The evolution of hair transplant: From Classic FUE to Sapphire FUE

  • 26 Apr 22, Tuesday
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The evolution of hair transplant: From Classic FUE to Sapphire FUE

In the last two decades, the number of people who decided to treat their hair loss has increased consistently. Nowadays, people can entrust the new hair transplant technology to obtain natural hair looks. Among all the techniques, Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is one of the best hair transplant methods.

The technological advantages in the FUE hair transplantation field headed to the use of special devices with sapphire blades, a gemstone stronger and sharper, that gives the name to the Sapphire FUE hair transplant method.

In this article, we will explore the differences and analogies between the FUE classic and FUE Sapphire.

What is an FUE hair transplant?

Let’s get a step back, what is an FUE hair transplant?

The Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is one of the most used transplant methods, that consists of the extraction of follicles from a donor area to the receiving area with a micro punch motor. The FUE is a minimally invasive technique and reassures a faster and painless recovery.

One of the main steps of an FUE hair transplant is the opening of the channels. Once the follicles are extracted from the donor area ( chest, beard, back of the head), the surgeon needs to create small incisions to place them underneath the skin. This is a very delicate phase because the channels will determine the direction and the hair density. At this point, any mistakes could endanger the result of the hair transplant.

For this reason, we recommend you search for the most professional clinic to avoid poor hair results.

In an FUE hair transplant, the doctor, according to the quality of the patient donor area, can extract around 4500 grafts, and for this reason, it remains one of the best options for patients with a vast bald pattern.

What are the Advantages of Sapphire Blades compared With Steel Blades in Sapphire FUE?

As said above, one of the most important steps during an FUE hair transplant is the opening of the channels.

One of the main differences between Classic and Sapphire FUE is the sapphire blades’ usage. The variety of sapphire blades size  (1,0, 1,3 to 1,5 mm) makes it possible to create more accurate incisions and regulate their dimension based on the length of the graft. The gemstone tips ensure smaller incisions, allowing the surgeon to implant steadily more grafts, resulting in a more dense hair look.

Furthermore, the sapphire blades are also more suitable for patients with sensitive skin since the steel blades used in Classic FUE can cause reactions to metal, nickles, etc.

The sapphire gemstone causes less bleeding and trauma, speeding up the recovery time and making the post-procedure smoother. Of course, all the patients still need to follow the provided post-operation guidelines.

Classic FUE vs FUE Sapphire

Classic FUE Sapphire FUE
Steels BladesSapphire blades
Normal incisionSmaller and more accurate incision
Good hair densityFuller and natural look
 Faster and better recovery
 Reduced risk of scabbing and infection
 More suitable for sensitive skin prone to allergies

Why choose Sapphire FUE?

As listed in the table above, there are many reasons why choose a Sapphire hair transplant over a Classic FUE.

The quality and the strongness of the sapphire gemstone decrease the risk of inaccuracy. Because the sapphire absorbs the vibration, gives a steadier hand to the doctor. Of course, it required high expertise to operate with sapphire blades. Dr. Serkan Aygın was one of the first to perform the Sapphire technique, and thanks to his valuable knowledge and high expertise in the field, Dr. Serkan Aygın Clinic has a 95% success rate.

The antimicrobial component in the sapphire blades diminishes the risk of infection and trauma in the surrounding tissue, and scabbing formation on the scalp.

Therefore, the recovery time will be faster. Nevertheless, there are a few post-operation side effects that the patient will have to bear in mind, such as swelling and some soreness. Luckily, those sides effects will last for a few days.

At Dr. Serkan Aygın Clinic, our patient representatives will follow and guide you during your post-operation experience.

Who is eligible for FUE Sapphire transplant?

As for all the other techniques, there are several parameters to assess the eligibility of a candidate.

  • Androgenetic Alopecia

As it is known, in men and women the principal cause of hair loss is the Androgenetic Alopecia, caused by Dihydrotestosterone or DHT. DH is the hormone that affects the hair, leading them to miniaturization.

For this reason, people suffering from Androgenetic Alopecia should book a medical consultation to assess if the alopecia is in remission.

  • Donor area

Another important aspect is the quality of the donor area. The quantity of hair in the donor area will determine your eligibility for an FUE Sapphire transplant.

Please keep in mind that only a doctor, after proper consultation, can assess which hair transplant method will be a better fit for your case.

  • Bald pattern

The Hamiton-Norwood scale is the main system to assess the grade of a bald pattern, based on severity, from 1 to 6. Patients with severe bald patterns and poor donor quality might not be eligible for a hair transplant.

However, a FUE Sapphire hair transplant can be one of the best options for people with a large bald pattern.

  • Medical condition

Some patients suffering from Emophilia, heart, kidney disorder, or people under chemotherapy are not eligible for hair transplantation.

In Dr. Serkan Aygin Clinic, we treasure patient satisfaction, and for this reason, we do not perform Classic FUE hair transplants, but we offer FUE Sapphire hair transplants at a very reasonable price.

For further information, please visit our website and book an online consultation.