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Everything You Need to Know about Hair Plugs

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The History of "Hair Plugs"

An old style hair transplant is called “hair plugs” – but why?  Old style hair transplants used to look very similar to the hair on a doll’s head. That type of hair transplant is the result of a very old technique that was developed when hair surgery was first being pioneered.

Good News! No More Plugs!

Today’s modern hair transplant technique is completely undetectable.  Surgeons no longer use large grafts that are spread apart unnaturally.  Doctors pack smaller grafts in tightly so future hair loss will not result in sparsely placed permanent plugs of hair. 

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Have you seen a hair transplant that looks like this?
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Why Did Hair Plugs Look so Unnatural?

Doctors harvested hair with a circular punch device, and each graft contained as many as 20 hairs. The medical team placed the transplanted grafts far apart to insure that the hair had ample blood supply to survive.  This resulted in very unnatural-looking, “pluggy” hair groupings.

Three Reasons Why Our Transplants are Not Pluggy

Grafts are Tightly Packed

Because grafts are small, they don’t compete for the blood supply, which means they can be packed tightly together for a soft natural look. We use two processes to achieve this.  Dense Packing and Ultra Dense Packing to place the hairs as close together as possible.

Our Graft Size is Small

We Grow Hair (PAI) uses a variety of graft sizes.  Single hair grafts frame the frontal hairline.   Two and three hair grafts as well as Multiple Follicular Unit Grafts build density in the mid-scalp area. None are so large that they will look unnatural later.

Hair Placement is Planned

Our Experienced Surgeons plan for future hair loss so your plan is uniquely designed just for you. We can develop advanced hair loss management plans to maximize long term results for you.

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Good News! It Can be Fixed!

You Don't Have to Live with Hair Plugs any Longer!

Did you have a really unnatural looking hair transplant many years ago? Or maybe you went to Turkey or an inexperienced hair clinic for your hair transplant.  Whatever the case, you don’t have to settle with a noticeable, embarrassing hair transplant any longer. By strategically placing various sized grafts throughout the thinning area, doctors can camouflage and soften the look of a bad hair transplant.

FAQs about Hair Plugs

Our surgeons are all M.D.’s who are members of ISHRS. The naturalness of a transplant depends greatly on the surgeon’s artistic and surgical skill level.  If a surgeon is inexperienced, even with the newest techniques, a hair transplant can still look pluggy.

Unlike some clinics that allow unlicensed medical staff to perform hair transplants, PAI Medical Group only uses licensed Medical Doctors to perform your surgery.  Our licensed surgeons are primarily responsible for each and every step during a hair transplant procedure.  Plus, you benefit from an entire skilled medical team as well.

Most of today’s hair transplants no longer look pluggy.  If they do, it’s because some clinics use older techniques while other clinics use surgeons who are not experienced or artistically skilled. Some surgeons place grafts too far apart or place larger grafts in the frontal hairline.

The majority of our staff has worked together for 10 or more years.  That contributes to their efficiency, speed and natural-looking outcome.

Hair implants are a form of cosmetic surgery that involve placing artificial hair into the scalp to address hair loss or thinning hair. However, despite their initial appeal, there are several reasons why hair implants, particularly synthetic ones, are generally not recommended. Firstly, synthetic hair implants are banned in the United States due to the potential risks they pose. One major concern is the increased risk of infection and inflammation associated with synthetic materials. These artificial fibers may not interact well with the scalp, leading to complications and adverse reactions. To ensure patient safety, it is essential to avoid procedures with such potential risks. Secondly, synthetic hair implants are not FDA-approved for use in the United States. This lack of approval indicates that they have not undergone the stringent evaluation process required to ensure their safety and effectiveness. Without this approval, it is challenging to determine the true risks and benefits associated with these implants. Moreover, the availability and advancements in modern hair transplant techniques using real hair have made synthetic hair implants less desirable. With the use of real hair grafts, such as those obtained from the patient's own scalp, the results are generally more natural-looking and have a higher success rate. Real hair transplants also tend to have a lower risk of adverse reactions and complications compared to synthetic alternatives. Taking these factors into consideration, it can be concluded that the risks and lack of approval of synthetic hair implants outweigh any potential benefits. Given the availability of more reliable and successful alternatives, the exclusion of synthetic hair implants is not considered a significant loss to the field of cosmetic surgery.

Neograft is a hand-held semi-automated FUE technique that is not  robotic like the ARTAS. It's more expensive than FUT and there is a learning curve for surgeons who adopt this technology, potentially affecting the quality of the procedure. The success of your procedure depends on the skill level of the surgeon, and several things can go wrong if the surgeon is not experienced, such as over-harvesting and unsatisfactory results.  For those with advanced hair loss, Neograft as well as any FUE procedure including ARTAS, is not effective.