With its most popular role in jewelry to weapon making. Sapphire is making an appearance hair transplants. Owing to its properties, the valuable gemstone is revolutionizing the hair transplant industry. And Sapphire FUE is becoming the hot topic of the decade. Listed below are characteristics of sapphire that make it ideal.
Properties of Sapphire
1- Non Thrombogenic
Sapphire is popular as a raw material for medical-surgical instruments for this property. Sapphire is non-thrombogenic. Non-thrombogenicity refers to the ability for a stone to produce a clot upon contact with the blood. It is also non-reactive, making the technique of Sapphire FUE safe.
Sapphire, the second hardest element on earth simultaneously possesses a contradicting trait. Although sapphire is the hardest stone, second only to diamond, the gemstone is exceptionally flexible. For a stone to hold such characteristics is very rare. The rigidity of the stone and its flexibility make it perfect for use in medical equipment. The mentioned characteristics give it a very sharp end. Given its micro size, the incisions made with sapphire cause much less cell damage compared to other equipment.
As a result of its toughness, sapphire blades need minimal effort to make incisions and hence cause less trauma to the skin. Sapphire is so sharp, gently applying it on a surface would make the cuts needed without causing damage as opposed to steel.
Hence why Sapphire FUE is perfect for hair transplants.
Sapphire, chemically known as aluminum oxide, is inert meaning a compound that is non reactive with body fluids. The risk of a body reaction with sapphire is by far lower than other material.
Given the extremely slim width of sapphire blades, they are see-through. This particular characteristic is essential as it helps the surgeon be more precise and accurate. It gives surgeons perspective when making incisions. As the surgeons make cuts, they are able to see the tissue beneath it increasing precision. And making the final results closer to perfection.
The stone withstands pressure and damage and remains intact. Hence making it perfect as a raw material. Because despite its initial high costs, they last a long time.
How Does The Sapphire FUE Affect Hair Transplants
Given the properties of sapphire, its use in hair transplant has many advantages. Most of which cannot happen without the use of Sapphire stone. For one, the hardness and durability allow for the blades to have sharper V-shaped ends in contrast to the U-shaped ends in steel blades.
This means that Sapphire FUE blades have a sharper end tip. And in return the instruments need less pressure to penetrate the scalp. So the channel opening occurs much faster completing more incisions per session.
Moreover, blades made of sapphire do not damage surrounding tissue and cause minimal scarring.
Since the use of sapphire allows for both faster channel opening rates and less irritation sapphire FUE is best for many types of hair loss. For those with advanced hair loss or those with small areas of hair loss.Whether you do not want to damage nearby tissue or want as much implants per session as possible.
To top it off, sapphire or aluminum oxide is non-reactive with fluid and as a result, does not trigger an immune reaction from the body. Making Sapphire FUE a safe technique
Sapphire FUE VS Standard FUE
The standard FUE uses stainless steel blades. Stainless steel is the traditional surgical equipment used for thousands of years. Although stainless steel gets the job done, it in no way compares to sapphire. For one steel is not as flexible or hard as sapphire and hence, not as sharp. Thus, steel requires more pressure to penetrate the scalp and leaves minor scars as opposed to the immaculate finish of sapphire FUE.
Aside from the material of the blade and the significant effects it brings about, the steps of the procedures are similar. Both include the same process. From hairline design, extraction, preserving extracted follicular units, channel opening, to finally implantation.
The material of the blades affects the channel opening phase as it is the only phase that requires the use of blades. On average the extraction and channel opening phases can take anywhere between 1 to 3 hours. But, when employing sapphire FUE the channel opening phase is shorter and by far more efficient. In other words, although more concise, more incisions can be made per session and so transplants.
FUE alone revolutionized the hair transplant industry upon its emergence. But, as is the case with most inventions, there is always room for upgrades. The advancements at times can do more harm than good, other times they are efficient and great and this is the case with sapphire FUE.
The use of sapphire, although seems trivial, is the touch FUE needed to be as close to perfection as possible. With sapphire blades, and given their sharp tip ends, the process of channel-opening is more efficient. With a tapered tip and a smaller surface area, the blades can penetrate the skin and create channels with limited pressure. So, the rate of incisions per session increases. More incision translates to more implantation and thicker hair growth.
Since the incisions are micro in size as a result of the sharp tip, which leads to smaller wounds and a lower risk of infections.
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