Is a hair transplant the same thing as getting hair plugs?
The term “hair plugs” is an outdated, outmoded term that was used years ago when patients had small areas of skin removed and where a plug of hair with anywhere from five to ten hairs was placed in, sometimes sewn into position in the scalp. The problems with these hair plugs is that they left a very visible and very regular and unnatural look to the hair transplant work itself. Today, a modern hair transplant which is done with follicular unit hair grafts involves either one, two, three or even sometimes four hairs with a minimum of skin and placed into a small tiny incision. The modern way of doing the hair transplant does not involve any evidence of transplantation. Once the new hair grows in it simply looks like your natural hair without any evidence of a “plug.”
Posted by Richard Galitz, MD, FACS