A hair plug is a form of hair transplantation but is an outdated practice. A hair plug is a round piece of the scalp that is removed from the area that has dense hair follicles especially the back portion of the head and plugged in the balding area of the scalp.
This practice was prominent during the 1950s. Hair plug failed because this treatment gave a “fake appearance” due to the irregular size of hairs and gaps in between.
The hair plug treatment made it look like the hairs are not naturally grown and easy to mark the difference. Each patch of tissue removed during this process contained nearly 20 hair follicles. Every patch with hair would grow with a different rhythm. The area from which the scalp was removed is called the donor area.
A punching tool was used in this procedure to remove the scalp from a donor site and surgically place it in the balding space of the scalp.
Modern hair transplantation procedures have completely replaced hair plugs. The two most common forms of modern hair transplantation are Follicular Unit Extraction and Follicular Unit Transplantation. Instead of removing the scalp with 20 hairs, your surgeon is now capable of removing a single or individual follicle. Modern hair transplantation gives you an even look at the transplanted hairs. Every single strand of hair grows at the same pace, giving you a natural appearance.
In this procedure, the healing of the donor area is quick with minimal pain.