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Frequently Asked Questions

What is NeoGraft™?
NeoGraft™ is a new device which facilitates the harvesting of follicles during an Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant, dramatically improving the accuracy and speed over previously used manual extraction instruments.
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What is an “FUE” hair transplant?
“F.U.E.” or “Follicular-Unit Extraction” is an advanced, minimally-invasive hair transplant method which allows for the harvesting of individual follicles from the donor area without the need for stitches, and therefore leaves no linear scar.
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What are the main benefits of FUE over the “strip” surgery?
It is well accepted that FUE transplants heal faster and more comfortably than linear incision harvest techniques using a scalpel and requiring stitches. With FUE, once healing is complete, the patient has the option of wearing a very short haircut without the worry of a tell-tale linear scar. Without the need for stitches, downtime is shorter with fewer activity restrictions immediately after the procedure.
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What are some benefits of NeoGraft™ over manual FUE techniques?
The highly ergonomic mechanical NeoGraft™ device works as a natural extension of the surgeons’ hand, allowing for faster and more accurate harvesting of hair follicles. NeoGraft™ patients now reach their goal with less time in the procedure room or fewer FUE procedures altogether.
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Who is a good candidate for FUE using NeoGraft™?
Most people with hair loss are good candidates.  Patients who would like the option of wearing a short haircut in the back or sides of their scalp, those who want the least amount of activity restriction after their hair transplant procedure, those who do not want a linear scar in the back of their scalp (or multiple scars if more procedures are required), those who want less pain and less down time, would be especially good candidates for FUE. The NeoGraft FUE System can also be used for ‘scar camouflage’ procedures for patients who have had prior linear harvests, as well as for body hair transplants.
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What are the major cost differences between FUE and the “strip” hair transplant procedures?
The fee structure for FUE hair transplant procedures reflect the more detailed and intricate nature of those procedures compared to those performed with a “strip” linear harvest surgery.
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Are the final transplanted ‘results’ any different with FUE/NeoGraft™ than those achieved with the “strip” surgery?
Results are similar. FUE procedures, by default, yield grafts that contain mainly one, two, three, or four follicles called “follicular units. “Strip” harvests, which are microscopically dissected by a team into grafts of one, two or three follicles, would also yield similar ‘follicular-unit’ grafts. Provided that in each case the grafts are implanted with care, artistry and precision into the recipient area, the final transplanted results with FUE would be similar, if not identical, to those of an accomplished surgeon performing the “strip” harvest. The difference is not in the area of hair growth, but how the donor area is harvested either by a strip of scalp or by small individual graft extractions.
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Is FUE/NeoGraft™ suitable for both men and women?
Yes. Because FUE/NeoGraft™ is a minimally-invasive procedure, it is a viable option for both men and women looking to restore their own living and growing hair with transplantation.
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Do I have to get a total ‘buzz cut’ to have an FUE/NeoGraft procedure?
No, not if your wear your hair long. If your donor hair is long enough, harvesting using the FUE/NeoGraft can be done by shaving small areas which can be covered by your other, existing hair. If you wear your hair short, it helps to shave it close for maximum yield. It looks more natural sooner as the transplanted grafts are short as well.
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Am I a good candidate for a procedure using FUE/NeoGraft?
The best way to determine whether you are a candidate for hair transplant using FUE/NeoGraft is a one-on-one consultation with your doctor.
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How soon will I see results?
The science behind grafting is quite simple.  Hair follocles are taken from the hair at the back of the head that is genetically programmed to continue to grow.  The follicles that hold you transplanted hair are living tissues that grow cyclically.  Like normal hair growth, transplantation is an ongoing process that requires a commintment of time.  Once the hair follicle has been implanted into the balding area, the grafted hair will stay in place for about 2-3 weekes before shedding.  After shedding, the new growth will begin in 3-4 months; this is normal and an important part of the hair growth process.  After that time period, the hair will continue to grow normally; your result will look heathy and natural.
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How long will it last?
The follicles that are transplanted are permant and will continue to grow hair.  If your balding pattern continues with age, some people may require further sessions to keep up with progressive hair loss or may want another procedure for even greater hair density.  The advantage of Neograft is that multiple procedures can be done without then being left with one, two, or even three linear scars, or a lack of scalp tissue with which to work.  An estimate of balding pattern and the possible repeat of the procedure will be discussed during your consultation.
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What anesthesia is involved?
Hair transplantation is considered a minor outpatient procedure that takes anywhere from 3-8 hours depending on how many grafts are needed.  The patient is premedicated with Valium (or a similar medication), and the scalp is then anesthetized with a local anesthetic.  Patients are very comfortable, and watch TV, movies, and listen to music during the procedure.  With the mild sedation, the procedure goes by very quickly for the patient.
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5530 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 818, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

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2071 Jefferson Davis Highway, Stafford, VA 22554