Repair Hair Transplant

Plug Removal

Until the mid-1980s, hair transplantation was performed by transplanting large, circular grafts of hair and skin, more popularly referred to as “plugs”. These hairs were obtained from the back of the head and used to provide patients a “pluggy” or “corn-row” look. As this method was the only way of performing a hair restoration surgery for over 40 years, a large number of patients are still suffering from the problem of having unnaturally large grafts.

Large grafts have a high density within the hair plugs while the density between the grafts being very low. Hence, as the large grafts contract after transplantation, the hair density in the grafts increases and the space between the grafts widens, providing patients with an unnatural looking hairline or “pluggy” appearance.

At MedLinks, our surgeons have rich experience in performing the plug excision procedure wherein the hair graft of a patient is either completely removed from the recipient area or only a portion of it is excised.

We then transplant these removed grafts back onto a patient’s scalp at the right location (central area of the scalp) and in a more natural distribution. Our plug (graft) excision process involves the following steps:

  • Removing the unnatural looking, large grafts from the recipient area
  • Suturing the holes created due to the removal of grafts
  • Dissecting the plugs skillfully into individual follicular units
  • Re-implanting these follicular units back in the recipient area at the right angle and in a natural distribution

Our qualified surgeons carefully suture close the holes after the removal of grafts, which helps in bringing together the normal skin on either side of the excision and provides patients with best cosmetic results, while minimizing the risk of scarring. For better results, we recommend patients to undergo one or two sessions of FUT or FUE after the plug excision procedure.

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Disclaimer: The content published on this website ( is meant to spread awareness and educate the concerned patients regarding baldness and hair transplant as well as the treatments options available for the same. Any information on the website shall not be regarded as a prescription from a professional dermatologist. We recommend visiting a dermatologist in person for the right diagnosis and the treatment for any hair issues. We do not guarantee of specific results as the treatments and the results vary from person to person.

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