Hair restoration procedures have changed in the decades since they were first done. The earlier methods of using hair plugs were not acceptable to society. Hair transplant patients appeared to have doll like hair. Now hair transplants are more natural looking due to the innovative methods being used, such as micro grafting.
In general, most hair transplant surgeries today involve micro grafting. Micro grafts hold about 1-3 or four hair follicles. Older style hair grafts often held on average a dozen hair follicles. These new micro grafts are only possible because skilled surgeons have refined their method of extracting them.
Micro grafts are useful in hair transplant surgery because they can give the hair a quite natural appearance. The hair emerges from the scalp in the most natural way, with the same number of hairs that nature intended. If the procedure is done correctly, no one can tell the difference.
Previously, when hair plugs were used, doctors did the hair transplant surgeries much differently. They used an instrument called a trephine to cut circular grafts from 2mm to 5mm in diameter. These plugs were inserted into the balding area.
Finally, the micro grafts will be finished by being divided into individual grafts by using a stereomicroscope. The surgical team will make a variety of grafts from eight-shaft mini grafts to one or two shaft micro grafts. These will be moved during hair transplant to the recipient sites so that the hair will have a natural hairline with fullness on top.