Sapphire hair transplant uses the FUE technique to open micro-channels 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.
What Is Sapphire Hair Transplant?
Sapphire hair transplant is a variation of the traditional FUE technique.
The key difference between the two is the blade used to make the incisions during the implantation stage of hair transplant.
In a Sapphire blade hair transplant, the surgeon uses a blade made from synthetic Sapphire with a v-shaped tip.
Using it can help improve the final outcome of the procedure and even speed up the recovery process.
FUE, on the other hand, uses a steel blade with a u-shaped tip to create incisions in the recipient areas for graft insertion.
Is Sapphire Hair Transplant Good?
Sapphire hair transplant has a graft survival rate of 95%, so it can successfully restore your hair.
However, one of the biggest advantages of using sapphire blades for hair transplants is that it allows the surgeon to make smaller incisions. And since the size of the wounds is smaller, they are able to heal more quickly.
Additionally, the sharp tip of the Sapphire blades 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. The final results will also be permanent and natural-looking.
What Is The Cost Of Sapphire Hair Transplant In Turkey?
A Sapphire FUE hair transplant costs £1,750 (~2200 USD) in Turkey with the inclusion of the surgery, PRP, 5-star hotel, private transfer, personal host, medications, aftercare, and a warranty.
You will also get the maximum number of grafts you need without any extra charge. So, no matter how large your balding area is, the price will remain the same.
Keep in mind that if the cost of Sapphire FUE is too low compared to the average in an area in Istanbul, it may be because the clinic lacks actual surgeons or is operating in an unlicensed facility.
So, you need to do your diligence, part of which is checking out the Sapphire hair transplant reviews on different platforms.
Still, you should also know that, on average, a Sapphire hair transplant in Turkey is 3 to 5 times cheaper than anywhere in the UK or Europe.
It’s because the healthcare industry has comparatively lower labour and infrastructure costs. The exchange rate further drives down the cost.
The health standards in Turkey are on par with global health standards, so you shouldn’t worry about the quality of care.
Who Can Have Sapphire Hair Transplant In Turkey & Why?
The Sapphire hair transplant 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 a 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 because of:
- Physical trauma
- Cicatricial (scarring) alopecia
- Traction alopecia
- Scalp infection
- Chemotherapy-induced alopecia
You must have sufficient hair in the donor area to ensure natural coverage and density.
Otherwise, you may not be able to undergo a Sapphire hair transplant in Turkey.
Am I Suitable For Hair Transplant?
What To Think About Before You Have Sapphire Hair Transplant In Turkey
When choosing a surgeon for your Sapphire hair transplant, 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 they will provide adequate follow-up medical care.
How Best To Prepare For Sapphire Hair Transplant?
Patients need to make a few preparations for Sapphire hair transplant in Turkey.
First and foremost, they have to stop smoking or consuming tobacco 10 days before the surgery. This can cause 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 Is The Procedure For Sapphire Hair Transplant?
Sapphire hair transplant is like 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 micro-channels in the recipient areas.
The blade comes in different sizes, ranging from 0.8-1.5mm; the surgeon chooses the blade size according to the type (curly/straight) and thickness of the graft.
Since the classic u-shaped steel blade is blunt, the surgeon needs to apply more pressure to cut 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 micro-incisions in the balding region(s) for the insertion of hair grafts.
Smaller incisions grip 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.
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Recovery And Results Of Sapphire Hair Transplant
Sapphire hair transplant 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 are 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.
Aftercare Of Sapphire Hair Transplant
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. Wash your hair according to the instructions of your surgeon for a successful recovery.
Side Effects To Expect After Sapphire Hair Transplant
You may temporarily experience the following side effects after a Sapphire hair transplant:
- Oedema (swelling) that can travel down the face
What Could Go Wrong After Sapphire Hair Transplant In Turkey?
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, get in touch with the aftercare team either online, by call or an email.
Alternatives To Sapphire Hair Transplant
Depending on your needs and aesthetic goals, you may not always make a suitable 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 In Turkey
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 undergo an unshaven Sapphire hair transplant?
Yes. Sapphire FUE hair transplants can be performed without shaving the recipient area.
Is Sapphire hair transplant 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 hair transplant 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 hair transplant 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 in Turkey?
The doctor performing your Sapphire FUE will have insurance against malpractice.
Reviewed and Approved by Dr. Hassan Soueid.