Regrow Hair, Plugs or a Transplant?

Do hair regrowth success rates vary according to whether you have plugs or a transplant? What is the failure rate of transplants?

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Hair Transplant - Not Hair Plugs

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Hair plugs are an outdated technology and were called such because of the pluggy, “doll’s hair” look they gave. Hair transplant has come a long way since then and results now look incredibly natural. The choice today really lies in which hair transplant method to choose, the two main ones being FUT (strip harvesting) and FUE (follicular unit extraction). These two procedures differ greatly in the excision process. The major drawback with FUT is the linear scar it creates and the major drawback with FUE is that it is a more time-consuming procedure. I exclusively practice FUE with uGraft and have had enduringly successful outcomes. In general, the failure rate of hair transplants among skilled surgeons is very low.


Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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Hair transplants today: Amazing advancements make plugs obsolete

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With today’s hair transplant techniques we really don’t use the word “plugs” any longer. Well-done hair transplants should only be done with very fine micrografting or follicular unit grafting. These are a big improvement over the plugs in the past and really don’t even fit in the same category. There really is not a role for traditional plugs in today’s hair transplant surgery, although sometimes larger grafts will be used behind the hairline to provide density.

Hair transplantation has made tremendous progress over the last 20 years with today’s techniques. Natural looking results can be achieved in a safe fashion with minimal down time by qualified hair transplant surgeons.

Mark Hamilton, MD
Indianapolis Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Plugs vs Transplants in Hair Replacement

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The term "plugs" is simply slang for transplants. However, there are several hair replacement technques, including the Fleming/Mayer flap. It is rare to have any significant loss when the operation is done by an experienced surgeon.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Plugs versus hair transplants regrowth rate

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Plugs are a type of hair transplant with their return on the scene in the form of follicular unit extraction (FUE) as the new terminology. Whether grafts are harvested this way or by strip or large plugs, the survival and regrowth of the hair follicles is usually in the high 90's percentile when good techniques are used by skilled teams.

Sheldon S. Kabaker, MD
Oakland Facial Plastic Surgeon
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