Sapphire FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) is a relatively new method of hair transplantation that uses special blades made of sapphire to create tiny incisions for transplanting hair follicles. This technique is gaining popularity due to its many advantages over traditional FUE techniques. In this article, we will discuss the Sapphire FUE hair transplant in detail.
What is Sapphire FUE?
FUE is a hair transplant technique that involves removing hair follicles from the donor area (usually the back of the scalp) and transplanting them to the recipient area (bald or thinning area). In traditional FUE, a micro-punch tool is used to make small incisions in the scalp, and the hair follicles are extracted using forceps. These incisions are typically between 0.8mm to 1mm in size.
Sapphire FUE, on the other hand, uses special blades made of sapphire to create much smaller incisions, typically between 0.6mm to 0.8mm in size. The smaller size of the incisions allows for more precise placement of the hair follicles, resulting in a more natural-looking hairline.
Advantages of Sapphire FUE
Precise Incisions: The use of sapphire blades allows for more precise incisions, which means that the hair follicles can be transplanted at a higher density without causing damage to the scalp. This results in a fuller, more natural-looking head of hair.
Faster Healing: The smaller incisions made by sapphire blades heal faster than those made by traditional micro-punch tools, reducing the risk of infection and scarring. This means that patients can resume their normal activities sooner after the procedure.
Reduced Pain: Sapphire FUE is less painful than traditional FUE because the smaller incisions made by the sapphire blades are less traumatic to the scalp. This means that patients require less pain medication and can return to work and daily activities more quickly.
Better Results: Sapphire FUE allows for more precise placement of the hair follicles, resulting in a more natural-looking hairline. The smaller incisions also mean that there is less trauma to the scalp, reducing the risk of follicle damage and increasing the survival rate of the transplanted hair follicles.
No Visible Scarring: The tiny incisions made by sapphire blades are virtually invisible, so patients can wear their hair short without any visible scarring.
Sapphire FUE Procedure
The Sapphire FUE procedure is similar to traditional FUE, but with a few key differences. Here are the steps involved in the Sapphire FUE procedure:
Consultation: The first step is a consultation with a hair transplant surgeon, who will evaluate the patient’s hair loss and determine if Sapphire FUE is the right choice for them.
Preparation: On the day of the procedure, the patient’s scalp is cleaned and numbed with local anesthesia. The donor area is shaved to allow access to the hair follicles.
Extraction: The surgeon uses a specialized sapphire blade to create tiny incisions around each hair follicle, and then removes the follicles with forceps.
Implantation: Once the follicles are extracted, they are prepared for implantation by trimming away excess tissue. The surgeon then makes tiny incisions in the recipient area and places the follicles in the desired position.