To understand the difference between Manual Hair Transplant and the ”Classical” Hair Transplant we need to understand what is the punch.
The punch is the needle or tool that does the incision around the hair follicles to make it extractable by spinning around the hair follicle. Both FUE and DHI techniques involve using punches ranging in diameter from 0.6 to 1.2mm, but normally being between 0.7 and 1.0mm. With classical hair transplant, the punch is attached to a micro-motorised device, whereas in Manual Hair Transplant relies on the manual force of the practitioner. That’s why some refer to the hair transplant procedures by the punch used in them i.e., Manual Punch Hair Transplant for Manual Hair Transplant.
An advantage of Manual Hair Transplant over Motorised Hair Transplant is that it allows for a greater level of control over the extraction process, and what some practitioners have described as greater ‘feedback’, in the sense that Manual Hair Transplant gives practitioners a greater ‘feel’ for depth. An important consideration in any hair transplant is avoiding graft transaction, which is to say accidentally cutting the part of the hair that lies under the skin.
Proponents of Manual Hair Transplant argue that the more tactile nature of this treatment makes it better given to avoiding graft transaction and therefore maximising successful graft survival. However, a skilled team will be capable of extracting grafts in the safest way possible, regardless of the technique used.
In general, Manual Hair Transplant is a good solution for those requiring a small number of grafts to be transplanted, as it is normally not possible to transplant more than 1500 grafts in a single session using this method. In particular, an advantage of Manual Hair Transplant is that it can be used to transplant grafts without shaving, but only within the above limit, so a patient requiring a larger number of grafts without shaving would have to do more than one session.
Here are more benefits of Manual Hair Transplant;
FUE is the most commonly used technique for hair transplant in Turkey and the world today. FUE is an excellent all-round technique as it is suitable for the majority of patients. FUE involves extracting individual grafts from the donor area before opening microchannels in the transplanted area and placing the grafts in these channels. The advantage of extracting the grafts individually is that this leaves minimal scarring and leads to a swift recovery time.
DHI is a good technique for creating density in smaller areas, such as the front hairline, and is particularly useful for those seeking a no-shave transplant. It involves using an implanter pen to open the channels and position the extracted grafts in one movement. DHI has a faster recovery time than FUE but it can only be used for smaller quantities of grafts as it is more time-consuming.
Turkey has long occupied the global vanguard in the medical tourism industry and has been much quicker to embrace technological progress than many other countries. With time, Motorised Hair Transplant and other technology-assisted techniques have become the norm because of their advantages in terms of their time efficiency, reduced labour intensity and a better level of comfort for both patients and practitioners. However, Manual Hair Transplant can still be a viable option in certain cases.
SHIFT takes a holistic approach to plan any course of treatment, considering more ‘technical’ factors such as time efficiency and graft survival whilst also being mindful of aesthetic considerations such as the best overall implantation method to favour the hair, skin, and other facial characteristics of the patient. SHIFT will always propose the best course of treatment for the patient based on that person’s own unique needs and requirements, working in partnership to create the very best results.