Have you ever noticed how a famous actor will start to get thinning hair on top, maybe a receding hair line or the scalp at his crown starts to show through, and then miraculously the next time you see him in a show or movie he has a full head of hair again? Have you wondered what happened and how you can re-grow your hair like that? If you have then read on about this technique that has become the go to method for treating balding in actors, politicians, and high power business executives. I am speaking of hair plugs for men.
The term hair plugs is really a throw back to the origins of this hair restoration surgery. Back in the 1950’s surgeons started to experiment with removing a round plug of scalp from an area that still had good hair growth and inserting that plug into an incision made in the bald spot. They found that generally the hair grew just fine when it was transplanted in this way. We now know that men who suffer from male pattern baldness only tend to lose their hair in certain areas, usually the front hair line and the crown area, and hardly ever have loss at the back of the head. The natural substance in the body which is responsible for early hair loss, DHT, attacks the hair follicles in these areas only and leaves the follicles on the sides of the head and posterior areas to continue to grow. When hair is transplanted from these area to the balding places the hair will continue to grow for years.
The hair grew but it really didn’t solve the entire problem because there was not full coverage of the bald spot. In fact, these tufts of hair which were implanted stuck up every which way with areas of bare scalp in between. The procedure was very noticeable to a casual observer.
The term hair plugs has now been superseded by hair implants or hair transplants and the procedure has changed too. Advances in micro-surgical techniques in the last 50 years now allows the hair restoration surgeon to remove individual hair follicles and their support structures from the scalp without disturbing the skin. These follicles can then be inserted into the scalp in such a way that their growth matches the directional growth of the surrounding hair. This gives a very natural and pleasing look.