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Are Hair Plugs Still a Thing?

Are Hair Plugs Still a Thing?

You don’t use fax machines anymore, and you don’t rent videos from Blockbuster. And if you have hair transplant surgery, you won’t receive “hair plugs” either. That is because hair plugs are similarly obsolete and relics of the past.

An Early Technique That Technology and Technique Has Passed By

Hair plugs were an early type of hair transplant technique that used plug-grafts to cover thinning and balding areas. During these procedures, surgeons would punch out “plugs” (round sections of skin and hair follicles) from the back of the head and insert them into balding parts of the scalp.

The problem was that these plugs could be so unsightly and evident that the cure was essentially as bad if not worse than the original condition. Hair plugs often produced an unnatural hairline and a doll-like appearance. For a long time, however, hair plugs were the only game in town when it came to hair transplant surgery

Today, the hair restoration techniques we use at the Miami Hair Institute bear little resemblance to what was standard 10 or 20 years ago. Our advanced hair transplant procedures leave virtually no sign that a patient has had surgery and leave our patients with full, robust, and natural-looking looking hair. In fact, a 2010 study by the International Society of Hair Restoration found that 85 percent of Americans were unable to identify a hair transplant patient who had their hair restored using these new methods.

Follicular Unit Extraction Sent Hair Plugs Packing

The Miami Hair Institute’s Dr. Bernard Nusbaum and Dr. Paul Rose have been pioneers in developing and using the precise, highly refined hair restoration technique called Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).

Follicular Unit Extraction is a minimally invasive way of transplanting individual hair follicles for natural-looking results. FUE involves harvesting donor hairs using a circular needle called a “punch.” We remove follicular units from the donor area in a scattered pattern to eliminate the linear scar associated with traditional donor strip harvesting.

Call the Miami Hair Institute Today to Learn More About Our Groundbreaking Hair Restoration Procedures

If you have been reluctant to consider hair transplant surgery because you’re concerned about hair plugs or unnatural results, your concerns are things of the past. Today, your future with a full head of hair is within reach.

To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

5 Benefits of an FUE Hair Transplant

Hair Plug Transplants vs. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Hair Plug Transplants vs. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair loss is no laughing matter. In the past, however, efforts to conceal baldness or restore hair were often so transparent that they would cause chuckles to even casual observers. Bad toupees weren’t the only source of such laughter. Older hair restoration techniques – “hair plugs” – could be so unsightly and painfully obvious that the cure was pretty much as bad if not worse than the original condition.

Fortunately, hair plugs are a thing of the past.

Hair Plugs Are No More

The pace of technological advancement that has so dramatically transformed our lives in so many ways over the past few decades has also transformed the art and science of hair restoration. The “pluggy” hair transplant procedures of the past are ancient history. You can put hair plugs next to the VCRs and fax machines in the technological trash.

Today, the hair restoration procedures we use at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami are so advanced and revolutionary that they bear little resemblance to what was common 10 or 20 years ago.

The techniques we use leave virtually no sign that a hair transplant has been performed and leave our patients with full, robust, and youthful looking hair. In fact, a 2010 study by the International Society of Hair Restoration found that 85 percent of Americans could not identify a hair transplant patient who was treated using these new techniques.

Our two award-winning and groundbreaking surgeons, Dr. Bernard Nusbaum and Dr. Paul Rose, have been pioneers in the development and use of the precise, highly refined hair restoration procedure known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). They have performed thousands of FUE hair restoration surgeries with outstanding results.

What is Follicular Unit Extraction?

Follicular Unit Extraction is a minimally invasive method of transplanting individual hair follicles for natural-looking results. FUE involves harvesting using a circular needle called a “punch.” Follicular units are removed from the donor area with a one-millimeter circular tool in a scattered pattern to eliminate the linear scar associated with traditional donor strip harvesting, including the Follicular Unit Grafting procedure.

The advantages of this technique include maintaining the donor area without any linear scar visible to the naked eye. In fact, the donor area appears to heal faster than with traditional methods and the patient can wear his or her hair as short as desired without being concerned about a linear scar. In addition, the patients who have a limited donor area can also benefit from this procedure.

Precision-Guided Robotics and Highly Skilled Surgeons

Our approach utilizes the image-guided robotics of the ARTAS system, which provides unmatched precision in hair transplantation. The ARTAS procedure restores your hair by transplanting permanent hair from the back or side of the head into thinning areas.

Donor’s hair is chosen using high-resolution digital imaging which provides unparalleled visual detail of the donor area. This gives us as exceptional control of parameters such as spacing between harvests, graft dissection depth, and hair angles to yield robust and viable grafts ready for transplantation.

The selected hair is then precisely removed by our skilled surgeons while most of your hair is left in place so that the area retains its natural appearance. The hair is then transplanted into thinning areas. This transplanted hair will then grow naturally, just as it did before.

Call the Hair Institute of Miami Today to Learn More About Our Groundbreaking Hair Restoration Procedures

If you have been reluctant to consider hair transplant surgery because you’re concerned about hair plugs or an unnatural look, you are living in the past. Today, the future of hair transplant surgery has arrived and your future with a full head of hair is within reach.

At the Hair Institute of Miami. Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are internationally acclaimed leaders in hair restoration surgery. Both are actively engaged in hair loss research, lecture widely, and are constantly refining their techniques to provide even better results.

To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Beyond Hair Plugs

Hearing the phrase hair plugs is enough to send a chill down your spine. Mention hair plugs in casual conversation, and there is an almost universal impulse to recoil. Unsightly and painfully obvious, hair plugs are perceived by many as a desperate and unsuccessful attempt to reclaim the confidence and youthful allure of “normal” hair.

Today, we can do better than hair plugs. Much better.

Hair plugs are uncommon today, given the rapid evolution of hair loss treatment that has occurred over the past few decades. The “pluggy” hair transplant procedures of the past are long gone. Today, they have been replaced by more advanced procedures that leave virtually no sign that a hair transplant has been performed.

Beyond Hair Plugs

Below are several pictures of real patients who have recently elected to have a hair transplant procedure performed by Dr. Nusbaum and Dr. Rose at our hair loss clinic. Together, they illustrate just how far we’ve come since the hair plugs of the ‘80s.

When asked, an overwhelming 85% of Americans cannot identify patients who have had a hair transplant procedure (i).

What Has Replaced Hair Plugs?

Today, there are two fundamental approaches to hair transplant surgery that have replaced hair plugs. The first is strip donor micrografting, and the second is follicular unit extraction (FUE). Both are known to deliver exceptional results.

Strip Donor Procedure

The strip donor procedure is an evolved form of hair transplant surgery. Following initial consultation, the hair transplant surgeon discusses the procedure with the patient, showing him or her how their hair will be surgically restored. Following consultation, the strip donor procedure is performed in 3 basic steps.

First, a linear strip of follicular units is removed from an area of the patient’s scalp designated as the donor area. Next, that linear strip, or micrograft, is separated into tiny clusters of follicular units and prepped for transplant. Finally, each follicular unit is transplanted to the recipient area in a way that restores the scalp with natural density, thickness, and undulation.

Follicular Unit Extraction

Follicular Unit Extraction is a highly refined method of hair transplant that is performed in a similar fashion as strip donor procedures, with 1 major difference. Rather than extracting a linear strip of donor hair, surgeons use a punch instrument to remove clusters of donor follicles individually. Following extraction, these donor follicles are prepped for transplant and implanted to restore the donor area.

New: Robotic FUE

In the past decade, few things have made a more positive and transcendent impact on the medical community as robotic technologies. In the field of hair restoration, robots and advanced high resolution imaging now help surgeons to perform FUE procedures with even greater accuracy, precision, and reproducibility.

Hair transplant robotics technologies, like the ARTAS by Restoration Robotics™, enable surgeons to extract a greater number of donor follicles, without the downside of physical or mental fatigue. Following extraction, surgeons manually transplant the donor follicles just as they would in a typical FUE procedure.

Learn more about robotic FUE with the ARTAS in Miami.

Am I a Candidate for Hair Transplant?

To learn more about hair transplant procedures, visit this page on surgical hair restoration techniques. To learn if you are a candidate for strip donor or FUE procedures, contact the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami online or call 305-925-0222.

Sources

(i) “2010 Hair Transplant Challenge Survey.” International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery. Accessed 17 June 2013.

Hair Transplant Gets Celebrity Endorsement from Wes Welker

Hair Transplant Gets Celebrity Endorsement from Wes WelkerFormer New England Patriot Wes Welker has gone public about his recent hair transplant procedure, giving NFL fans and hair loss sufferers something to talk about this season.

Endorsements from professional athletes are nothing new for hair transplant surgeons and clinics. In Europe, Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has openly shared his professional struggle with hair loss, often making headlines for being the recipient of such a stellar new head of hair. According to reporters at Daily Mail UK, Rooney shaved his head over the summer, a move that showed onlookers that even with a military-style cut, the footballer’s hairline looks natural and shows no visible signs of post-operative scarring.

Celebs Endorse Transplant, Dispelling Myths About Hair Loss Treatment

For men and women, celebrity endorsements help to dispel the long-standing myths surrounding new hair transplant procedures. Unlike the “hair plugs” of the 1980s, today’s methods and technologies are highly refined and known to produce exceptional results. In fact, more than 80% of Americans cannot tell when a man or woman has received a transplant, according to a new study by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS).

The days of unsightly hair plugs are long gone, and spreading awareness for today’s refined and natural-looking procedures has never been more important. It’s estimated that an alarming number of men—roughly 2/3rds—suffer with a hair loss condition, most commonly pattern baldness. Another 20 million or more women show signs of thinning or balding, often as the result of hormonal fluctuations, pregnancy, or menopause. For this growing population, hair loss can have a profoundly negative affect on personal, professional, and social life.

What Transplant Procedures Are Celebrities Trying?

Today, celebrities opt for one of two approaches to hair loss treatment. The first is non-surgical, which involves the use of low level laser therapy (LLLT) and hair loss drugs like Propecia® and Rogaine®. Follicular unit extraction (FUE) and the all-new ARTAS® System for hair transplant are two additional surgical procedures known to produce authentic and permanent results.

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT): A non-surgical treatment option, LLLT devices use FDA-approved low level lasers to stimulate blood flow through the scalp and around the follicles. Increased blood flow is thought to induce phototherapy, increasing nutrient and oxygen delivery to spur natural hair growth.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE): FUE is one of the newest and most refined methods of hair transplant surgery. During the procedure, individual donor hairs are harvested using a small punch instrument, leaving virtual no sign of post-operative scarring. Follicles are then transplanted to the recipient area by hand, giving the surgeon the ability to carefully recreate the patient’s natural hairline, density, and overall authentic appearance.

ARTAS® System: The first FDA-approved hair transplant robot, the all-new ARTAS® System uses advanced digital imaging and robotics technologies to assist surgeons in rapidly identifying the very best donor hair for FUE transplant. With ARTAS technology, transplant procedures are faster, more comfortable, and produce more authentic results.

Hair Transplant Institute of Miami

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, our team represents South Florida’s finest surgeons, technologies, and staff. We are 1 of fewer than 20 hair loss clinics nationwide to offer the revolutionary new ARTAS® System, and we are proud to offer the most comprehensive hair loss evaluation and treatment methodology available. At our clinic, each of our team members holds your pursuit of a fuller, more natural head of hair in the highest regard.

To learn more about hair loss treatment, schedule an appointment with our Institute online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Free Infographic Timeline: The History of Hair Transplant

Free Infographic Timeline- The History of Hair TransplantConceptually, a Japanese dermatologist first developed the idea of hair restoration in 1939. Published by Dr. Okuda, the procedure involved harvesting donor hair from a healthy portion of the scalp, and transplanting it to another area of balding scalp.

In many ways, Dr. Okuda’s groundbreaking idea is similar to the transplant procedures performed today. However, there are a number of important advancements, discoveries, and technological breakthroughs that make today’s hair transplant procedure more comfortable, precise, and effective than ever before.

Evolution of Hair Transplant: 1980 – Present

Free-Infographic-History-of-Hair-Transplant

“Hair Plugs” – 1980s

In the 1980s, hair surgery involved transplanting relatively large sections of donor hair. The end result typically had an unsightly “patchwork” appearance, earning the nickname “Hair Plugs.”

Micrografting – 1990s

The 1990s saw an important breakthrough: Micrografting.

Micrografting involves taking a thin strip of donor hair (the micrograft), dividing it into small clusters of hair follicles, and transplanting them.

For the first time, micrografting enabled surgeons to extract and transplant donor hair with precision and accuracy.

Follicular Unit Extraction – Late 1990s/ early 2000s

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) was another breakthrough in transplant technique.

With FUE, physicians began to use a tiny “punch’ instrument to harvest individual donor hairs. Though time consuming, FUE enabled physicians to harvest donor hair on an incredibly small scale: Approximately 1-3 hair follicles per unit.

FUE enabled surgeons to perform procedures with unparalleled attention to detail and aesthetics.

No linear scars. Beautiful results.

ARTAS® System – 2011

In 2011, the ARTAS System became the first-ever FDA-approved hair transplant robot.

With the help of ARTAS, FUE procedures are now:

  • Up to 50% Faster
  • More Precise
  • Minimally Invasive
  • More Comfortable
  • Faster Patient Recovery
  • Minimally Disruptive to Everyday Life

ARTAS® Arrives in Miami

In 2012, the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami became 1 of fewer than 20 clinics to offer the revolutionary new ARTAS® System nationwide. Today, men and women no longer have to suffer with hair loss, and the negative side effects it may cause.

To learn more by visiting this page on ARTAS® System in Miami.

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