SAPPHIRE FUE TRANSPLANTATION
Hair restoration is a highly sophisticated subspecialty that offers significant relief to patients with hair loss. An improved understanding of the aesthetics of hair loss and cosmetic hair restoration, hair anatomy and physiology, and the development of microvascular surgical instrumentation has revolutionized the approach to surgical hair restoration since the original description. Additional elements that contribute to the current state of the art in hair restoration include graft size, site creation, packing density, and medical control of hair loss.
WHAT IS SAPPHIRE FUE TRANSPLANTATION ?
FUE ( Follicle Unit Extraction) hair transplant method, hair follicles ( grafts ) are individually removed from the donor site in the occipital region. Then the extracted hair follicles are transplanted into the incisions that have been created in the recipient area. In the sapphire FUE, the incisions are a are created using sharp, smooth and durable sapphire blade. As a result more channels can be opened, enabling the hair follicles to be transplanted closer to each other and achive natural looking results.
HOW MANY GRAFTS CAN BE TRANSPLANTED IN ONE SESSION ?
An experienced surgeon can transplant a total of 4000-4500 hair follicles (grafts) in 4 to 6 hours in a single session for an individual. Since no new hair follicle develops to replace the extracted hair follicle, these numbers are not exceeded in order not to create a visible hair thinning on the donor site. No visible thinning occurs on that region between the ears as long as the safe limits are not exceeded.
Transplantation of 4000-4500 hair follicles in total corresponds to 10,000-12,000 hair shafts. This number of grafts allows 30 to 60 hair follicles per square centimeter ( 80 to 150 hair shafts per cm2)
HOW IS SAPPHIRE FUE PERFORMED ?
The sapphire FUE method uses thin needles (with a diameter of between 0.6-0.8mm) and a micro motor for extraction od the grafts. The healthy follicular units found on the nape and the side areas of the head are targeted. The targeted units are removed one by one without causing harm using thin, hollow needles with a diameter of between 0.6-0.8 mm attached to a micro motor. In order to place the grafts, the surgeon make very small incisions with a sharp instrument with sapphire blade and insert the grafts into these incisions by holding them with fine tip instruments.
WHAT ARE THE EXPECTED RESULTS FROM HAIR TRANSPLANTATION ?
The results of contemporary hair restoration are natural, enduring, and are performed with a very high level of patient safety. This degree of refinement has been established through an improved understanding of hair biology and physiology as well as the incorporation of standard microsurgical techniques. The combination of graft size, site creation, packing density, and selected donor hair are the key elements the hair restoration surgeon utilizes to artistically craft the transplant.