Even today, if you ask the average person to describe hair transplantation surgery, the term "plugs" or "doll's hair" will eventually be uttered. Hair transplantation surgery got a bad rap because of early restoration techniques one that it deserved. Thousands of hair transplantation surgeries were performed using techniques that left patients with sparse, unnatural looking hairlines. While patients were no longer bald, it was clear to even the most casual observer that the hairline had changed (and often not for the better).
Sadly this negative connotation persists to this day, but it is no longer deserved. The advent of follicular unit transplantation has changed the entire process. While the procedure is long, sometimes lasting the whole day, the results are superb. The development of the follicular unit transplantation approach reflects the combination of astute clinical observation and basic scientific research.