The Difference between Hair Plugs and Hair Transplants

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Hair Plugs and Hair Transplants

If you’re in the market for a hair transplant or hair plug treatment in Toronto, then you need to completely understand the stipulations involved in both procedures before making a final decision on the matter. A qualified derma surgeon should be able to answer all of your questions and concerns regarding both procedures without hesitation. However, the onus is on you as the patient to get a second opinion and conduct your own research on any type of surgical or medical treatment so that you know what your options are and so you can make an informed decision.

The Difference between Hair Plugs and Hair Transplants

The first thing you should know when comparing the pros and cons of hair plugs vs. hair transplants is that hair plugs are a type of hair transplant. Both procedures involve extracting and transferring hair from one part of the body (the donor site) to the affected area (the recipient site).

Even though the terms are often incorrectly used interchangeably in everyday vernacular, the concept of hair plugs is actually quite outdated and the procedure is rarely used by modern derma surgeons. The reason for this decline in hair plug transplantations is simply that the field of hair restoration in major hubs like Toronto has made immense medical and technological advancements since it was first introduced in the 1950s. The main difference between hair plugs and hair transplants lies in these contemporary advancements.

What Are Hair Plugs?

Hair plug transplantations are very invasive, and the healing process is a nightmare for many patients, which is why most derma surgeons have abandoned the practice. Essentially, the procedure involves the surgeon extracting randomly selected large portions of hair (about 20 hairs in each unit) from the donor site and transplanting them on the recipient site. Typically, the results are noticeably patchy and the areas where the hair has been transplanted are very defined, which defeats the whole purpose of having the procedure as it’s supposed to look completely natural.

What Is a Hair Transplant?

Hair transplants, on the other hand, are a much more progressive and less-invasive option. There are actually two types of hair transplants that are dominating the hair restoration industry in Toronto: Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT).

FUE involves carefully extracting individual hair strands from the crown of the head and relocating them to the recipient site. While the procedure itself is very intricate and time-consuming, it renders the best results. No one will be able to tell you’ve had a hair transplant unless you share this information with them.

FUT is slightly more invasive as it’s an updated version of hair plug transplantation. The main difference is that rather than removing large chunks of follicular units all at once, smaller portions are used. Recipients of both FUE and FUE transplants may also experience side effects such as bleeding, redness, or a swollen scalp.

Which One Is the Right Choice for You?

Ultimately, the decision is yours for the making, but you should consult your general practitioner and meet with several hair loss clinics near you prior to making up your mind.

The Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists is one of the most prominent hair restoration clinics in Toronto. With over 30 years of experience, we’ve performed thousands of successful and inconspicuous hair transplantations for patients from all over the world. For more information on our clinic and to schedule a complementary consultation, please call us at (905) 272-0190 or toll-free at 1-800-563-3836.

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by Ken Robson

In business since August 1, 1986, I am the president and also a client at The Canadian Institute of Hair & Scalp Specialists. Having worked with a team of Doctors and Chemists over the years I have compiled a great deal of knowledge in this area, originally involved with a Pharmaceutical company manufacturing vitamins for the hair loss industry. Years ago I was fascinated by the new developments in this area as my own hair was beginning to thin. Studying Trichology at the Toronto clinic I then opened my own office and have enjoyed it ever since.