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[Resolved] DHI (Direct Hair Implantation) / Beware of DHI (Direct Hair Implantation)

1-5 India Review updated:

DHI is claiming to have a patented procedure (unique method) of hair replacement (hair transplant) in India.
The truth is that it is nothing but FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) method which is performed by several other doctors and companies in India and across the world. FUE method on its own have some serious limitations and once must learn them loud and clear!

DHI is claiming this procedure to be a Non-Surgical (Cosmetic) procedure.
It is a complete lie. The truth is that, it’s a Surgery performed by plastic surgeons after giving anaesthesia. It is a matter of common sense that without performing surgery how can a surgeon remove and plant follicles from and into human scalp!! Yes the surgeries in last 5 years have gone to a different level and its much more harmless and simpler but to call it Non-Surgical is a big huge fat lie!!

DHI is claiming this procedure to be a NO TOUCH procedure.
A big marketing gimmick and a blatant lie. How can anyone remove and plant follicles without a surgical equipment touching your scalp? Are they trying to say that they don’t touch your scalp with their hands? If yes, then wherever in the world FUE or FUT methods are performed all the doctors and companies plant follicles without touching your scalp with hands and only using surgical equipments anyways!!

DHI is claiming that there will be no scars.
All the doctors in India and abroad when they perform FUE method it create small dots and FUT method a fine line, there are no scars anyways. And the fine line or dots are only slightly visible if you shave your head so Its not something new or different what DHI is claiming or doing.

For anyone undergoing Hair Replacement (Hair Transplant) procedure the ultimate role is played by a Doctor more then a method or a company. Bottom line is how skilful, artistic and experienced the doctor is and how many surgeries the doctor has performed and what kind of final results he has achieved. That matters the most and not the method!! DHI has recruited 3-5 newly passed outs doctors in India to perform FUE method, who are only trained for 6 months and these doctors have no or very limited experience and track record! Do you want to risk a surgery with new kid on the block which will determine how will you eventually look for the rest of your life?!! Think twice!!!

Giving more importance to the Method then a Doctor!!
DHI (Direct Hair Implant) is a company and the procedure they perform is FUE method. By calling their procedure DHI procedure they are trying to misguide people of India. As they have Non-experience doctors, they are trying to promote FUE method as DHI method but they don’t tell any patients know as to which doctor would be performing the procedure!! Yet again, question of common sense that the maximum importance should be given to the Doctor, his experience, his track record, his own end results and many more areas related to his background and not to FUE method performed by DHI.

The biggest limitation of DHI and in what they perform which is FUE method is that in 1 session they are not able to plant more then 3, 000 hair! More then 90% doctors across the world disapprove FUE method and the reason is every human is born with approximately 100, 000 hair. The area which is prone to hair loss (Top of the head) has 50, 000 to 60, 000 hair. If a person has lost even 20% to 100% hair on top of his scalp that means (minimum of 15, 000 to 50, 000 hair), DHI can only give you 2500 to 3000 hair back!!! Million dollar question is that what about the remaining 12, 000 to 47, 000 hair??!! How will you get that back?!! Can 3, 000 hair compensate the actual requirement of 15, 000 or 50, 000 hair?!! How would you style your hair with 2500 to 3000 hair when the requirement is of 40, 000 to 50, 000 hair?

The other big limitation of DHI is they are only able to plant new hair through FUE (DHI method) where the follicles are dead in bald areas. They are not able to save your existing hair which you’re born with!!. So tomorrow if you get 3, 000 new hair, what about the areas where you still have your own natural hair? How will you save it? Tomorrow if you start losing your own hair, it will start developing very ugly looking patches on your scalp. The last thing you want is to have ugly looking patches on your scalp! Imagine your appearance with patchy scalp?!!!

DHI is hiding a very important point from all the clients and doing something which is highly unethical. In FUE method (So called DHI method), the wastage of follicles is minimum 20% to 25%. That means if they remove 100 hair follicles, they are planting only 75 to 80 hair on your scalp but they are hiding this from client. A minimum of 20% or more is wasted in the process and are not replanted! When a client is under anaesthesia, he does not realise what is removed and planted and what is wasted!! But when it comes to charging people they charge people on the basis of what they have removed, and not on the basis of what they have planted!! That means if 3, 000 follicles are removed, less then 2400 are planted and 600 or more are wasted but you’re asked to pay for 3, 000 which is highly unethical.

From a client’s point of view every human has a limited amount of hair at the back of their head (donor area), which can be planted on the top of their scalp. So why would you want to waste 25% of your own follicles after they are removed which are priceless. At the same time why would you want to pay for something which is not even planted? Rather what is wasted?!!

Budget wise DHI is charging Rs.100 to Rs.150 per hair follicle. That means to get 3, 000 hair you will be spending a minimum of Rs. 3 lacs to 4 lacs but you will only get 2400 or less hair on top of your scalp. Lets go back to the fact that if you need 40, 000 to 50, 000 hair on top to restore your appearance and if you only get 2400 hair after spending more then 3 lacs, what results and satisfaction would you get? If you want 40, 000 hair, will you spend 40 to 60 lacs ($100, 000 USD)? Even if you want to spend 1 crore rupees to get a full head of hair, unfortunately no doctor and no company can remove and plant that many hair on top as clinically its proven that your donor area in 1 session of surgery will only allow 2500 to 3000 hair through FUE method and 5000 to 6000 hair through FUT method but not more. You can always do multiple sessions of surgeries but maximum through FUE method you can get 8, 000 to 9, 000 hair and FUT 9, 000 to 15, 000 hair but they cannot fulfil a requirement of 50, 000 hair.

Virendra Sehwag is DHI’s biggest lie on the basis of which people are misguided in 3 major areas.

- Virendra Sehwag only got 2800 to 3000 hair at the front through FUE (DHI method) so he only from the front he looks as if he has full head of hair but when you see him from the sides or back he is still more then half bald and when he bowls in any cricket match, you can see his bald areas that are clearly visible.

- The pictures used by DHI in magazines and newspapers is only from the front and is computerised otherwise we all know how he looks today!!

- In Virendra Sehwag’s TV commercials they use wig to cover his bald areas at the back (crown area) but when he is on the cricket field and is bowling, we all can see that he is more then half bald!

The truth is that Virendra Sehwag’s surgery was performed by doctor called Dr. Eleftherios Papanikolaou who used to come to India from Greece but even he could only give Sehwag less then 25% of his hair back compare to what was required and he is still more then half bald. The bigger truth is that Dr. Papanikolaou no longer comes to India to perform surgeries. Why is DHI showing results of Virendra Sehwag to India of a doctor who doesn’t even come to India? Why are they trying to sell their highly new and inexperienced doctors by showing results of a completely different doctor?

DHI is claiming to perform surgeries for many bollywood actors but can someone ask them for a proof ? These are all false claims. If they have performed surgeries for even a single bollywood actor, why are they not using the name of the actor, his before and after results, pictures in newspapers and magazines. Why are they only using false and unethical images of Virendra Sehwag?

India, beware of DHI. This company by franchising the business to make money is misguiding Indian people in countless areas like

• Calling FUE method DHI method
• Trying to hide serious limitations of this method including the wastage of follicles.
• Promoting 4-5 inexperienced doctors who are newly passed outs and hiding these serious facts from people.
• Hiding the wastage of follicles part and charging people on something which is not even planted!
• Hiding a million $$$$ fact that after spending 3 to 5 lakhs rupees you will only get 2500 to 3000 hair and they will not be enough to restore your appearance!
• Showing Sehwag’s computerised image when the truth is he is still more then 50% bald!
• Hiding the truth about who performed Sehwag’s surgery to promote inexperienced doctors.
• False claims about bollywood and other people without having any proofs!

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  • Vi
      18th of Nov, 2011
    0 Votes

    Great article. Thanks

  • Ne
      1st of Dec, 2011
    -2 Votes

    Thanks for the detailed insight.. and yeah I agree with what you have mentioned about V Sehwag. His bald patch can be seen clearly in cricket matches while he is on the field.

  • Er
      15th of Jan, 2012
    +3 Votes

    The technology of DHI is amazing. My husband had it to the temple areas. It takes about 6 hours for treatment and the patient is conscious and chatting the whole time and only needs a local anesthetic. In a matter of weeks the hair begins to grow and once it starts it doesn't stop. He went to He wishes he'd done it years ago and his brother in law is now also going to get his whole head done there. I wouldn't have believed that this would have worked so well but he only got it done in September and now it's grown really long. I'm considering getting my eyebrows done as well. He was so brave and it's changed our life. There is hope out there and success stories. He has never been so confident nor so happy. I can't recommend it highly enough. This is the link we first looked at which brought us to DHI at that particular clinic. I understand that any procedure has it's good and bad points but in this cae I have nothing negative to say.

  • Jk
      14th of Apr, 2012
    0 Votes

    Excellent. i was to have gone through this procedure but god grace, I escaped

  • He
      2nd of May, 2012
    -1 Votes

    They are just giving franchise to anyone who pays money.All old people including their global medical director has left DHI.I got DHI done from greece from master surgeon at price which is one fourth of the indian clinic sells at half the indian price.I confused 3000 grafts for 3000 hair.Which means they charged me for 3000 which i came to know later that it was 1200 grafts and 3000 hairs.confirm before hand they are charging for hair or grafts.

  • Dh
      5th of May, 2012
    0 Votes

    This is with regards to these comments related to DHI on this website.

    The comment has been posted with the mala fide intention to malign the brand. We do not have any record of a client with this e mail ID ever treated by DHI or any complaint registered with us.

    As a responsible Company DHI would like to ensure that the customer and public at large is not misguided by such ill intentioned comments and hence would like to clarify as follows:

    DHI is the world’s No. 1 hair restoration technology and has been the world leader in hair restoration technology since 1970. DHI currently operates from over 40 locations across America, Europe, Middle East, Asia and in India DHI has presence across six centers at Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Bangalore.

    We follow strict quality control system, certified by International authorities, like the UK CQC and International System Organization (ISO), and internal certification system. This unique ‘No-Touch’ technique is absolutely painless, scar less and administered by highly experienced DHI Global certified specialist doctors.

    We have over 100, 000 satisfied customers from across the globe that come from all walks of life including celebrities, sports personalities and film stars.

    DHI follows strict pre & post treatment evaluation system to ensure that the results are satisfactory.

    Any genuine consumer who has any feedback or comment is encouraged to write directly at [protected] or [protected]

  • Ha
      9th of May, 2012
    +2 Votes

    I love the US Doctor Brett Bolton at every photos and video is HIS work. His quality of one procedure results is unparalleled in his field.

  • Ha
      9th of May, 2012
    0 Votes

    i agree with the original post. Who is doing your procedure is critical not the company. Companies may have very good doctors and very bad doctors working within the same practice. Many of the big firms have photos that you look at and don't realize the doctor who is doing your work didn't contribute one photo. The doctor could also have minimal experience. Big corporations or practices are run by CEO's what do you think their primary purpose is? Profit? Yes. Unfortunately, you are looked at as a commodity. Dr. Bolton only does one case at a time and has a small staff that has been with him for years to ensure consistent, high quality results.

  • Ab
      23rd of May, 2012
    +1 Votes

    Let me remind to all those would be patients at DHI.
    I think none in India charges exorbitant fees and they actually do cheat in concealing the facts.

    One of my friends also told me about his experience in DHI India. He was operated on by doctors from Greece and as per him, in the middle of session, Dr. Desai came and asked surgeon to dont cover much so that patient can come again for second session and charge more.

    Keep away from DHI

  • An
      2nd of Aug, 2012
    +1 Votes

    Yes, its true.. i just called Hydrebad DHI for enquiry and they immediately gave their account number and asked me transfer 2 lacs in one day or else the schedule will not be available for next two months(its a kind of trick i guess) They are very strange, they not even asked any details about me and the only thing they need is money.. So be careful and dont loose your money to them..

  • Pr
      14th of Sep, 2012
    +2 Votes

    I have undergone a transplant at DHI dubai..i jus had to cover a balding crown area and they said 2600 hairs wud do and the cost wud be 30000 AED+ 2000 AED for the medicines...i will tell you the exact method of surgery..first they will trim ur hair to the minimum level, then they make u lie down facing downwards.After anesthesia they start the so called extraction.All they have is a doctor and an assistant(claimed to trained by DHI).The process of extraction is relatively painless but at times we can see the blood stains here and there..but we are not allowed to raise the head from fixed position..After 3 or 4 hours, extraction is complete and then we can have rest where i was provided snacks and drinks.Then begin the insertion part, at this point we are made to sit normally jus like we sit at the dentist..Then the hairs are inserted which was also less painless, i am not saying it was so comfortable..its been almost two years since the procedure and i am not completely satisfied with the result as we paid a lot of money.
    PROS-no scar or anything, complete recovery within three or four days and we can remove the bandages..
    CONS-less density always, its always a coverup surgery...they promise you 2000 hairs, it will be always less than not at all the way shown in the website...DHI is jus FUE...

  • Ra
      28th of Nov, 2012
    0 Votes

    I am planning to go for the Hair Transplant procedure from DHI delhi. i will request if anyone of the patients who has gone through the procedure can give me the genuine feedback and suggestions about quality of DHI, and the results..
    Rajan Gupta
    09891251854, [protected]

  • Ra
      11th of Feb, 2013
    0 Votes

    I am planning to go for the Hair Transplant procedure from DHI Chennai. Now I have changed. Thank you for explaining pros and cons. Pls tell me best experienced FUE doctors in chennai, Hyderbad or banglore. Raj., [protected]

  • No
      4th of Apr, 2013
    0 Votes

    I had 3 HTs with DHI and all of them were fantastic. The only problem I faced with them was the density, I needed more than one HT in order to achieve the desirable density.

  • Su
      5th of Apr, 2013
    -1 Votes

    I had a DHI session 9 months ago. I am more than satisfied with my result and the professionalism of the company. I had my session in Glasgow Clinic and i must admit that nobody believes that i had a procedure. The result is so natural. Before choosing the company i saw some live results.Now i am 30 and i look 25. I think some people are just jealous..!

  • Fr
      5th of Apr, 2013
    +1 Votes

    Wow, I'm really surprised to read such comments on a hair loss forum, I had 3 procedures in 9 years, one FUT which I regret to this day, one FUE 3 years ago with a very unnatural looking hairline and last year a DHI session in Paris with 2156 hairs to fix my hairline ...
    My doctor was greek too and he stayed with me the whole time ... I'm so grateful because I had become so self conscious before the intervention ... a year later all I talk about is DHI at work, DHI to my friends, it's sometimes too much even, but I do it because thanks to them I can live again ... I hope this help balance your opinion ... Jean Coridali, Paris

  • Be
      5th of Apr, 2013
    Best Best Advice +5 Votes

    My session with DHI was painless & scar-free and my result was great. My opinion is that DHI implantation procedure is great. I can recommend it to all of you with hairloss problems

  • Sa
      22nd of Jun, 2013
    0 Votes

    i am also planning for fue session. please advice any good doctor and cost in india. i may need 5000 grafts

    saurabh jain

  • Ma
      27th of Jun, 2013
    0 Votes

    can some one please let me know about Dr Dimitrios Ziakas MD who is supposed to be a top notch surgion in Dubai DHI Clinic. Does any one know abt his track record

  • Ha
      23rd of Jul, 2013
    0 Votes

    I Have gone thru DHI at VCare T.Nagar 2 Years back, I paid Rs.500000/- for one mega session. they promised me good hair growth giving me some sprays and shampoos post surgery. while using the same my dandruff levels increased which was unbearable, I discontinued the sprays and shampoos my dandruff was reduced but even after 2 years feel I would have been better off with NO DHI and could have saved my 5 lacs. DHI is a BIG BLOODY FRAUD AND VCARE IS A FRAUD PARTNER OF THE SAME. SO GUYS PLEASE, PLEASE NEVER EVER GO FOR DHI

    I Wrote nothing but the TRUTH
    Haleem (Chennai)

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