1. Hair plugs
Hair loss is a menace that plagues so many of us today. It’s a sad fact that most of us will have to face one way or another at some point in our lives. As a matter of fact, 40% of men will have noticeable hair loss by the age of 35. By the time they live to 80 years, as many as 80% will have to contend with hair loss. Women are also not exempt from this reality; roughly 50% of women will experience hair loss during their lifespan. With millions of people suffering from hair loss, methods for hair restoration are in very high demand.
Hair-transplantation is hands-down the best method of restoring your hair. It’s a surgical procedure that gives the patient a chance to regain a full head of hair even after extensive…show more content… These plugs measured 3-4 mm in size and normally contained 12 to 30 hair follicles per unit. Once implanted, the hair in the new sites grew normally.
The use of hair plugs was the first hair transplantation technique discovered. In 1952, Dr. Norman Orentreich performed the hair transplant surgery in New York. This surgery based its effectiveness on the premise that hair harvested from the permanent zone (resistant to balding) at the sides and back of the head retains its characteristics when transplanted to the balding area of the head. The hair transplanted would consequently grow normally unaffected by the process of balding.
Unfortunately, while the discovery resulted in widespread excitement, the use of hair plugs didn’t necessarily result in a cosmetically acceptable outcome. The procedure caused extensive scarring in the scalp and the transplanted hair often grew unnaturally in isolated clumps that resembled doll hair. Despite this, the use of hair plugs was so rampant throughout the 1970s that the term ‘hair plugs’ soon became synonymous with hair transplantation. However, doctors have now largely abandoned this outdated technique due to better alternatives such as