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Four Thousand Grafts MEGA Session: What it Is

At MAXIM, we are hair restoration specialists and highly experienced in our field. We offer a variety of services and highly effective hair transplant procedures across the United States to help you look and feel your best and enjoy your hair with confidence. A hair transplant can help improve your self-confidence and improve your appearance, with minimal to no scarring. These procedures are great solutions for men experiencing baldness, women with thinning hair, or anyone who has lost hair on the scalp due to other reasons.

What Is a Hair Transplant?

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 hair transplant   adds additional hair to balding areas. It does so by removing hair from one body area and transplanting it to a different one.  Over the years hair transplant methods have developed and changed, with non-surgical options now available.

Modern techniques were developed by surgeons in Japan, dating back to the 1930s. It was originally designed to help restore eyebrows, eyelashes, and hair on the scalps of burn victims. In the 1950s, Dr. Norman Orentreich developed it as a treatment for male pattern baldness when he added grafts to balding areas of the scalp.

Techniques have since developed and progressed to include options such as follicular unit transplantations, follicular unit extraction, and more as a popular way to treat male pattern baldness or help anyone suffering from thinning hair.

What Is FUT?

A follicular unit transplant is a procedure where the doctor surgically removes a thin strip of skin containing hair and replants it in the balding region. The hair is usually removed from the side or back of the head in follicular unit grafts of one to four strands at a time. The area on the side or back of the head where the hair is removed is the donor area and is usually unaffected by hair loss.

Since the skin on the scalp is generally flexible, the incision area can be easily stitched together afterward, resulting in a fine scar. The scar is thin enough to be covered by the existing hair and is not easily detectable even with short hairstyles unless inspected very closely.

The grafts that are replanted into the balding area are known as follicular units. The surgeon examines them carefully before adding them back to the scalp to remove any excess skin. This helps the scalp look natural and healthy when it begins to grow in the transplanted area. The transplant area is decided between the patient and the surgeon before the FUT procedure to ensure a smooth experience and natural-looking result once fully healed.

What Is FUE?

Follicular unit extraction is another type of hair transplant that involves obtaining donor hair from the side or back of your head. This donor hair is then added to the balding area. In a FUE transplant, individual follicular units are removed one at a time. Small punch tools extract the hair follicles one by one and result in virtually no scarring. This procedure was developed to transplant hair follicles with less visible scarring and has become one of the most popular hair transplant procedures.

Because the punch holes have become smaller as the treatment has progressed and developed over the years, the patient only appears to have red pinpricks on the donor site until it heals fully. Patients should expect to have minimal scarring that is hardly visible after about two weeks post-operation.

Any remaining scars fade over time and are barely visible to the naked eye. With scars shrinking to less than 0.5 mm, this is an excellent option for people who like to wear short hairstyles around the back of the head near the donor sites.

How Many Hair Grafts Are Needed?

When patients decide on a hair transplant, one of the first things they want to know is how many hair grafts will be needed for their procedure. The number of grafts needed varies from individual to individual based on their specific needs. Several other factors must be considered, such as: 

  • The size of the area that needs to be covered with donor hair. The larger the site, the more grafts will be required.
  • The type of hair and amount of thinning. Since hair loss is progressive and cannot be cured completely, the amount of thinning and type of hair must be considered to help the hairline maintain a natural look as future thinning occurs.
  • Quality of donor area hair. The quality and texture of the donor hair should be considered since it’s taken from a different spot on the scalp. If the donor hair is fuller and thicker, fewer grafts may be needed to transplant.
  • Hair restoration procedure chosen. The type of transplant procedure selected will determine how many grafts you can transplant at a time.

How Many Grafts in an Average Transplant?

It is typical for thousands of grafts to be moved and placed during a hair transplant for any procedure . In an average FUT session, up to 4,000 grafts can be transplanted. In an average FUE session, up to 2,000 grafts can be transplanted.

The MAXIM MEGA Session

The surgeons at MAXIM not only specialize in hair transplantation but also specialize in MEGA sessions. A MEGA session is when up to 4,000+ grafts can be transplanted within a single session. While most other transplant centers limit patients to around 1,000 to 2,000 grafts at a time, our experienced surgeons can perform transplants on more extensive sections of the scalp. They can also transplant more grafts at the same time for amazing results in one session. With a MEGA session, you can eliminate or minimize the need for future sessions.

The experts in hair restoration at MAXIM are here to guide you through your hair restoration journey. Schedule a consultation with our team to learn more about how we can help get your confidence back and improve your appearance with our highly effective procedures. With offices in New York, Texas, New Jersey, California, Virginia, Florida, and Indiana, you’re sure to find one near you. You can reach us at 802-370-3227 or use our secure online messaging system. A member of our team would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

An Overview of MAXIM in Long Island, NY

It’s perfectly normal to lose a certain amount of hair every day, but when should you start to become concerned? The answer depends upon the person. Some people might be fine with gradually losing hair, while others might do everything they can to prevent their follicles from abandoning their scalp. If you’re interested in learning more about hair restoration treatments, consider MAXIM Hair Restoration on Long Island, NY. As one of the leading organizations in hair transplants and non-surgical hair restoration procedures in the world, we have two convenient New York locations – Manhattan and Huntington, Long Island. 

Why Is There Demand for Hair Transplants?

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According to a study conducted by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), the number of people seeking surgical and medical treatment for hair loss grew 13% from 2016 to 2019. This increase represents a continuous trend over the past decade of people turning to hair restoration due to the growing popularity of surgical hair restoration procedures as well as advances in the field. The same study broke down statistics even further:

  • In 2019, ISHRS members treated more men than women, with 84.2% compared to 15.8%.
  • More than half of male and female surgical patients worldwide were between the ages of 30 to 49 years of age, with males making up 57.5% and females at 55.6%.
  • ISHRS physicians reported that patients claimed the main reason for hair restoration was social and dating at 37%, followed by career and professional at 35%.
  • ISHRS members voted Brad Pitt and Eva Longoria as having the best celebrity hair.

Why Should You Consider MAXIM Hair Restoration on Long Island?

Hair restoration and transplant surgery is a safe and effective treatment option for both men and women. Reasons to consider MAXIM Hair Restoration’s NYC and Long Island offices include the following:

  • You’re experiencing balding or thinning on the top of your head or sides of your scalp.
  • You’ve already tried other hair restoration procedures without success.
  • You’re seeking a treatment option that gives you fuller hair without visible scarring. 

Both NY offices only perform one to two procedures each day, which ensures that its technicians and hair transplant surgeons are well rested and can perform to the best of their abilities. Also, the offices are equipped with the most advanced hair restoration and replacement technologies. We ensure patient safety, especially in the hands of our highly trained hair replacement surgeons. We guarantee patient satisfaction and strive to treat every patient like they’re a family member.

Also, we understand that these procedures can be costly, which is why we offer affordable procedures with 0% financing. We don’t sell gimmicks, nor do we have any hidden fees. We accept cash, certified checks, and all major credit cards.

What Can You Expect at the New York City Office?

Located near the Empire State Building on Fifth Avenue and within walking distance from Penn Station, our New York City office opened about five years ago. It serves the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and Westchester area, and patients come from northern New Jersey to use our services.

Two of MAXIM Hair Restoration’s most experienced hair specialists run this clinic. A hands-on transplant doctor adept in pain management with more than two decades of experience, Dr. Lawrence Barnard has hospital experience in St. Barnabas and Southampton. Rhonda Daniels, PA-C, who is a hair restoration Clinician, has completed a fellowship in hair transplants and has performed hundreds of hair transplant procedures. The hair transplant technicians are imperative to the procedure, and many in the office have, on average, eight years of experience.

What Can You Expect at the Long Island Office?

The Long Island office, also known as the Huntington branch, serves clients from Nassau and Suffolk County, located on Long Island, as well as Westchester County and Queens. Some of these locations include Bayside, Douglaston, Flushing, Garden City, Huntington, Little Neck, New Hyde Park and the Hamptons. 

Top-caliber clinicians work at this location, including renowned doctors and clinicians. Dr. Barnard works here in addition to the New York City location. Clinician Rhonda Daniels has years of experience working with hair restoration procedures, micrografting, and harvesting. To date, she has completed more than 350 hair transplant procedures. 

What Services Are Available at Both Locations?

You have access to the same services at both locations, and they include surgical and non-surgical options. The six available types of services include the following:

  • Collagen Injection Therapy (CIT): This non-surgical treatment is minimally invasive and can increase the body’s natural collagen production and regenerate hair follicles.
  • Facial Hair Transplant: With this type of service, transplants are used on eyebrows, beards, mustaches, and other facial hair. This permanent solution might require touch-up visits.
  • Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE): This option is minimally invasive and involves individual hair grafts excised from the particular area and transferred to the affected area. This is the ideal choice if you have a busy schedule and can’t afford lengthy recovery times.
  • Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT): Also known as The Strip, FUT involves taking a strip of hair and tissue from the back of the head and transplanted into the thinning or bald area. This option is ideal if you’re suffering from severe hair loss and need a large number of grafts to get the desired look.
  • Hybrid Procedures: Available in both surgical and non-surgical options, hybrid procedures are part of a treatment plan created by your hair transplant physician.
  • 3D Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP): Also called a scalp tattoo or hair tattoo, SMP is a non-invasive procedure used to conceal hair loss. Medical-grade pigments are deposited into the scalp via microneedles, which creates the appearance of hair follicles.

If you’re in the New York area and are seeking top-quality hair replacement services, reach out to Maxim Hair Restoration to schedule a free consultation. Our staff of highly trained doctors, surgeons, clinicians, and physicians specialize in a variety of hair transplant procedures, so contact us today and we can determine the best options for you.

MAXIM Hair Restoration in Sarasota, FL

Deciding to begin hair restoration is an exciting and personal decision, and it can be challenging to find a trustworthy facility to perform your hair transplant procedure. At MAXIM Hair Restoration of Sarasota, you can feel confident that our team will perform one of several hair restoration treatments (FUT, FUE, SMP, CIT) and provide you with the best possible outcomes. 

Our highly skilled team is composed of experienced hair restoration physicians and hair transplant technicians who are here to guide you through the decision-making process and perform a successful hair transplant procedure. Check out our state-of-the-art hair transplant clinic, where you can be assured that our expert team of professionals will provide exceptional results to help you regain your confidence. Contact our Sarasota location in Florida today to schedule a complimentary consultation with our friendly team!

Hair Restoration in Sarasota, Florida

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Located in Florida’s Gulf Coast, MAXIM Hair Restoration is conveniently located in the city of Sarasota, Florida, south of Lakewood Ranch and east of I-75. You’ll find us on the northeast side of the city, and we provide top-of-the-line hair restoration services to those in the Sarasota metro area and Bradenton, Tampa, Clearwater, Fort Myers, St. Petersburg, Spring Hill, Venice, Largo, Lakeland, and Naples.  

Procedures and services include Follicular Unit Transplants (FUT), Follicular Unit Excision (FUE), Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) and others. 

The hair transplant surgeon is Dr. Kris Hamwi, a Harvard-trained board certified plastic surgeon with over 10 years of hair transplant experience in New York, Virginia and Florida. 

If you’re curious about our hair restoration services, including hair transplants, give our Sarasota, Florida, office a call at 941-208-9327. Our team can help you find the proper treatment to help them feel confident and comfortable once again.

Hair Restoration Services

At MAXIM Hair Restoration of Sarasota, Florida, we offer a variety of services to help you achieve the hair of your dreams. The services we provide include the following: 

  • Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). The FUT procedure involves removing a strip of hair from the donor area, usually on the back or side of your head. The graft is a strip of hair and skin containing about 1 to 3 hair follicles, which is then transplanted onto a balding or problem areas. This procedure takes between four to six hours, and the completed look is stunning. You can relax, watch television, or take a nap while our professional and experienced team works on your hair restoration.
  • Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). The technique for the FUE procedure is to remove one follicular unit from the donor area and transplant the grafts onto the area of concern. This service is performed using an advanced FUE device and requires approximately eight hours to complete. You’ll be under local anesthesia in our clinic, with a team consisting of our hair transplant surgeon, clinician and assisting technician. You can expect minimal pain and discomfort, and you’ll recover quickly with no scarring or stitches.
  • Facial Hair Transplant. Our team can also help to boost your confidence by transplanting hair onto your eyebrows or your facial, mustache, and beard areas. These transplants vary depending on your condition, the area you would like to be covered, your medical history and medications you may be on, your skin texture, the donor area we will be working on, and other considerations. Our knowledgeable hair surgeon will recommend the best treatment option for you.
  • 3D Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP). The SMP procedure is a non-surgical option that uses micro needles and a stroke technique to inject pigment into the scalp to replicate tiny hair follicles and the look of human hair. A topical anesthetic is used, and there is no bleeding.
  • Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). CIT is a minimally invasive procedure that can help improve blood flow to the scalp by increasing collagen production on your scalp, resulting in regenerated hair follicles that will improve your hair’s health. This therapy can be combined with a hair transplant and is performed by a clinician with a topical anesthetic. There is minimal preparation, and a soothing serum is applied after the treatment.
  • Hybrid Procedures. Hybrid procedures are a combination of surgical and non-surgical hair restoration procedures that form the treatment plan that is advised by your hair transplant physician. These can include FUT or FUE hair transplant, SMP, CIT, or others, and depending on the procedures you have done, may require topical or local anesthesia. Multiple or repeat sessions may be recommended.

The Team at MAXIM Hair Restoration in Sarasota

Our Sarasota team of expert, board-certified hair transplant surgeons, and technicians are here to help you choose the hair replacement procedure that best suits your needs to regain your confidence.

Dr. Kristopher Hamwi is one of the country’s top hair transplant surgeons and the lead surgeon at MAXIM Hair Restoration in Sarasota, Florida. Dr. Hamwi is a board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeon specializing in hair transplants, cosmetic surgery, and non-invasive procedures, who has performed thousands of successful FUT and FUE transplant procedures. We are proud to have him on our team!

Rhonda Daniels, PA-C, is an experienced physician’s assistant (PA) on our team who has performed hundreds of hair transplant procedures. She trained and worked at Bosley for several years and was a Chief PA in Long Island. 

Sia Gieger, PA-C, is our hair transplant clinician in Sarasota, Florida. She was trained and certified in hair restoration at MAXIM and works closely with Dr. Hamwi and Clinician Daniels. 

Our hair transplant technicians and experienced CMAs, surgical technicians, and nurses are held to extremely high standards. Because they are a key part of our procedures, we require that our techs have years of experience before joining our team.

Payment and Financing Options

Our hair transplant procedures are competitively priced with no hidden fees or costs. We accept credit cards, checks, and cash. We also offer convenient financing options, including conventional financing for up to three years, 0% interest financing for six months, Care Credit, Lending Club, Alphaeon, United Medical Credit, and Green Sky Credit.

Contact Our Sarasota MAXIM Team Today

We are conveniently located at 5566 Broadcast Court in Sarasota, Florida. If you’re considering hair restoration services, we would love to talk to you! You can either call us at 941-208-9327 or fill out our convenient online form to schedule a consultation with our experienced Sarasota team and learn more about the different hair transplant services we offer. A member of our staff will connect with you to confirm your consultation and answer any questions you may have about our hair restoration services. 

Why We Work With Plastic Surgeons. What it Means For You.

If you’ve noticed that your hair is thinning or you’re experiencing uneven hair growth or patches of baldness, you might be considering hair restoration to enhance your hair. Did you know that several hair restoration procedures exist, and not everyone can perform all of the various methods? If you’re considering hair restoration, it’s imperative to research the different techniques to discover the best one for you and your needs. At MAXIM Hair Restoration, we use the latest techniques to perform your procedure, allowing you to be confident in your decision.

What Is Hair Restoration?

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Hair restoration includes both surgical and non-surgical procedures designed to restore your hairline add fullness to areas experiencing thinning or baldness. During a hair transplant, hair is harvested from a donor area on the patient’s head and then transplanted to a new area to stimulate growth. Donor areas are typically from the back of the head, where hair is more plentiful.

Why Does MAXIM Work with Cosmetic, Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons? 

MAXIM Hair Restoration aims to provide you with quality results when it comes to your hair restoration needs. We with cosmetic, aesthetic, and plastic surgeons to maximize the aesthetics of your hairline and hair restoration/hair transplant and minimize scarring. Often, our hair transplant doctors are able to leave our patients with zero visible scars at the end of their procedures. We believe that plastic, aesthetic and cosmetic surgeons are well suited for hair restoration because their training includes surgery of the hair and scalp as elective cosmetic procedures and complex reconstructive procedures. They develop microsurgical skills that translate well to hair restoration techniques. Plastic, aesthetic, and cosmetic surgeons also have a level of expertise in aesthetics, which helps them develop a natural-looking hairline.

Hair restoration is an aesthetic surgery best performed by those trained in aesthetic, cosmetic, and plastic surgery. These surgeons have always been in the lead in this area, including innovation and technology for aesthetics. Board-certified plastic surgeons use several semi-automatic follicle unit extraction (FUE) devices and technologies such as ATERA, WAW, Cole, Ellis, S.A.F.E. and others in their regular practice. Plastic surgeons receive at least six years of surgical training after medical school, developing the skills necessary to keep scarring to a minimum and bring out the best aesthetic possible.

What Services Does MAXIM Offer?

At MAXIM Hair Restoration, we offer several services to restore your hair and bring your confidence back, including:

  • Follicular unit extractionFUE takes approximately eight hours to complete. You’ll receive a local anesthetic to minimize pain and the recovery time is quick with minimal follow-up care. FUE harvests and transplants one hair follicle at a time from the donor area on the back of your head to the site being restored.
  • Follicular unit transplantation. FUT takes between four to six hours. During a FUT procedure, the plastic/cosmetic/aesthetic/hair transplant surgeon will cut a strip of skin and hair from the donor area on the back of your head, have the strip dissected into smaller grafts, and then transplant those grafts to the thinning area. Each of the grafts contains between one to three hair follicles. 
  • 3D scalp micropigmentation. The 3D SMP technique takes two to three hours, depending on the size of the area. The SMP Tech will use microneedles to deposit pigment into your scalp to replicate hair follicles. This procedure doesn’t involve any bleeding, but a topical anesthetic will be used to keep pain to a minimum. 
  • Collagen induction therapy. CIT uses a roller device on your scalp to stimulate the production of collagen, allowing the natural production of hair follicles in your thinning area. You can expect each session to last approximately 30 minutes with a short post-procedure recovery. CIT improves the absorption of topical products and steroids, including Minoxidil.
  • Facial hair transplants. If you have thinning areas of facial hair, the plastic, aesthetic, cosmetic and hair transplant surgeons affiliated with MAXIM Hair Restoration can help. Transplant options cover areas including the beard, mustache, and eyebrows. The technique used depends on the area, donor area available, hair condition, and skin texture. The plastic surgeon will discuss options with you prior to your procedure.
  • Hybrid hair restoration. Combining any of the surgical and nonsurgical procedures for a hybrid hair restoration procedure can provide you with beautiful results. This technique includes hair transplant, collagen induction therapy, micropigmentation (SMP, and more. You can expect to spend more than one session completing hybrid hair restoration procedures. 
  • PDO Threads. PDO-MAX is a scalp rejuvenation threading procedure that combines CIT and other techniques to aid in collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid production in the scalp. This three pronged approach combines three of the most effective non-surgical hair restoration techniques to provide a consistent regen response for at least 6 months. This procedure has little-to-no downtime! 

MAXIM Hair Restoration Team

At MAXIM, we know how important it is to work with a team with the experience and expertise to provide you with the best results possible. All of our MAXIM Hair Restoration locations employ only the best plastic, cosmetic, aesthetic and hair transplant surgeons and professionals for all of your hair restoration needs. We hold our physicians to high standards, and they must have prior experience before joining our team. Our hair transplant technicians either receive the following training or come to us with this training already completed:

  • Eight or more years of experience with FUE, FUT, and SMP procedures.
  • Registered as a CMA, surgical tech, or nurse.
  • Many are former Bosley Hair Transplant technicians.
  • Experienced across platforms such as ARTAS Robot, ATERA, Cole, Ellis, S.A.F.E., WAW, Neograft, and SmartGraftFUE technology systems.

What Are the Financing Options at MAXIM Hair Restoration?

Many people think hair restoration is too expensive, especially when MAXIM Hair Restoration works with plastic, cosmetic, aesthetic and hair transplant surgeons to minimize scars and maximize the number of grafts (MEGA Sessions). MAXIM Hair Restoration offers several convenient financing options to make hair restoration more affordable. We offer Lending Club, Care Credit, United Medical Credit, Alphaeon, and Green Sky Credit financing options. Conventional financing provides you with up to five years to repay the loan, or we also offer a 0% financing option with a six-month term. Regardless of your budget, MAXIM can work with you to finance your hair restoration needs and get you back to feeling confident about yourself. 

Contact MAXIM Hair Restoration Today

When you’re ready to complete your hair restoration procedure or want to schedule a consultation to discuss your hair restoration options, reach out to the knowledgeable team at MAXIM Hair Restoration. You can reach us at 802-370-3227 by phone or via our convenient online messaging system. A team member would be happy to match you with one of our expert plastic, cosmetic, aesthetic or hair transplant surgeons at any of our locations across the United States, Poland, Philippines, Turkey, and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The MAXIM Hair Restoration team looks forward to working with you and helping you regain your confidence.

Best Boutique Hotels In Alexandria, VA

Are you visiting the DC or Northern Virginia area soon and looking for stylish hotel accommodations? Come see us in Alexandria, Virginia! Did you know Condé Nest Traveler readers included Alexandria among the best cities in the United States in 2021? More than 800,000 people voted in the survey this year, and Alexandria placed at #3 in the top 10 list published in early October. At MAXIM Hair Restoration, we are extremely proud of this new accolade for our city, and we’re just as thrilled to share this list of the best boutique hotels in Alexandria, Virginia, just minutes away from our Virginia location

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The George of Old Town

You must come check out The George of Old Town in Alexandria, Virginia. This hotel is located in the renovated home of George Washington, originally built in 1815 at 506 Cameron St. 

The owners of this historic location decided to keep the original walls and fireplace in the kitchen, which according to some reviewers is a must-see in Alexandria! Martha Peterson spearheaded the renovation first-hand with her son. She and her husband purchased it thinking they would flip the property. Martha led the design, which combines modernity with a historic feel. A few guests of the hotel have commented on the gorgeous decor inside the property in their reviews.

There’s a common dining room, an outdoor patio, and other lounge areas throughout the home. If you’re traveling with a large group, it’s possible to rent out the entire 6,000-square-foot townhouse! On the other hand, if your travel experience is more private, choose from one of eight suites. The George Washington and the Thomas Jefferson, are two-room suites accommodating up to four people, while the rest are one-room suites. Each one is named after an American former president hailing from Virginia and features a private bathroom, unique layout, and modern furniture. 

If your significant other is with you, we recommend the James Monroe suite on the second floor. The suite’s large bathroom has a shower-tub combo and a king-sized bed for you both to relax in. Pricing per night at The George of Old Town begins at $148. Check out the website for more details on how to book your stay.

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Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa

This hotel champions a stress-free, Saturday state of mind every day. So, it’s no surprise to us that the digital media site U.S. News & World Report rated the Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa as the #1 Best Hotel in Alexandria this year. The hotel website invites you to unwind in their urban retreat. With French cuisine and a spa on the premises, guest rooms with beautiful windows that let tons of light in, and a beautiful entrance courtyard, how could you not?

One important detail to remember is that the Brasserie, part of the hotel’s restaurant, BRABO, is open for limited hours during breakfast and dinner on weekdays, with no dinner service on Mondays. Expect to spend between $15 and $25 per person on breakfast, and between $35 and  $70 on dinner, depending on plate size and whether you include a cocktail. They serve brunch and dinner on weekends. Brabo’s casual dining Tasting Room has been closed until further notice due to the pandemic, so you’ll need to plan lunch away from the hotel. 

Check the restaurant’s website and ask before booking for any updates regarding the restaurant if the ability to dine while at a hotel is a deal-breaker for you. Also, visit the hotel website to book and find out about other amenities, like their fitness room! Find Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa at 1600 King St in Alexandria.

The Alexandrian

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At Maxim Hair Restoration, we love The Alexandrian because it is a pet-friendly establishment! Now if you’re coming in from out of the area to visit our hair restoration clinic, you won’t have to leave your furry pal behind! There are so many perfect opportunities for you to relax and have fun with your furry pal during your stay, and The Alexandrian makes pampering your pet even easier, with luxury pet-friendly amenities such as in-room food and water bowls, assorted treats and toys, a doggie bed, and a curated dog park list! 

Go ahead and ask Fido if you can bring your significant other along to your getaway in Alexandria; we’re sure he won’t mind. This way you’ll all enjoy a relaxing stay in the #3 city in the country. U.S. News & World Report also recently featured The Alexandrian in a 21 Top Things to Do in Virginia article. It is an Autograph Collection Hotel, a collection of premium, independently-managed properties that provide Mariott Bonvoy benefits. So, you get the best of both worlds: a unique boutique hotel experience, backed by years of internationally-renowned know-how and a hotel network’s rewards. 

Find The Alexandrian at 480 King St. in Old Town Alexandria. Check out photos of their beautiful guest rooms, suites, and common areas as well as information about the on-site restaurant, King & Rye, on their website.

Bonus: Yours Truly of DC

If you’ve scheduled your free consultation with us and already have plans to be in the area, you may also want to take some time to check out Yours Truly of DC. Sure, it’s not in Alexandria, but boy will you like this colorful boutique hotel. It will be worth the drive. Guests rave about the friendly hotel staff and the eats at Mercy Me, the hotel’s South-American-fare-inspired restaurant. Yours Truly has also set up some interesting collabs with a local barber (check out groomguy on Instagram!) and an art gallery. Find more information on the Yours Truly website.

Well, there you have it! What did you think of this eclectic list of boutique hotels in Alexandria? We hope you liked them all, and that you’ll consider supporting one of these local gems when in the area. If you have any questions or think we should have included any other properties in Alexandria here, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

11 Holiday Events You Can’t Miss in Sarasota This December

The holiday season will be here before you know it, and there’s so much to do in Sarasota and the surrounding area that the team at MAXIM Hair Restoration wanted to give you a heads-up to help you shape your holiday plans. From parades to breakfast with Santa or a holiday glow run and everything in between, you’re sure to find something for everyone this holiday season. Here are the 11 holiday events you can’t miss in Sarasota this December that attracts people from Bradenton, Tampa, Lakewood Ranch, Fort Myers, Naples and even Orlando. 

Venice Christmas Boat Parade

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On Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, you can watch the annual Venice Christmas Boat Parade at the Albee Road bridge. This event takes place each year on the first Saturday of December, with a Sunday rain date. You can bring the family to watch the lighted boats parade across the water for free, kicking off the holiday season in style. The parade begins at the Albee Farm Bridge and heads south with a turn around just before the Circus Bridge.

Sarasota Holiday Parade

Another event taking place on Saturday, Dec. 4, is the Sarasota Holiday Parade, celebrating its 25th anniversary. This parade takes place down Main Street in downtown Sarasota as a free, family fun holiday season event. Find a spot on Main Street to park your lawn chairs or blankets and sit back and enjoy the parade, starting at 7 p.m.

J3 Jolly Holiday Live Concert

On Dec. 5, 2021, you can catch the J3 Jolly Holiday Live Concert at the Venice Community Center. J3 fans will enjoy a J3VB performance of classic holiday favorites, including Jingle Bell Rock and Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree. J3 provides plenty of entertainment with costume changes, choreography, and comedy combined to let this seven-piece band take you on a trip down memory lane. Tickets are available online and do typically sell out quickly, so you’ll want to secure yours today. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the concert starting promptly at 7 p.m.

Dramatic Christmas Musical: How to Have the Best Christmas Ever!

Another free event that’s fun for the whole family is the Colonial Baptist Church production of a Dramatic Christmas Musical: How to Have the Best Christmas Ever! This dramatic musical shares the sounds of the season along with a heartwarming message on Friday, Dec. 10. The Colonial Baptist Choir will present this musical at 7 p.m. at 2400 Taylor Ranch Trail in Venice.

2021 Showfolks Holiday Circus Festival

From Friday, Dec. 10 through Sunday, Dec. 12, you can take the family to see the 2021 Showfolks Holiday Circus Festival at Robarts Arena. You’ll find animals, food, market booths, exhibits, and free shows at Sarasota’s longest-running circus event. On Saturday, Dec. 11, you can enjoy a fireworks display to round out the night. Tickets are available online for this family-friendly event that includes pictures with Santa. Enjoy everything from horses to elephants and a kids’ fun zone at the Showfolks Holiday Circus Festival.

2021 Annual Ugly Sweater Crawl: Sarasota

What’s the holiday season without an ugly sweater contest? 2021 marks the sixth annual Ugly Sweater Crawl for Sarasota. Grab your ugly sweater and join everyone at Raffurty’s at 1888 Main St. Sarasota at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11. Regular tickets can be purchased online that include a holiday shot, koozie, discounted drink specials, an Ugly Sweater Crawl digital map, and an after-party. VIP ticket holders add a t-shirt and an extra holiday shot.

Breakfast With Santa

The little ones will be able to enjoy breakfast with Santa Claus on Saturday, Dec. 11, beginning at 8 a.m. Tickets include pancakes, fruit, sausage, with coffee, water, or orange juice. You can also get your picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Vendors are available with amazing products along with children’s craft projects. The Major Productions Competition Team kids will also perform a special show. You’ll find Breakfast with Santa at 4730 Seventeenth St.

Manatee River Holiday Boat Parade

Whether you miss the Venice Christmas Boat Parade or love boat parades so much you want to experience more, there’s the Manatee River Holiday Boat Parade. The parade for 2021 will take place on Saturday, Dec. 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Public viewing is available from the Green Bridge Pier, along the Brandenton Riverfront, Pier 22 Restaurant, and Riverhouse Reef and Grill Restaurant. Lighted boats will meet up at Snead Island and parade past the Bradenton Yacht Club, past Pier 22 and Twin Dolphine Marina, then onto the Riverhouse Reef and Grill.

Sarah Brightman: A Christmas Symphony

Sarah Brightman along with her choir and orchestra will provide audiences with show-stopping holiday classics, holiday favorites, and her greatest hits. This one-of-a-kind concert event takes place on Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. This show was previously shared at HYMN in Concert, and all tickets are still valid for the Sarah Brightman: A Christmas Symphony show. You can purchase tickets online or at the Van Wezel Box Office.

Sarasota Christmas Glow Run 5k

If running is your idea of holiday fun, then check out the Sarasota Christmas Glow Run 5k on Saturday, Dec. 18. Runners and walkers will begin the 5k course at Nathan Benderson Park, located at 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle. This year’s run will start at 6 p.m. and features lots of Christmas decorations at both the start and finish lines to kick off your holiday season. Tickets are available online and include a tank or tech t-shirt, finisher medal, snacks, free photos, a finish video, and live reports, as well as free glow products.

Christmas Play 2021 – Star Search

On Dec. 19 at 10:30 a.m., the Colonial Baptist Church will present another free, family-friendly holiday musical titled Star Search. The children’s choir will present songs of the holiday season for everyone to enjoy. This event takes place at 2400 Taylor Ranch Trail in Venice.There you have it. Dr. Hamwi and MAXIM Hair Restoration have provided Sarasota’s 11 top holiday events in the Sarasota area that you don’t want to miss this holiday season. If we missed your favorite holiday event, be sure to contact us so we can check it out. We look forward to hearing from you about any of the events you attend and enjoy this year in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton, Tampa, Fort Myers, Naples and Orlando. Happy holidays from everyone at MAXIM Hair Restoration in Sarasota.

MAXIM Hair Restoration’s new Ft. Worth office

Are you frustrated at the lack of reputable hair restoration clinics near the Fort Worth, Texas, area? If so, you’re in luck because MAXIM Hair Restoration has a location in southwest Fort Worth near Arlington Heights and just a few blocks off the Chisolm Trail Parkway on Hulen Street in Ft. Worth, Texas. Stop into the office today by appointment, and experience for yourself affordable hair restoration services, stellar customer service, and excellent results.

Why Should You Choose the Fort Worth, TX, Location?

Fort Worth Skyline
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Fort Worth is the fifth-largest city in the entire state and covers almost 350 square miles in four Texas counties. Its location in northern Texas makes it the perfect place for MAXIM Hair Restoration to open another location. Following years of success in Dallas, which is the first location of the business in Texas, MAXIM Hair Restoration decided to expand and opened its Fort Worth location. Since its opening, this office consistently receives five-star ratings from Google Reviews, and clients comment about the exceptional experience and professional staff. 

Clients come from Arlington, Bedford, Dallas, Euless, Hurst, Plano, and North/South Dallas and North Texas to the Fort Worth location. They seek the renowned hair transplant services offered by Dr. Thiele at MAXIM Hair Restoration, which has become one of the leading hair restoration companies in the industry. This office is conveniently located near the Arlington Heights High School, and you can take advantage of their free parking. If you take public transportation, the office is just half a block from the Hulen and Wellesley stop. To provide all clients with easy accessibility, the office is located on the ground floor.

Who Works at the Fort Worth Office?

A hands-on and board-certified physician, Dr. Stefan A. Thiele serves as the lead hair restoration surgeon at the Fort Worth location. He acquired his bachelor’s degree from Spring Hill College in Alabama and attended medical school at the University of Texas in Galveston. Afterwards, he spent several years training in general surgery at Mercer University in Georgia and the Charleston Area Medical Center in West Virginia. He then served at the East Texas Medical Center as well as the Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. 

With more than a decade of experience working as a physician, Dr. Thiele has years of experience in cosmetic surgery and hair transplantation. In addition to providing top-of-the-head hair transplants, Dr. Thiele specializes in beard, eyebrow, facial hair, and mustache FUT and FUE hair transplants. Thanks to his depth of knowledge in the hair restoration industry, Dr. Thiele has contributed to and has been featured in numerous scientific and clinical publications, including the Journal of Vascular Surgery.

Many of the office technicians are surgical techs, nurses, or certified medical assistants. They have years of experience working across a variety of FUE hair restoration technology platforms, including ATERA, Smartgraft, Cole, Neograft, and ARTAS Robot. Lead hair transplant technicians at this office average more than 10 years of experience.

What Services Are Offered?

The Fort Worth location offers a variety of safe and affordable FUT and FUE hair transplant and non-surgical hair restoration services for patients wanting to restore hair loss. The main procedures offered include the following:

  • Collagen induction therapy (CIT): For this minimally invasive procedure, a roller device with small needles is used on the scalp. The needles extend to the middle layer of the skin, and a soothing balm is applied afterward. Each session typically takes 30 minutes to an hour to complete.
  • Facial hair transplant: For this option, the surgeon transplants hair for beards, eyebrows, and mustaches. This procedure usually takes four to eight hours to complete.
  • Follicular unit extraction (FUE): With this surgery, one hair graft is harvested and transplanted at a time. The surgeon selects the healthiest follicles that will be most likely to survive the transplant. The entire procedure generally takes between six to eight hours to complete.
  • Follicular unit transplantation (FUT): Also known as The Strip, FUT is a hair restoration surgery that involves taking a strip of hair between 0.4 to 0.6 inches wide and tissue from the back of the head. This strip of hair is dissected into individual hair grafts and transplanted. The wound is closed with stitches or staples. The entire procedure takes four to 12 hours to complete.
  • Hybrid procedures: This option involves a combination of surgical and non-surgical hair restoration procedures, including hair transplants and CIT. This procedure will take longer than a single treatment procedure, and multiple sessions are likely.
  • 3D scalp micropigmentation (SMP): For this non-surgical hair restoration procedure, an SMP Specialist uses a stroke technique to replicate human hair. A medical-grade pigment is deposited into the scalp to create the illusion of hair, with a process similar to tattooing or microblading. Each session takes about one to two hours, and it requires two to three sessions.

What Financing Options Are Available?

While evaluating the total cost of hair replacement procedures, whether they’re surgical or non-surgical, the price can seem overwhelming. Other factors influence the costs, such as the total number of follicular units and grafts needed to achieve the desired look. An FUE hair transplant typically requires 1,000 to 2,500+ Grafts whereas an FUT hair transplant would typically require 1,000 to 3,500 grafts. 

At MAXIM Hair Restoration, even though our prices are affordable, we understand that you might need assistance to pay for a life-changing procedure. We offer 0% financing and accept credit cards, pre-paid or certified checks, wire transfers, and cash toward payment. You can take advantage of various financing plans available, including those offered from Care Credit, Green Sky, Lending Club, and United Medical Credit.If you’re in the Fort Worth, Texas, area and are interested in a free consultation, contact MAXIM Hair Restoration either via our online contact form or by phone at (817) 476-5149. Speaking with a hair restoration specialist can help you determine what the best treatment option is for you. Reach out to us today, and we can get you started on satisfying hair restoration.

Hair transplants: How they Work

Sometimes because of age or genetics, we begin to see changes in hair growth. This happens to both men and women and is a completely natural experience. However, hair loss can be abnormal due to genetics, nutrition, stress, and various other factors as well. Thankfully, due to extensive research, modern science, and technological advances, it is possible to fight genetics and age-related hair loss. Many people experience hair loss in the crown/vertex, temples, and throughout the hairline, resulting in an aged aesthetic. Read on to learn about how hair transplant surgery can help give you back the hairline you want and the two primary methods used for a hair transplant. 

Hair Transplant Surgery

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A hair transplant is a simple procedure that moves hair you already have growing from one area of your body to another area of your body that is thinly populated with follicles. Typically, hair is taken from one area of the scalp and transplanted to another, where it is expected to thrive, regrow, and help fill in areas of balding or thinning hair. 

This procedure is done in an out-patient facility under local anesthesia. There are two types of procedural methods currently in use for hair transplantation. Follicular unit extraction (FUE) and follicular unit transplantation, sometimes referred to as the strip method or FUT. 

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Follicular unit extraction, or FUE, is a hair transplant procedure that uses a series of small circular incisions to remove hair follicles from the donor site, which stems from the temporal midline above the ear, through the back of the scalp, to the opposing midline ear. Each hair follicle is individually examined to determine if it is a viable candidate to use for transplantation into the treatment site. The FUE technique has become the preferred one for many doctors as it causes barely-visible scarring and has a shorter recovery time. It can be performed using a manual punch or advanced FUE device, such as the WAW, Ellis System, Cole FUE System, ATERA System, or Robotic Hair Restoration. 

The chance of noticeable scars decreases with this method because the incisions are so small that the scarring presents as a hypopigmentation effect which is masked by the remaining donor hair. The grafts are extracted one at a time, using a millimeter-sized rotating punch device. Scars are still technically present, but because the size is so small, it is invisible to the naked eye. The results make this method ideal for individuals who like to wear their hair short. This is also a very comfortable procedure as it is far less invasive than an FUT.

Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT)

FUT is the process where the surgeon removes a strip of tissue from the donor site that contains the hair follicles. It is also known as the strip method, due to the donor being removed all at once as a strip. The scalp at the donor site is then adhered using sutures, leaving behind a paper thin linear scar. The stitches remain on the scalp for about 10 days to allow the tissue to heal properly and then they are removed during the next office visit. Meanwhile, the donor strip is dissected to isolate each individual hair follicle to use as a graft. Each graft section contains one to four hair follicles, depending on the donor hair’s density. 

Surgeons and their assistants then make incision sites for implantation and the technicians proceed to place the follicles in the clinicians recipient sites. Due to the large volume capable of being removed during a strip, it can sometimes be the better procedure for some individuals who need broader coverage.

With any transplantation method, hair will typically fall and begin to grow within 3 months. Now it’s time for the patience game, as it will grow in slowly over the next 18 months. However, most of your results will be fully recognized around the 12 month mark.

Collagen Induction Therapy

Firstly, let’s define collagen. Collagen is the primary structural protein found in skin and connective tissue. This is important as the outer layers of veins and arteries are primarily composed of connective tissue and collagen is a key component in neoangiogenesis, or the development of new blood vessels from the old. Blood flow is imperative to all organs, hair included, and plays a major role in hair loss.

Collagen induction therapy consists of small punctures using a roller-like needle device with 0.25- to 2.5-millimeter needles or a motorized pen that moves at very controlled depths. Due to the precision and depth testing, as well as the angle of puncturing, micropens are the superior device. The needles roll through the scalp causing uneven, angular microtrauma, whereas pens puncture straight with less trauma at a controlled depth.

The trauma caused to the tissues triggers your body’s natural healing response, migrating platelets and growth factors to the tissue for repair. By doing so, your body opens blood vessels to send the materials for repair and the collagen produced aids in better vascularity, oxygenation, and tissue strength.

Due to the increased sensitivity of the scalp to pain, a ring block is typically used, which is a small amount of local anesthesia creating a numbing ring around the treatment area. The remaining procedure would depend on what type of procedure you are having done.

While microneedling alone can improve hair growth by a meaningful amount, it is much more effective when paired with other treatments. For example, the penetration also creates an opening in the stratum corneum allowing for increased absorption of topical compounds such as minoxidil or various topical nutrients. Additionally, this could be done with various regenerative medications that improve healing and growth factor migration, significantly amplifying the results of one another.

Collagen production has several anti-aging benefits, including a more youthful appearance and a healthy glow for the skin, but the growth factors used to repair the skin and the increased blood flow are hugely beneficial to the hair follicle itself.

When you’re looking for qualified and dependable doctors to do a procedure so important to your self-confidence, you only want the best. Here at MAXIM Hair Restoration we have specialists all over the world who are ready to help you achieve the look you desire. Simply fill out our contact form to let us know a little more about you and your goals. Include any questions or concerns you have in the Questions/Comments content box so we can provide you with a comprehensive response to your concerns. 

Meanwhile, browse our gallery to see the effects hair restorative treatments have had on others and what our team of trusted doctors can do for you. The results speak for themselves. If you’re in the Sarasota area When you’re ready, set up a free consultation for your hair transplant viability assessment.