Posted 30/10/2022 in Hair Transplant

Sapphire FUE Hair Transplant

Sapphire FUE Hair Transplant

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    In recent decades there have been numerous innovations in the field of hair transplantation. 

    The most important of which, was the transition from the FUT technique, which involved the removal of a strip of skin tissue containing the follicles, to the FUE technique. 

    The FUE instead involves the removal of the follicles individually through the use of a small punch with a diameter of less than 1 mm which has been further improved to arrive today at the Micro FUE hair transplant method. 

    However, innovators have not stopped there and kept searching for solutions that could improve the experience for the patient and the surgeon during the extraction phase which led to the development of sapphire blades in what’s become known as the Sapphire FUE hair transplant technique.

    What is Sapphire FUE?

    Sapphire FUE  hair transplant is a hair restoration technique using all the same steps as the FUE method, with a minor difference: which is the type of blade used. 

    This blade is made from the blue sapphire gemstone, which contains a chemical compound called corundum, which is primarily made up of aluminum oxide. Sapphire is supposed to have many benefits in comparison with the use of steel. More on this is below. 

    How does FUE Sapphire technique work?

    Hair transplantation with the Sapphire FUE technique primarily involves shaving the donor area.

    • Your surgeon will then proceed with the administration of local anesthesia to which a light sedative can sometimes be added.

    • The surgeon or specialist nurses then begin the extraction phase with a motorized punch. Usually, the diameter of the punch varies between 0.7 and 0.9 mm.

    • The units thus obtained are subjected to quality control and stored in a solution and temperature that allows them to safeguard their perfect integrity.

    • The operation continues with the administration of local anesthesia in the graft area and the opening of the canals performed by the surgeon in this area using sapphire blades. The phase of opening the channels (incisions) is the most delicate because the angles and the exit directions of the transplanted hair are determined, which must replicate those of the indigenous hair present.

    • The operation ends with the grafting of previously extracted follicular units into the incisions made in recipient sites.

    What is a Sapphire Blade?

    A sapphire blade, as the name suggests, is a blade made of sapphire used to make incisions during a hair transplant. 

    Sapphire is a material that has a durable and smooth surface that does not lose sharpness and causes less damage to the tissues and less trauma. 

    For this reason, in theory, the recipient area will eventually present fewer scabs and scars. In addition, the sapphire blades are antibacterial and do not disturb blood circulation.

    It is very important that the transplanted follicles are anchored correctly to obtain a good result that is as natural as possible. 

    Since the opening of the channels with the sapphire blades does not disturb blood circulation and does not damage the tissues, the follicles can be better anchored in their new positions.

    What are the advantages of Sapphire FUE Hair transplantation?

    Sapphire blades offer many advantages over metal blades used in classic FUE hair transplant. Here are the most important of these advantages:

    • The blades are stronger, have a smoother surface, and are sharper than metal blades, which helps to create new hair channels that are more suitable for natural hair, and reduces the multiplicity rate in the size of these channels. In addition, it reduces the risk of inflammation.

    • Density: Sapphire blades increase the ability to transplant more hair with less distance between the hairs (i.e. allow hair to be transplanted more densely), giving you a more satisfying look.

    • Shorter recovery time: The healing period after hair transplantation with the sapphire technique is shorter than in the normal method because the incisions are smaller.

    • Scarring: Less likelihood of scarring.

    • Suitable for metal allergies: Although this only applies to a small portion of hair transplant candidates, this is an important advantage of Sapphire FUE. Sapphire blades are suitable for people allergic to nickel, steel, or any other type of metallic material.

    • The improbability of displacement of the follicle from its new location.

    Sapphire FUE Hair Transplant VS FUE

    The main difference between hair transplantation with the sapphire technique and traditional FUE hair transplantation is the type of blade. In a sapphire hair transplant, the blade that is used in the step of preparing the recipient area for hair is made of sapphire blue or corundum, for many benefits discussed above.

    As we note, hair transplantation with the sapphire technique is not a completely new technology, but rather a simple replacement of the type of blade used in the usual FUE technique.

    Assuming that both techniques have a particularly high success rate (equal to 95%), it is important to carefully choose the surgical procedure to undergo.

    The choice must be absolutely considered and evaluated under the expert guidance of your own specialized doctor.

    Not everyone, in fact, can undergo a hair transplant with the Sapphire FUE technique and this is because there are very specific scientific criteria such as the classification of the patient's hair loss, the size of the thinning area and the amount of hair available in the donor area donor.

    Who might benefit from a Sapphire FUE hair transplant?

    All men and women between the ages of 20 and 60, who have sufficient follicles in the donor area, can regain their lost hair with the Sapphire FUE hair transplant technique. Sapphire FUE hair transplant is a permanent solution against typical hair loss such as gaps at the temples, hairline recession, hair gaps from above, or even thinning, as it can be used in case of severe hair loss over a large area.

    Sapphire FUE hair transplant cost

    Sapphire hair transplant can cost anywhere between $5000 and $ 15,000 in the United States. However many people choose to reduce the cost by traveling to get their Sapphire FUE hair transplant in Turkey. Prices in Turkey range from $1750 to $2000 for this technology.

    In fact, Istanbul alone has over 400 hair transplant clinics, which offer all the latest methods at affordable prices. 


    Is there a difference between the Sapphire technique and the FUE?

    The Sapphire technique is a variation of the FUE technique where there is no difference in the transplanting mechanism. But the only difference is in the method of opening the channels and the tool used to do so. For example, metal blades are used in the FUE technique, while blades made of synthetic sapphire are used in the sapphire technique, which is characterized by the small size of the channels and their conformity with the size of the follicles.

    What is the difference between Choi pens and Sapphire blades?

    The difference between Choi and Sapphire pens is in the method of placing the hair grafts and the tools used to make incisions in the scalp. In the Choi Implanter pen, the prior opening of the channels is not required.  Rather, hair follicles are inserted into the pens and implanted directly into the scalp. While in the Sapphire technique, it is done in the same way as the classic FUE, where the follicles are first extracted, then the channels are opened using the sapphire tool, and finally, the follicles are implanted in the channels as usual.

    What are the benefits of hair transplantation with the Sapphire technique?

    There are several benefits of the sapphire technique, including the small size of the incisions that match the size of the follicles, and thus a larger number can be planted in fewer areas, which means a higher density. It also produces fewer crusts due to the small size of the incision and thus speeds up the healing process.

    What are the sapphire blades?

    A Sapphire blade is a tool used to open channels during hair transplantation. It is made of synthetic sapphire, which is characterized by its hardness and sharpness.

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