The “plug” is a term that came about in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s in hair restoration and hair transplants. This is because literally the hair extracted was a plug of follicular units. There could be several follicular units in one single plug and anywhere from 2-4mm in diameter. These plugs were arranged on top of the scalp into the balding areas. If the person had existing hair then it didn’t actually look so bad… but as time went on and the person lost more hair, then what was left were the plugs… hence the “pluggy” look. They were also called corn rows because they often looked like rows of corn in a corn field.
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One physician by the name of Bobby Limmer noticed the problems associated with plug transplantation. not only the unnaturalness but also the healing problems and pain.  He also noticed a rapid depletion of the donor area because of these plugs. So Dr. Limmer and his surgical team decided to embark on a journey to lead the way to what would be known today as Follicular Unit Transplantation or FUT. In 1988, 12 volunteers and about 3 years of time was what it took to change the industry into micro-grafting and getting away from the dreaded plugs as it became. The entire procedure was performed under stereo microscopes so that each individual follicular unit would be separated and not be transplanted as a group such as a plug. Then these would be transplanted into smaller incisions into the balding areas and not in rows like the rows of corn in a corn field.
This one adventure showed that a natural hair transplant could be achieved and without the use of plugs. Furthermore, a good yield could be achieved!
We at Gulf Coast Hair Restoration provide the latest technology in FUT as well as FUE hair restoration. No plugs here!
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Thomas Ortiz
Surgical Technician