Difference between Classical FUE and Sapphire FUE Hair Transplantation

Difference between Classical FUE and Sapphire FUE Hair Transplantation

The trend of hair transplantation is not new. It is one of those sciences that has not only evolved over the years but has also been perfected via their updated techniques. The hair transplantation process was first initiated in the 18th and 19th centuries when doctors conducted the process of transplanting both on animal and human hair. It is believed that the modern-day hair transplantation dates back to the 1930s when it was originated in Japan by a dermatologist, Dr. Okuda.

Soon, in the 1950s, this unique and innovative invention of Japan traveled to New York City. Back then, another dermatologist of New York, Dr. Norman Orentreich conducted the first hair transplant operation to cover male pattern baldness. By the 1980s, the large grafts that surgeons used to make for transplanting hair were now replaced by restoring hair. Therefore, from then on, there was no looking back. Gradually, more methods have come up to fulfill the needs of the customers.

In the last two decades, the number of people getting their hair transplanted has increased manifold. Now, people are more interested to undergo a hair transplantation surgery than remaining bald for the rest of their life. Of all hair transplantation techniques, the FUE or follicular unit extraction is the most common type of hair transplant methodology. However, due to technological advancement, two common types of FUE techniques have been developed. They are:

  1. Classical or traditional FUE
  2. Sapphire FUE

Before getting into the difference between classical and sapphire FUE, let’s learn about them individually.

FUE hair transplant

The follicular unit extraction or FUE, being the most common type of hair transplantation, extracts the stands of hair from a hairy region and implants them in the bald location. This extraction of hair from the donor area and implantation of the same hair into the receiving area is done with the help of a micro punch motor. Since the FUE hair transplantation technique is invasive, one experiences minimal pain while following this method of hair transplantation. Besides experiencing a painless recovery process, the FUE technique also promises faster recovery.

In the whole FUE hair transplantation process, the major step is to open the channels from where the hair stands can be collected. The channels where these hairs have to be grafted also need to be opened. Generally, doctors choose common donor areas like the chest, back of the head, or nape and beard. After the extraction of the hair follicles from the donor region, the doctor places them into the bald region by making tiny incisions. The hairs are then placed in these incisions, underneath the skin. In this phase, the doctors place the hairs with utmost delicacy as the placement of the hair will determine two things:

  • The density of the hair
  • The direction in which the new hairs will grow

Since this is a delicate phase, the doctors take utmost care while carrying out this phase. One mistake occurs in this process of hair placement, the results can be damaging. This is why it is recommended to conduct hair transplant surgeries only in reputed clinics or under the guidance of renowned surgeons.

Sapphire blades vs. steel blades

As has been mentioned earlier in this blog, the openings or the incisions that the surgeon makes while hair transplanting is vital. However, the materials used to make these openings depend on the technique of hair transplantation that the doctor is following. One of the major differences between the classic FUE and sapphire FUE is the blades that are used to make the incisions.

In the sapphire hair transplantation treatment, there are a variety of blades available belonging to different sizes – 1.0 mm, 1.3 mm, and 1.5 mm. These varieties of sapphire blades make it easier to maintain the accuracy and precision of the incisions. Also, it is with the help of these sapphire blades that the surgeon can decide the length of the graft in relation to regulating their dimension. The blades that have gemstone tips allow the surgeon to offer a denser hair look to the customer as it creates much smaller incisions than the others, thereby implanting more grafts of hair steadily.

Besides, not all patients’ skins are suitable for all kinds of metals. For those who have sensitive skin, the sapphire FUE hair transplantation technique is the ideal solution for them. Since steel blades are used in the classic FUE hair transplantation technique, patients with sensitive skin are sure to get allergic to it. Another reason to pick the sapphire hair transplant in Turkey is its painless process and quicker recovery. Once the sapphire hair transplantation technique is conducted, patients need not fear any kind of bleeding and trauma. Also, this sapphire hair transplant takes much less time to recover. 

Who can undergo the sapphire FUE hair transplantation technique?

Indeed, the sapphire hair transplantation technique is a great option. However, there are some eligibility criteria that one has to undergo before the surgeon can decide whether the sapphire hair transplant in Turkey can at all be conducted. These are the parameters that one has to qualify to undergo the sapphire hair transplantation technique:

Androgenetic alopecia

One of the major causes of hair loss in both men and women is majorly due to androgenetic alopecia. The reason behind such kind of an alopecia is the presence of DHT or dihydrotestosterone. It is due to the presence of the DH hormone that the hairs gradually start minimizing and tend to become shorter with each passing day.

Donor area

When you are about to conduct a sapphire hair transplant in Turkey, the quality and the quantity of hair in the donor area matter.

Bald pattern

The pattern of baldness is measured with the Hamiton Norwood scale. Generally, the severity of the baldness should be somewhere between 1 to 6. However, if the measurement is more than this, a sapphire hair transplant cannot be conducted.   

Medical condition

Patients suffering from cancer, kidney problem, liver problem, hemophilia, or undergoing chemotherapy cannot conduct sapphire hair transplantation.


By now, you have already got some information about sapphire hair transplantation. If you are looking for an affordable option, the sapphire hair transplant in Turkey is the best that you have at hand. Do not forget to consult with the best doctors and then undergo the treatment.