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Old Style grafts are circular pieces of scalp containing anywhere from 7-15 hair follicles. This old-fashioned technique is not typically used today, however, sometimes they are combined with smaller mini grafts and micrografts to create a more natural appearance. Since the 1970s through the 1980’s hair transplantation with Old Style grafts, or “plugs” as they are commonly referred to, was the standard method of surgical hair restoration. Presently most hair transplants are accomplished with mini grafts and micrografts alone. This technique is also used to revise unsightly hairlines caused by old techniques such as “plugs”.
Revision of the hairline can be restored by a surgical hair restoration surgeon, with the immense practice of today’s innovative techniques. Methods such as stereoscopic microscope dissecting give surgeons a greatly enlarged and, therefore completely clear view of the structure of your hair and the way it is placed in its natural state. This enables surgeons to work with great precision between each follicular unit and preserve not only the hair but also its vital structures such as the sebaceous glands and the hair roots. Without the stereoscopic microscope, there is a danger that the surgeon could cut through some of the hair's vital structures and damage them in the process. Grafts transplanted with the stereoscopic microscope will be healthier and therefore will grow more vigorously.