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What is FUE Hair Transplant Performed With Sapphire Blades?

en 2020-03-23 13:47:00 2020-05-27 11:46:22 Sapphire FUE Technique
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Sapphire FUE Technique

The increase in technology advancements taking place each passing day, has paved the way for the development of new, innovative hair transplant techniques as well as hair loss treatments.
Hair transplantation that has progressed and evolved dramatically over the years, transforming into a well-established and minimally invasive surgical procedure, has taken its final form in-line with the more efficient utilization of new medical devices.
The FUE method, which is considered one of the most modern and commonly used hair transplant techniques, ensuring natural-looking results, has carried its success one step further through the utilization of special devices with sapphire blades.

A Complete Pain Relief Method in Hair Transplantation

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Thanks to the use of sedation given under the direct supervision of our Anesthesiologist, you will no longer feel any pain during the administration of local anesthesia prior to the hair transplant procedure. As a consequence, you will be having a more comfortable and pain-free hair transplant experience. Even though hair transplants are generally considered as painless procedures, this new method will help our patients who suffer from needle phobia, to feel at ease, allowing them to relax during the procedure. Owing to this, the level of pain that was currently at minimum is now completely eliminated.

 

What is Sedation?

Sedation is the action of producing a state of calm or sleep under controlled sedative drug administration, monitoring the depth of sedation with the types of drugs used and the amount given tailored specifically to each patient needs.

Do I Have to Receive Sedation?

Sedation is efficient and safe even in young children and as we previously mentioned, it assures the patient a discomfort free hair transplant procedure with zero pain. But then again, we continue to offer hair transplant procedures without sedation for patients who do not prefer sedation to be administered.

Sapphire FUE versus Classic FUE

Sapphire FUE versus Classic FUE

The difference between Sapphire FUE and Classic FUE regarding the opening of micro-channels

FUE, which is conducted by using blades made from a precious gemstone called sapphire, is defined as the utilization of special sapphire blades instead of steel blades during the process of creating incisions within the recipient site.
FUE performed with sapphire blades is not a technique, it is an innovation implementing a new process within the FUE method.
The blades are designed to minimize scab formation and speed up the recovery process through opening smaller micro channels within the recipient site for transplantation.
In FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) conducted with sapphire blades, after the patient is administered local anesthesia, hair follicles are extracted one by one from the donor area with the aid of a micro motor and micro punches in sizes of 0,6 - 0,7 - 0,8 diameters.
With the FUE method, the extracted hair follicles should be transplanted into the incisions that have been created.
These channels have a major influence on the density, angle and direction of hair growth, which are the determinants of obtaining a natural appearance.
For this reason, opening of the channels is considered to be the most important process for a successful operation.
The best possible way to open micro channels can now be achieved through the sapphire blades.
Hair follicles will be transplanted into these channels.
The small incisions, which are at the same length of hair follicles, are created using sharp, smooth and durable sapphire blades varying in sizes of 1,0 -1,3 - 1,5 mm. As a result more channels can be opened, enabling the hair follicles to be transplanted more closer to each other.

The Advantages of FUE Performed with Sapphire Blades in Comparison With Steel Blades:

Some hair transplant centers claim that they can transplant 65-70 follicular units per square centimeter at which they would provide the patient with natural looking and dense hair.
Neither sapphire blades nor steel blades, can make it possible to obtain such high graft density.
Because, in order to create a natural-looking appearance, hair follicles must be transplanted taking into account the accurate angle and direction of hair growth.
If 65-70 follicular units per square centimeter were to be transplanted, it would be impossible to achieve a natural outcome, because creating incisions in alignment with the proper growth direction of the hair follicles would be prevented by such density.
The natural angle of hair growth is 40-45 degrees.
If hair follicles are transplanted perpendicular to the scalp, at the cost of obtaining density, this will create a pluggy look with unnatural results.

The Advantages of FUE Performed with Sapphire Blades in Comparison With Steel Blades:

  • Owing to its qualities such as smooth surface with antibacterial properties, hardness, sharpness and durability, when using sapphire blades for the process of opening micro channels, vibration will be reduced. thus, the risk of complications such as trauma and scalp tissue damage will also be reduced.
  • In comparison with steel blades; FUE performed with sapphire blades enables more dense transplantation, which makes it possible for individuals with advanced hair loss to undergo a hair transplant procedure.
  • Using sapphire blades enables to achieve more density thus, creating a more natural-looking appearance.
  • The Advantages of FUE Performed with Sapphire Blades in Comparison With Steel Blades
  • In comparision with steel blades, sapphire blades allows to inject lesser tumescence-a special fluid to lift the skin from the bone- prior to making incisions. As a result, fluid retention experienced after the surgery will be reduced thus, making the post-operative phase more comfortable for the patients.
  • As incisions created for the transplantation process will be more smaller, tissue recovery will be faster in comparison with using steel blades, but most importantly the bonded skin will have a smooth surface.
  • As a result of opening the channels at the same length of hair follicles, it is not possible for the follicles to become dislodged and their angle allignment to be altered after the transplantation process.

When a method is well-known and generally accepted, the following phase that people tend to expect from the method, is to deliver ‘perfection driven by quality’.
Over time hair transplants also followed a similar path and have advanced to an improved state, undergoing the necessary transformation to finially achieve the ‘perfect look’.
FUE; a hair transplantation method in use since 2004, has become the most generally accepted hair transplant technique worldwide.
Now it’s time to focus on satisfying patient expectations and to prioritize their needs with respect to quality and perfection. This expectation regarding the outcome of a hair transplant in terms of quality and perfection, has been fulfilled by performing the FUE technique utilizing sapphire blades.
The FUE technique with sapphire blades, which is conducted at Dr. Serkan Aygin Clinic, offers natural, successful and aesthetically pleasing results. If you would like to receive more information on FUE with sapphire blades or ask for a consultation, you can always contact us.

How should I proceed in order to have the operation at your clinic? How should I proceed in order to have the operation at your clinic?

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Initially, you can contact us and schedule your appointment for consultation.
If you’re living in another city or country, for a preliminary assessment you can send us your photos taken from the front, sides, top and the back.
After the online consultation session, our patient coordinators will get in touch with you and inform you about the next steps.
To learn more about the process please refer to our 'hair transplantation' page

Is there a recommended age to have a hair transplant? Is there a recommended age to have a hair transplant?

Hair transplant

The doctor will determine a patient's suitability for hair transplantation after the consultation session.
Hair transplantation is recommended after evaluating the patient's hair condition and hair loss stage.
Apart from this, there is no specific age for having a hair transplant procedure.

Do you provide any official documentatation after hair transplantation? Do you provide any official documentatation after hair transplantation?

Hair transplant

Yes, after the operation we provide a document that contains detailed information on your hair transplant procedure.

How long does a hair transplant procedure take? How long does a hair transplant procedure take?

Hair transplant

Depending on the number of grafts being transplanted and the technique used, the operation usually takes about 5 to 6 hours.

Does hair grow back in the donor site after the hair transplant is done? Does hair grow back in the donor site after the hair transplant is done?

Hair transplant

The primary source of donor hair that is used in hair transplantation is located at the back of the head.
As the hair follicles in the region along the back of the head and between the ears are resistant to hair loss, they remain as the primary source of grafts used in hair transplantation.
The hair follicles extracted from the donor area does not grow back again, for this reason efficient utilization of the donor area remains the most significant element in hair transplantation.
Hair follicles are extracted from the donor area homogeneously so the donor site will not be noticeable after the surgery

Can I cut my hair before having a hair transplant procedure? Can I cut my hair before having a hair transplant procedure?

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Prior to the hair transplant procedure, if you maintain the length of your hair, without having it cut or shaved, during the consultation session, your doctor will be able to obtain more information and assess your hair loss condition more accurately.

Do I need to stop taking drugs that I regularly use before the operation? Do I need to stop taking drugs that I regularly use before the operation?

Hair transplant

First of all, you should inform your primary care physician about the hair transplant operation and once you have received approval to temporarily stop taking your medication, you should discontinue taking any medication that might thin your blood such as aspirin for about three days prior to the operation.
Prior to the hair transplant operation, please inform us about your current health condition and the medications (if any) that you are taking.

Is a hair transplant procedure painful? Is a hair transplant procedure painful?

Hair transplant

A hair transplant is usually carried out under local anaesthetic, which means you will not feel any pain. As of 2019, Dr. Serkan Aygin Clinic has started to carry out hair transplantation with sedation so as to make their patients feel more comfortable during the operation. In hair transplantation combined with sedation, as the patient will remain awake without feeling any discomfort, he/she will not feel the graft extraction, recipient site creation and transplantation processes. The patient undergoes the procedure without feeling any pain or discomfort.

When will I see the results of my hair transplant operation? When will I see the results of my hair transplant operation?

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After a hair transplant procedure, the amount of time required for recovery, healing and growth of the new hairs, is extended over a period of 12 months.
Between 2 to 3 weeks after a hair transplant procedure most patients experience a phenomenon known as “shock hair loss“, where the new hair grafts enter a resting phase and the hairs are shed.
This is a perfectly normal and natural process that most patients experience after a hair transplant procedure. There is nothing to worry about.
After the shedding of the newly transplanted grafts your new, healthy hairs will soon begin to grow in their place.
In about 2 to 2.5 months your transplanted hair will be entering its normal growth cycle and grow approximately 1.5 cm every month.
From 9th month onwards, the transplanted hair will improve in texture and at the 12-month mark, it will get thicker blending with the person’s own natural hair structure.

Are hair transplants permanent? Are hair transplants permanent?

Hair transplant

After a hair transplant procedure, the amount of time required for recovery, healing and growth of the new hairs, is extended over a period of 12 months.
Between 2 to 3 weeks after a hair transplant procedure most patients experience a phenomenon known as “shock hair loss“, where the new hair grafts enter a resting phase and the hairs are shed.
This is a perfectly normal and natural process that most patients experience after a hair transplant procedure. There is nothing to worry about.
After the shedding of the newly transplanted grafts your new, healthy hairs will soon begin to grow in their place.
In about 2 to 2.5 months your transplanted hair will be entering its normal growth cycle and grow approximately 1.5 cm every month.
From 9th month onwards, the transplanted hair will improve in texture and at the 12-month mark, it will get thicker blending with the person’s own natural hair structure.

Will I lose hair after a hair transplant? Will I lose hair after a hair transplant?

Hair transplant

The only shedding experienced after hair transplantation is a phenomenon called “shock loss”. Shock loss which occurs after about 2 to 4 weeks following the hair transplant procedure, is a result of a short-term trauma occurring in the transplanted hair follicles and scalp after the operation. It is an inevitable process seen after transplantation. This is a normal and temporary condition. Even if the transplanted hair falls out during the phase of shock loss, the follicles are not be damaged and provide the required space for new hair to grow.

Do you have hair transplant services for women patients? Do you have hair transplant services for women patients?

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Although the majority of hair transplantation patients are still men, a high percentage of women have also started looking into a hair transplant procedure as a hair loss treatment.
Women opt for hair transplantation generally to lower their hairline or to add more volume.
Women are not required to have their heads completely shaved.
To carry out the extraction process only a small area in the donor site is shaved but will remain completely ‘undetectable’.
Women with long hair can easily conceal the donor area with their hair let down and this way, no one will be able to tell that they have undergone a hair transplant procedure.
For this reason hair transplantation is highly favored amongst women.

How long do I have to wait to go back to work after the procedure? How long do I have to wait to go back to work after the procedure?

Hair transplant

Generally most patients are able to return to work after 2 days.
Additionally, we recommend patients who are engaged in work activities that may represent risk exposure to dust, sunlight and head injuries, to take one week off from work. You can book your flight 1or 2 days after your hair transplant procedure. Please, bear in mind that the scabs will remain on the transplanted area for around 12-15 days.

Why should I opt for Hair Transplantation with Laser Therapy? Why should I opt for Hair Transplantation with Laser Therapy?

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The main objective of applying low level laser therapy after hair transplantation is to speed up the healing time, to help reduce side effects such as redness, swelling as well as pain within the operated area and to promote the fastest hair growth possible. As this laser application which is performed after a hair transplant procedure allows to penetrate without heat, it has no side effects such as a burning sensation.

What are the advantages of FUE hair transplant technique? What are the advantages of FUE hair transplant technique?

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- A FUE hair transplant can result in a more natural-looking and denser appearance. - FUE hair transplant technique provides a permanent solution for treating moderate to severe hair loss. - It is a comfortable technique that is designed to ensure patients with the least amount of discomfort, leaving no external scars after the procedure. - FUE hair transplant technique offers patients faster recovery times; They can conveniently return to their daily routine and are able to travel one day after the procedure. - 98% of the transplanted grafts generally grows as normal hair.

Why should I opt for Soft FUE? Why should I opt for Soft FUE?

Soft FUE

In the narrowest sense of the term, the soft FUE technique refers to carrying out hair transplantation under sedation.
As the patient will remain awake without feeling any discomfort, he/she will not feel the graft extraction, recipient site creation and transplantation processes.

The Qualities of Soft Sedation The Qualities of Soft Sedation

Soft FUE

- Soft FUE provides high levels of comfort to patients as well as the medical team.
- The patient receiving sedation does not feel any pain during the administration of local anesthesia.
- The patient remains conscious over the course of the procedure.
- The patient is allowed to eat and drink prior to the operation. This does not prevent sedation to be administered.
- The patient can meet all his/her needs during the operation (such as going to the toilet, eating and drinking).
- The patient can return home or to the hotel without having any difficulty as soon as the operation ends.

What are the side effects of hair transplantation? What are the side effects of hair transplantation?

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Complications such as infections of the scalp are very rare after a hair transplant procedure.
Some side effects patients may experience during the phase of recovery are; swelling, soreness and small crusts that forms on the areas of the scalp.

What should I do if I experience pain after my hair transplant? What should I do if I experience pain after my hair transplant?

Hair transplant

If you experience minor pain after the hair transplant procedure you can use a mild painkiller that has been prescribed by your doctor.

Where do they take hair from for a hair transplant? Where do they take hair from for a hair transplant?

Hair transplant

Follicles for transplanting are harvested from the donor area, which is usually the rear and sides of the head.
This area is also known as the "safe zone".
As the follicles on the sides and back of the head are not affected by the DHT hormone, they are not prone to hair loss.
When hair follicles are extracted from the donor area and transplanted to the areas that need coverage, they will be showing the same bald-resistant traits.
In cases where the donor areas remain weak and insufficient to supply the amount of hair for the transplant, then beard hair can be used as an additional donor resource for the procedure.
Beard grafts remain in the growth (anagen) phase for long periods and after the back of the scalp, are an excellent alternative donor source for hair transplantation.
Beard grafts are known to be thicker than the grafts at the back of the head.
For this reason, to provide better volume in the transplanted area, hair grafts extracted from the beard are transplanted in the top and crown area, but it may not be the best option for front hair restoration.

How long should I wait between two hair transplant operations? How long should I wait between two hair transplant operations?

Hair transplant

We advise waiting at least 6-7 months between sessions with 12 months being ideal.
Because in order to create an operation plan for the second hair transplant procedure, the results of the first hair transplant should be seen first.
A one year period is required to achieve maximum growth of the newly transplanted hairs and for all the incision marks to be undetectable.

Which hair transplant method should I prefer? Which hair transplant method should I prefer?

Hair transplant

During your initial consultation, the physician will determine which transplantation method is best for you based on your hair loss classification, the size of the thinning area, quality and quantity of your available donor hair.
For example if the patient has severe hair loss and bald patches are too wide to be covered, even if the patient wants to undergo a one session hair transplant procedure using the DHI method, he/she will be a better candidate for the FUE technique.
The reason for this is that the FUE technique enables to harvest higher amounts of grafts in a single session.

What are the differences between FUE technique and the DHI technique? What are the differences between FUE technique and the DHI technique?

Hair transplant

- DHI method replicates every step of the FUE method excluding incision and transplantation. In DHI the last two steps are merged into one.
- The major distinctive feature of the DHI method compared to other hair transplant methods is that the DHI technique employs a pen-like medical instrument called "Choi impanter" that creates the recipient sites and simultaneously transplants the grafts.
- FUE method allows to transplant around 3000 to 4500 grafts in a single session, whereas in the DHI technique around 3000 to 3500 follicular unit grafts can be transplanted during a single session.
- DHI method has a faster recovery period and can be performed with less bleeding compared to the FUE method.
- FUE method is ideal for covering larger areas, whereas the DHI method provides a better possibility for achieveing higher density.
- FUE method requires patients to have their heads completely shaved prior to the procedure, whereas the DHI method only requires the donor area to be shaved. This provides a significant advantage for female patients.
- The DHI method requires more skill and experience than other hair transplant methods. This in turn, requires the physicians and medical teams to be exposed to a long-term training period so as to specialize in utilizing this technique.
- DHI hair transplantation is generally a more costly procedure when compared to other hair transplant methods.

Will my hair transplant results look completely natural? Will my hair transplant results look completely natural?

Hair transplant

When a hair transplantation procedure is performed by an experienced physician and a professional team, the results will ineluctably look natural.
Obtaining natural results from hair transplantation depends on good planning.
Good planning can be accomplished through proper location and design of the hairline, framing the face proportionately.
However, the hair quality of the patient and donor density are also important factors affecting naturalness.
Hair grows at different angles and in different directions.
In order to achieve naturalness, hair transplantation should be performed by taking the growth angle and direction of the existing hair into account.

When can I cut or shave my hair after the hair transplant procedure? When can I cut or shave my hair after the hair transplant procedure?

Hair transplant

After one month you can shorten your hair with a scissor or clipper.
We advise you to wait for six months to shave your head with a razor blade.

Is PRP with hair transplantation defined as an organic hair transplant? Is PRP with hair transplantation defined as an organic hair transplant?

Hair transplant

Organic Hair Transplant is based on the idea of regenerating the transplantation area by injecting stem cell enriched fat tissue removed from the patient’s own body.
On the other hand, PRP is a special treatment that is applied after a hair transplant procedure.
PRP involves taking a small sample of blood and spinning it in a centrifuge to concentrate and separate the platelets and plasma from the other components of your blood.
In PRP, the concentrated plasma of blood including platelets, growth factors, leukocytes, and cytokine is injected back into the body at the injury site.
Hair transplantation supported with PRP enables tissues to heal faster, makes hair follicles remain in the active growth phase for a longer time and helps their adaptation to the transplanted area after the operation.


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