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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 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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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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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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Chevy Chase, MD Office

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5530 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 818, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Stafford, VA Office

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2071 Jefferson Davis Highway, Stafford, VA 22554