Sapphire hair transplant Turkey uses the FUE technique to open microchannels in the balding areas of the scalp. It uses a special Sapphire tipped blade, which reduces the size of the wounds and speeds up the recovery process. This hair transplant procedure will give you permanent results.
Sapphire Hair Transplant Overview
In a traditional FUE method, the surgeon uses a steel blade with a u-shaped tip to create incisions in the recipient areas for the insertion of hair grafts. However, in Sapphire FUE hair transplant, the blade is made from synthetic Sapphire with a v-shaped tip. Sharp edges on the blade allow the surgeon to make smaller incisions, thereby reducing bleeding. Moreover, it makes it possible to open more microchannels than a traditional FUE. This helps in achieving a higher density of hair follicles in the balding region.
How Much Sapphire Hair Transplant Turkey Costs
The Sapphire hair transplantation price is lower in Turkey than in the UK or Europe. It’s because of the comparatively lower cost of labour and infrastructure in the healthcare industry. Moreover, the cost of hair transplant procedures in Turkey does not vary depending on the number of hair grafts a patient needs for Sapphire FUE. The inclusion of hotel accommodation, transfer services, and aftercare in the treatment package further lowers the expenses for medical tourists.
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Who Can Have Sapphire Hair Transplant & Why?
Sapphire hair transplantation method is suitable for people who suffer from pattern baldness. This technique allows the surgeon to extract a large number of grafts, which makes it ideal for those suffering from extensive baldness. Using the Sapphire blade, it is possible to pack the grafts more densely (60-75) than in classic FUE (55-65). So, if a patient wants to achieve higher density per square centimetre, they can undergo this hair restoration surgery.
Other than that, it is also suitable for people suffering from permanent hair loss due to physical trauma, cicatricial (scarring) alopecia, traction alopecia, scalp infection, and chemotherapy-induced alopecia. You must have sufficient hair in the donor area to ensure natural coverage and density. You may not be able to undergo a Sapphire hair transplantation procedure if the donor hair is thin and wispy.
What To Think About Before You Have Sapphire Hair Transplant
When choosing a surgeon for your Sapphire hair transplant in Turkey, learn more about how qualified they are and how much experience they have in performing this surgery. Moreover, find out their overall complication rate while inquiring specifically about the complications associated with this kind of surgery. Furthermore, ask them how they treated those complications and what is their patient satisfaction rate. It will give you an idea if he/she will be able to provide adequate follow-up medical care.
How Best To Prepare For Sapphire Hair Transplant
Patients need to make a few preparations for Sapphire FUE hair transplants. First and foremost, they have to stop smoking or consuming tobacco 10 days before the surgery. This can result in increased bleeding during surgery and delayed wound healing. You should also avoid recreational drugs and alcohol at least 3 days before the Sapphire FUE for the same reasons.
Make sure you're not taking any anticoagulants 10 days before surgery, as they will delay the blood clotting process during/after the surgery. Before coming to the Sapphire hair clinic, do not cut, shave or trim your hair as the surgeon needs to see the hair growth pattern. In addition, stop taking any vitamin supplements or topical/oral medication for hair loss.
What Sapphire Hair Transplant Involves
The Sapphire hair transplant is similar to the follicular unit extraction method; only one surgical tool is different.
Surgical Instrument - Sapphire Blade
The surgeon uses v-shaped, Sapphire tipped blades to open microchannels in the recipient areas. The blade comes in different sizes ranging from 0.8-1.5mm. The surgeon chooses the blade size according to type (curly/straight) and thickness of the graft.
Since the classic u-shaped steel blade is blunt, the surgeon needs to apply more pressure for cutting into the skin. However, the sharper tips of the Sapphire blades give the surgeon greater control over the size and depth of the incision. This also reduces the risk of scalp necrosis following surgery.
First, the surgeon will give the patient local anaesthesia on the scalp so that they don't feel pain or discomfort during the surgery. Then the surgeon makes micro-punches in the donor region using a motorized punch tool for extracting hair grafts. That is why sometimes it is also known as micro-FUE hair transplantation.
After the extraction, the surgeon uses the Sapphire-tipped blades to make microincisions in the balding region(s) for the insertion of hair grafts. Smaller incisions hold the transplanted hair more tightly. Moreover, patient recovery is quicker since the size of wounds is smaller.
Sapphire hair transplantation outcomes have high density because the surgeon can make more incisions for the insertion of grafts per square centimetre. In addition, the surgeon can do so without damaging the transplanted hair. The whole surgery takes 6-8 hours.
Sapphire Hair Transplant Recovery and Results
Sapphire hair transplant Turkey is an outpatient surgery. You should come in for your follow-up appointment the next day before flying back home. After the surgery, you will experience temporary side effects. The bleeding, bruising, and scarring is less than traditional FUE, which is why you'll recover comparatively quickly.
A few weeks after the surgery, you may lose your hair from the donor and the recipient areas due to "shock loss." However, you will start growing transplanted hair 3 months after Sapphire FUE. For complete results, you'll have to wait for 12-18 months.
Sapphire Hair Transplant Aftercare
Soon after the hair transplant operation, you should completely rest for at least 2-3 days. Be careful around corners or when moving around so that you don't end up hitting your head anywhere. It can dislodge the grafts. For a few days, consider wearing button-ups/downs or zippers so that nothing tugs at the scalp.
Take your medications. Drink water and eat healthy foods. Do not engage in any activity that makes you sweat for at least a month after surgery. It can irritate the scalp and cause infection. Also, avoid going to the swimming pool, saunas, and hot baths. Make sure to wash your hair according to the instructions of your hair transplant surgeon.
Side Effects To Expect After Sapphire Hair Transplant
You may temporarily experience the following side effects after Sapphire FUE technique hair transplant:
- Oedema (swelling) that can travel down the face
What Could Go Wrong After Sapphire Hair Transplant
You can develop an infection in the donor and/or recipient area after the Sapphire FUE hair transplant due to different reasons. Make sure that you're not touching your scalp or wearing anything tight around your head. Other than that, take your prescribed antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection. Physical trauma after surgery can displace the grafts. It will hurt their survival rate and can affect the final surgical outcome.
What To Do If You Have Problems After Sapphire Hair Transplant
If you've been experiencing a surgical complication for longer than usual, you should get in touch with the aftercare team either online, by call or by email.
Alternatives To Sapphire Hair Transplant
Depending on your needs and aesthetic goals, you may not always make a good candidate for a Sapphire hair transplant. In this case, you can have a traditional FUE or DHI hair transplant. If you're ineligible for all hair transplantation techniques, you can get scalp micropigmentation.
Other Procedures To Have With Sapphire Hair Transplant
You can support the Sapphire FUE healing process through platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. It improves blood flow to the scalp and ensures the provision of oxygen and nutrients to the transplanted grafts and wounded skin. This can ensure the greater survival of transplanted grafts while increasing hair density. The proteins in PRP also ensure that you recover quickly.
Can I get an unshaven Sapphire FUE hair transplant?
Yes. Sapphire FUE hair transplants can be performed without shaving the recipient area.
Is Sapphire FUE hair transplantation more expensive than traditional FUE?
Yes. The cost is higher because of the surgical equipment used for Sapphire FUE.
Sapphire FUE vs DHI: which one is better for me?
It depends on the area(s) where you're balding and the total number of hair grafts you need. DHI is not recommended for the crown/vertex region. In addition, in direct hair implantation, the surgeon can harvest a maximum of 3,000 grafts, while with Sapphire FUE, the surgeon can harvest almost 6,000 grafts in one session.
Which parts of the Sapphire FUE will be done by a doctor and which by a non-doctor?
Specialists will perform different parts of the surgery. However, the hair transplant surgeon will make incisions with the Sapphire blade in the balding region.
Is the Sapphire hair transplant Turkey clinic registered with a health care authority?
Yes, the clinic in which you will undergo a Sapphire hair transplant in Turkey is registered with the Ministry of Health.
Does the doctor have insurance that covers Sapphire hair transplant Turkey?
The doctor performing your Sapphire FUE will have insurance against malpractice.
Reviewed and Approved by Dr Kuddusi Onay
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