• Adeel Ajaz

A Look at Hair Plugs and Modern Hair Techniques

Hair plugs are a technique used to cover baldness. A hair plug is an outdated form of hair transplant. Many surgeons who are experts in hair plug transplants still use this technique.

In this article, we will learn more about hair loss and some myths about hair fallout. You will also learn about hair plugs and what they are, hair plugs transplant techniques, other transplant methods, and why hair plugs aren't used anymore.

Overview of Hair Loss & Hair Fallout

These days hair loss is widespread in both men and women, and even young adults. Hair loss is also known as alopecia, or baldness, it can be temporary or permanent. Generally, baldness relates to unnecessary hair loss on the scalp. Inherited hair loss with age is the most common reason for baldness. Hair loss is the reason we need a hair plug transplant.

Hair loss was initially thought to be a sign of aging, but nowadays it can be found in any age group because of the busy lifestyle. There are several reasons for hair loss including: genetic inheritance, medication, hormonal imbalance, the type of diet you consume, and even too much stress can all lead to hair fallout. In contrast, you may have heard many myths about the causes of the hair fall out, so let's clarify those below.

Myths About Hair Fallout

There are some common myths that you should know regarding hair fall:

  1. Inherited genes from the mother's side only can cause baldness. This simply isn't accurate; it can be inherited from either of the parents.

  2. Wearing hats can stop the circulation of hair follicles which leads to hair loss. False, wearing a hat does not cause hair loss.

  3. Too much blow dry or flat and curling iron is the reason for hair fallout. Frequent use of hot hairdryers can damage and break your hair, which may cause it to look thinner. Also, repeated application of heat can weaken the hair follicles, causing breakage and thinning. Hair loss is usually not caused by hair drying itself.

  4. Using shampoo to wash hair daily or the use of styling products can cause hair fallout and hair loss It is very uncommon for most ordinary shampoos to cause hair loss, (the company making such products would most likely go out of business); however, it can exacerbate an underlying condition.

  5. Brushing hair too much makes the hair fallout. Hair that comes out while brushing is most likely already weak, which is why regular brushing is usually not the underlying reason for hair fall.

  6. Tight ponytails can lead to hair loss. Yes and no, repeatedly using tight hairstyles to the same region on the scalp can cause strain on the hair follicles and compromised blood circulation to that region, also known as 'Traction Alopecia.' Otherwise, loosening the grip should not be the underlying reason for the hair loss.

Hair Plugs and What Are They?

Ok, let’s now discuss how hair plugs became a solution to hair loss. Hair plugs are the group of hairs collected from the back or side of the hair to transplant them into the bald area. Each group of hair plugs contains almost 20 hair strands. Hair plug is an old term in medical history, which is still common in hair transplant procedures today. In 1950 first hair plug transplant surgery was performed.

After the hair follicle plugs are removed from the donor scalp area, the surgeon removes the extra round pieces of tissue from the bald area into which they are to be transplanted, essentially creating small holes in the scalp. These holes are left to heal on their own after the surgery.

Hair Plugs Transplant Techniques

Various methods were used to transplant when hair plugs were considered effective in hair loss. These methods are:

  1. Punch Grafting

  2. Mini Graft and Micro Graft

Punch Grafting

Punch grafting is a hair plug transplant method in which 4mm cylindrical hair punch is removed from the head. The punch contains all most 12 to 30 hair strands and transplanted in the balled area. Even after 4 or 5 treatments, this method creates an unnatural look. Because of the strange, unnatural look, this method was used only for 20 years.

Mini Graft and Micro Graft

In mini-graft, 3 to 8 hairs are used. For micro-graft, 1 to 4 hair strands are used for the transplant, respectively. So, the difference between the two is the number of hairs in the graft. Both types of grafting include cutting a thin strip of hair from the donor area. It leaves a small scar after the extraction area is stitched or stapled.

Right after, the graft is plugged in the donor area with a needle or scalpel, which leaves a small slit. Two to four mini grafting sessions are required to complete the process for the best results. This method also causes an unnatural look.

Hair Plugs Cost

Hair plugs cost is not well-defined because this technique is not used anymore. Modern hair transplant methods have now taken center stage. Originally, the price can vary because of the number of sessions you receive for the complete transplant. Hair doctors usually charged $3 to $15 per graft, and the total cost depends on the number of grafts and sessions required for the completion. You can get the exact price when at a consultation since the cost can vary drastically from patient to patient.

Why Hair Plugs Are Not Used Anymore

If you are considering visiting a hair doctor, then you should strongly consider the following:

  1. The first and foremost reason was that it was a costly, expensive procedure to perform that yielded an unnatural look.

  2. You may need more than one surgery to cover the baldness over your lifetime.

  3. Your hair may look fake after the transplant because of the hair gaps, which sometimes had a crisscrossed pattern or were noticeable with the naked eye.

  4. Perceptions of attaining similar hair density to your youth with the procedure led to mistaken expectations.

  5. You could get tiny scars in your head after the hair transplant with a possible risk for infection.

  6. Baldness can increase with every passing year, causing the procedure to be short-sighted if performed too early.

Hair Plugs Vs. Modern Transplant Methods

Modern hair transplants methods have progressed and are far superior to the older, outdated hair plugs technique. Both are similar in that they do most of the work by moving healthy hair to areas of the scalp where the hair stops growing or becomes noticeably thinner. Otherwise, there is no other similarity between hair plugs and modern hair transplants. There are two modern techniques used these days, which are FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant) and FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction).

As we discussed earlier, hair plugs use cylindrical patches, which cause an unnatural look, whereas, in FUT and FUE, a single unit or a strip is extracted from the donor area, which results in a more natural look. Both FUT and FUE have their clear benefits over hair plugs in terms of the better method. The remaining scar is insignificant, and in fewer sessions, better results can be obtained. And both modern transplant methods have minimum side effects because both procedures are less invasive, whereas hair plugs cause many side effects. The main side effects of hair plugs are unnatural look and scars that left behind.

Are Hair Plugs Better Than Modern Hair Transplants?

The hair plugs can take several sessions to complete the look, while FUE can be completed in just a few sessions. Besides, hair plugs don't look as natural as FUE hair transplants. The FUE recovery method better in that the difference to your natural hair is imperceptible. It is innovative because it leaves no scars, and the recovery time is shorter than that of hair plugs.

Hair plugs are an outdated method that are rarely used these days. FUE hair transplantation is the usually recommended technique used by surgeons and doctors who use modern and advanced technologies. So, it is safe to say that modern hair transplant methods are better than hair plugs.

Is it possible to remove Hair Plugs

Yes, old hair plugs can be surgically removed, and many people have done this procedure. With the changes in transplant techniques, recipients wanted to attain a more natural look for their hair. In fact, some men have decided to become completely bald instead of opting for an unnatural look.

7 Things to Consider About Hair Transplant Procedures

If you have considered a hair transplant procedure, then consider the following:

  1. Hair plugs do not cure the male-pattern or female pattern baldness. It can cover the bald area on the head, but the issue remains.

  2. Improved and modern transplant procedures replace the hair plug procedure.

  3. Not everyone can have a hair transplant because it depends on how many hairs left on your head. And if you had many head injuries, surgery, or burn, then it may not be possible to plug hair in that area.

  4. Women can also have a hair transplant; however, it can be a bit different than it is for men understanding these difference can make a difference in cost and method

  5. You may experience side effects after the transplant. These side effects include scars, bleeding, infection, itching, etc.

  6. It is possible to have a complete hair transplant in one session, but you may need multiple sessions to complete the process.

  7. Botched hair plugs and transplant procedure can usually be fixed, but the time, emotional, and physical toll this could have should be greatly considered in going through the procedure in the first place

Bottom Line

I hope this article provided some preliminary understanding of what hair plugs are and what they are not. If you have decided to have a hair transplant, you need to do some research about the best hair doctor in your area and set up an initial consultation. A reliable hair surgeon will guide you on what would be best for you and perform the procedure carefully.

Furthermore, increasing the protein and iron consumption in your diet to keep your remaining hair secure and healthy is always recommended. Take a balanced diet, protein, and iron helps in the growth of hair. Also, try to incorporate some exercise or yoga to reduce stress in your life to maintain a healthy lifestyle in your daily routine. Stress is actually one of the most overlooked causes of hair loss and should not be undermined. So, stay happy and stay positive!

One last note before you considering any kind of surgery. Here at myhairmylife.com, I strongly recommend starting with applying a holistic approach that normally stimulates hair growth using natural products, vitamins, strategies, & methods in your quest for natural, healthy hair restoration before resorting to costly life-altering procedures. You might just be genuinely surprised at what you can achieve!

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