Punch transplanting has been around since the early 1980s. Early techniques culled plugs of 15 to 35 hairs, leaving large wounds on the scalp and giving transplanted areas an unnatural cornrow appearance. Some of the culled follicles often were severed in the process. Many of today’s hair restoration patients seek corrections of these early plug transplants.
Standard punch transplanting has evolved greatly since then, with doctors now using more precise methods to cull Follicular Units, resulting in more successful transplants as well as less scarring.
Candidates must have healthy hair growth at the sides and back of the scalp to serve as donor sites. Hair color, condition and texture also are considerations.