Hair Plugs vs Hair Transplants: From Noticeable to Natural

Hair Plugs vs Hair Transplants: From Noticeable to Natural

Hair loss has become one of the top concerns for most people these days. Most of us experience hair loss no matter what age and gender we are. Reasons behind hair loss can be genes, hormonal imbalance, unhealthy diet, nutrient deficiency or some medical conditions. If you are a victim of genetic or hereditary hair loss, you may come across so many remedies, by now you should know surgical hair restoration is the only way you get your natural hairs back.

When we talk about surgical hair restoration, the two possibilities that we come across are “hair plugs” and “hair transplant”. Hair plugs are an old standard for hair transplantation that has now become obsolete due to the arrival of advanced hair transplantation techniques. Let us compare hair plugs and hair transplant.

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Hair plugs

Hair plugs is an older and obsolete form of hair transplantation that includes the removal of a piece of the scalp to obtain hair follicles. After that, the surgeon extracts hair follicles from that piece and insert them at the bald spot or hairline.

This leaves large scars on the donor area and makes your head vulnerable to numerous diseases. It is completely outdated treatment and not recommended by most surgeons around the world.

Hair Transplant

Hair transplant is the modern term for surgical hair restoration that involves moving hair follicles from one part of the scalp to another. The area from where the follicle is taken is called as “Donor area” while the area where they are transplanted is known as “recipient area”. There are two in-demand techniques of hair transplant including Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).

Follicular Unit Transplant

Follicular unit transplant is one of the two most used techniques for hair transplantation. It is an updated form of hair plugs in which, instead of removing a chunk from the Donor Area, a small strip of hair follicles is removed.

Follicular Unit Extraction

FUE is the technique in which singular hair follicles are extracted from the donor area. It consumes a bit more time than FUT, but it leaves no scar on the scalp. No one will be able to judge your hair transplant surgery after an FUE procedure.

Stem Cell FUE hair transplant

Stem Cell FUE hair transplant is an advanced form of FUE in which hair follicles are extracted with the help of an automated tool. It increases the efficiency of the procedure by reducing the delay,  follicular damage and encourage new hair growth on the donor spots.

Hair transplant vs hair plugs

The advanced techniques of hair transplantation including Follicular Unit Transplant and Follicular Unit Extraction has revolutionized the surgical hair restoration. There are numerous reasons why modern techniques have replaced the older hair graft technique.

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Hair Plugs

Hair Transplant

In a hair plug transplantation, a piece of scalp is removed that contains a large number of hair follicles. This leads to heavy scars and wastage of hair follicles In a hair transplant, singular follicular units are extracted from the Donor area. The breakage of hair follicles is minimized in this procedure
Due to severe scars, hair plugs results in an unnatural look. The newly transplanted hair would take an irregular pattern. The latest hair transplantation techniques like FUT and FUE offer completely natural outcomes that nobody can even judge you have undergone a hair transplant
After a hair plugs procedure, the hairline looks unnatural The hairline in FUT and FUE looks perfectly natural

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If you are suffering from hair loss or baldness and want to opt the best technique for that, Stem cell FUE hair transplant in Dubai is your option. It is less invasive, leaves no scars, provides maximum results and consumes less time as compared to other methods. To book a FREE consultation, fill in the form below and one of our representatives will hear you back soon.


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Written By: Dr. Cagatay Sezgin

Dr. Cagatay Sezgin is a celebrity hair transplant surgeon with over 20 years of experience in hair transplantation and restoration. He is the First Turkish Board Surgeon to become a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) and the Asian Association of Hair Transplant Surgeons (AAHRS). Moreover, he has the honor of becoming the first hair transplant surgeon in the world to perform hair, eyebrow, and beard transplantation all in one case and that too in a single session.

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