Hair Plugs Information
Are Hair Plugs For You?
The way our hair looks affects how we feel greatly. People experiencing hair loss often feel awkward or embarrassed but are not really sure about the best hair replacement for them.
Modern follicular transplants are among the most costly avenues in hair replacement but they also look very natural. Hair plugs come from your own head, so there's no problem with matching color. When a physician re-inserts them into the area needed, they lay them so that it follows your natural growth pattern. Unlike a wig or hair piece, these never slip off. Unlike oils and shampoos, they're not messy either.
Two Hair Plug Methods
There are two methods for moving hair follicles. The one that's been used for about 50 years now is called the Ribbon Method. Here the surgeon takes thin ribbons of scalp (usually from the back of the head) and then separates out the hair follicles carefully, preparing them for transplanting. This approach leaves a scar that remaining hair covers.
The second method is newer, and it does not cause scars. In this method, each follicle is removed from the head individually. This allows the surgeon to remove hair from different parts of the head instead of one main region. Generally this is the preferred method for hair plugs in women.
Hair Plugs Cost
Depending on where you live and your doctor, each hair plug costs (on average) $5.00. At first that may sound very reasonable. However, it takes a lot of hair plugs to cover a balding or thinning spot. Smaller regions may require 500 plugs, while larger areas may need thousands. If the average hair replacement surgery includes 2,000 plugs, that's $10,000.00.
Hair Plugs Risks
As with any surgical procedure there are some risks about which you should be aware. In some cases hair follicles may die when transplanted. Failed surgery still has to be paid for! Other risks include:
- unnatural appearance with the hair pattern (this might require a second treatment to remedy)
- visible scarring
Also, some hair transplants don't really see visible hair growth for upward of two years! Be sure to review these risks with your surgeon, as well as discussing any physical issues that may impact your hair plug procedure.
Hair Plugs Care
If you decide to go forward with hair plugs for bald spots or thinness, you'll want to tae very good care of them afterward. This is an expensive proposition, so in the first few days after getting the hair plugs, follow the instructions on keeping the bandages cleaned and changed. A few days later, gently shampoo your scalp. This keeps scabbing from blocking the hair shaft.
Also don't use a rough brush for several weeks as these can pull the hair plugs out. Once your scalp heals you can go back to your relatively normal routine for daily hair care. It wouldn't hurt, however, to use a nourishing shampoo for your scalp and hair to keep it as healthy as possible.
Hair Plugs Information Published September 4, 2009
Updated June 30, 2011
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