precision and then suture the incision back together.

While at this stage, most experts will recommend their patients to bring and do something to entertain themselves like bringing earbuds and a phone to listen to their favourite music or podcasts. You can do the same, or if you like, this is also the best time to catch a nap.

Once the grafts are all harvested, the team performing the procedure will examine each graft under a microscope to make sure that every single graft has excellent quality. Then, the procedure will resume in the transplant room with the actual transplanting of these grafts.

This technique is commonly called “stick and plant,” which means that every graft has corresponding holes and there are no unnecessary holes made to make it easier to stick and plant the hair. The planting of the grafts needs to be precise, well-thought-of and put in the right location to get as natural results as possible.

You will be sitting back in a reclined chair to relax during this stage. As soon as the procedure is finished, you will realize how easy and pain-free the overall procedure was. You’re welcome to read our patient’s journeys and reviews to learn more by visiting our clinic’s listing.

Hair Transplant Recovery & Hair Growth

After the procedure, patients should not worry about leaving the clinic with bandages on their heads as it is typically unnecessary. All patients who underwent a hair transplant in Toronto will instantly feel and experience their fuller locks.

In terms of medication, patients need to take antibiotics and medicine to lessen the chance of swelling, especially in the first three days after the procedure. For the first two nights, mild pain pills are also recommended to make sleeping more comfortable.

Most patients can also go back to work and their day-to-day activities with zero downtime. Washing the hair after the surgery won’t be a problem as long as it is taken with extra care.

For other physical activities like swimming, strenuous exercises, and weight lifting, patients have to wait for about one to two weeks.

For the growth of the transplanted hairs, it will be noticeable within four to six months. To hasten the growth, most patients use Minoxidil, a topical solution for hair growth. By applying it every night, you can expect fast growth of the transplanted hair. 

The full effect of the hair transplant procedure will take place within 12 to 18 months, and hair will continue to grow for a lifetime.

Hair Transplant Toronto FAQs

What causes hair loss?

The most common reason behind hair loss and baldness is a genetic condition. It is hereditary and can occur during the early twenties for both men and women.

Other causes may include autoimmune disorders such as alopecia areata or lupus. Major events like surgery, pregnancy (especially those who had C-section), and weight loss. 

Those who are also suffering from skin conditions like psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis can also have hair loss or hair thinning. Iron deficiency is also found out to be one of the causes.

People who love to style their hair and use excessive heating and frequent colouring can suffer from hair loss and baldness as well.

How does a hair transplant work?

There are two main types of procedure used for hair transplant: Follicular Unit Grafting or FUG, and Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE. The FUG involves harvesting small strips of follicles, which are typically from the back of the head to lessen visible scars. These follicles are separated and transplanted to the balding areas.

During FUE, the follicles are extracted one at a time. A special device with a one-millimetre blade is used to extract the single follicles. Instead of a linear scar, the procedure results in tiny pinpoint scars that are imperceptible. The follicles are then transplanted to the problem areas.

How long does it take to complete a hair transplant?

It depends on the type of hair transplant procedure, whether it is FUG or FUE, and the number of hair follicles that need for the transplantation.

The procedure can last for a minimum of two to four hours and a maximum of five to seven hours.

For some severe cases, the whole procedure can slip up over two days.

What is the success rate for hair transplant?

Hair transplants that undergo modern and advanced medical procedures, and performed by an experienced and respected dermatological surgeon can have a high success rate of 95%. 

When can I expect hair growth after the transplant?

After the transplant, the hair does takes time to grow, so you have to be patient. Everyone has different hair growth rates and the average period to see actual growth is about four to eight months. For more noticeable growth and results, you need to wait for 12 to 18 months before you can visibly see it.

What is the recovery process like?

Contrary to what others believe, recovery for hair transplant surgery is not as painful as most people think. Most people say that a dentist appointment is much more painful than their recovery.

Redness and discomfort on the scalp is normal after the procedure, however, it will subside within one to two days. The risk of infection is also low and there are only a few complications reported associated with hair transplants.

Right after the procedure, the moment you go home, you can take a shower immediately and you won’t feel any sort of pain or discomfort. But, avoid shampooing and vigorous scrubbing for at least a few days to make sure there will be no complications.

After four days, you can start gently washing your hair. Then after a week, you can now go back to your usual hair bathing with your favourite shampoo.

You can also resume your day job usually only one to two days after the procedure. As long as you avoid strenuous activities like lifting heavy objects and intense physical workouts for about a week, you are good to go.

How many sessions are required for hair transplants?

The number of sessions required depends on your specific condition and the extent of baldness. While some patients may achieve their desired results in just one session, others may require two or three sessions. Additionally, it’s possible for a patient to return for subsequent sessions in future years if they experience further hair loss.

Are the transplanted hairs permanent?

The good news is, yes, the hair transplanted in the balding areas will remain permanent. This is the reason why hair transplantation is indeed an effective way to prevent hair loss or baldness.

Can I have someone else's hair transplanted?

The answer, unfortunately, is no because your body would reject the hair from the donor. The hair needs to come from you for effective results.

How many transplanted hairs would survive as time passes?

When hair transplantation is performed accurately, there is a high likelihood, over 95%, that the transplanted hair will remain in place and continue to grow for an extended period.

Does the implanted hair look natural?

Leave behind the outdated outcomes where implanted hair appeared ‘pluggy’ or wig-like. Modern advancements in hair restoration, particularly the use of follicular unit micrografts, ensure that the implanted hair now looks completely natural.

Will there be any visible scars?

Rest assured, there will be no visible scars around the transplanted hair area with FUE. However, fine lines may be present in the harvested area, concealed within your hair. The FUE procedure is a more suitable option for patients wanting minimal scarring.

How long is a recovery time after procedure?

The recovery only takes less than 24 hours for most people. The following day after your surgery, you can resume your typical day-to-day activities, but you still need to avoid strenuous ones. Please wait for about one to two weeks of recovery before going back to your normal lifestyle.

Is a hair transplant worth it?

It’s worth it! If you have been suffering from hair loss for years now, undergoing a hair transplant procedure will be the best decision you will make for yourself.

Does hair transplant surgery hurt?

The answer is, good news, it does not hurt. Most patients who undergo the process feel comfortable and pain-free. With the help of a local anesthetic and mild oral sedatives, you won’t be able to feel any kind of pain.

Consider also the clinic’s facilities, the environment during your consultation, and the hospitality of the staff. These factors contribute to ensuring you have an enjoyable and comfortable experience throughout the entire process—before, during, and after your operation.

Is it safe for me to drive home after the procedure?

It would be great if you have someone accompanying you, say, a family member, or a friend, who can drive you home after the procedure. Since you will be receiving oral sedation, you may feel drowsy, and it would not be safe if you will be alone driving.

How soon can I wash my hair after the transplant?

You can wash your hair gently 48 hours after the transplant, using a mild shampoo and avoiding direct water pressure on the transplanted area.

Can others notice I had a hair transplant surgery?

This is one of the concerns of those who are still deciding to undergo the surgery or not. To give you an idea, after the surgery, you will have some tiny scabbing in the transplanted area that can last for five to seven days.

If you have longer hair, it can be concealed well. But if not, you can try wearing a cap or other hair accessories until the scabs become less visible.

Can I use Rogaine/Propecia?

If ever you are using Rogaine for your hair loss treatment and later on decide to undergo hair transplantation, it is recommended to stop using it two days before the scheduled procedure. You can continue the usage seven days afterward. In the case of Propecia, you can continue using it before or after the procedure.

Is it okay for my hair to be exposed to the sun?

No, you should protect your scalp after the surgery. It is recommended to protect your head from long and direct exposure to the sun for three months after the hair transplant Toronto surgery.


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