For both men and women who are experiencing baldness or hair loss, it’s good to know that you have options available to retain or maintain a certain aesthetic look. From medications and tonics to treatment procedures, there are a lot of options available for hair restoration. Many people get confused about the difference between hair plugs and hair transplants, as learning medical terminology can often be confusing when there are similar sounding treatments.
Hair plugs are a form of hair transplant, which many people may not have known until now. Hair transplant technology has come a long way to help restore people’s confidence and self-esteem. In the 1950s hair plugs were first used instead of follicular unit strip surgery (FUS), which started to gain traction in the 1990s. While hair plugs are a bit outdated, they are still used today.
Hair plugs refer to the grouping of hairs that would be inserted into the scalp. In other words, hair plugs are round grafts of hair inserted into the scalp. The number of hair plugs used depends on the person’s specific case, mostly, how much hair loss is there (baldness), and what color the hair is. For the hair plug procedure, there is a strip, mini, micro, slit, and punch graft. The plugs all differ by the shape and number of hair follicles they consist of. Often times, the hair plugs look and behave like real hair does, but sometimes if not done properly it can look fake, and unnatural, due to the way the hair grows. In other words, the newly transplanted hair does not always mimic the natural growth of our hair and the fact that you have plugs can begin to look quite obvious.
Today, modern hair restoration and transplantation has evolved to Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), which is a hair transplant technology that aims to give balding people with hair loss the most natural looking hair possible. During the FUE procedure, hair grafts consisting of a small number of hair follicles, are removed from donor sites, from other areas of your body, and transplanted to the balding areas of your head. This is your real hair, not some artificial plug that you have to worry about looking fake.
To learn more about hair plugs and hair transplants, MAXiM Hair Restoration has locations in New York, Long Island, Connecticut, Chicago, Dallas, and the Washington, DC area. Contact MAXiM today for a consultation.