In this 3 part indepth look at Hair transplants and treatments carried out in Singapore today. we still ask what does the procedure actually involve, what are the risks, and are there alternatives?  Doctor Donald Ng from Alaxis Aesthetics Hair Clinic in Singapore explains everything you need to know…Types of hair transplant surgery.

Alternatives to hair transplants

There are non-invasive methods for preserving and recovering thinning hair, such as the clinically proved hair loss medications Minoxidil and Finasteride.


Minoxidil, often sold under the brand names Rogaine or Regaine, is an over-the-counter topical treatment – ie it doesn’t require a prescription and it comes as a foam or liquid that you massage into your scalp. Minoxidil works by increasing the flow of blood around your poor shrunken follicles, rejuvenating them and encouraging them to grow stronger hairs once more. The follicles’ growth phases are also lengthened.


Sold under its generic name of Finasteride or the brand name Propecia, Finasteride blocks production of dihydrotestosterone and therefore interrupts the process by which follicles begin to produce thinner hairs. Propecia is taken as a pill and is prescription-only, although some pharmacies will include a free private prescription in the sale cost. Otherwise you will have to go to your GP. If you’re lucky, they will provide it on the NHS, although some will say Finasteride is too expensive you have to pay for it yourself.

Hair loss shampoos

Unfortunately, those hair-loss shampoos and conditioners the promise the return of your luscious locks are selling you a pup. At best they they will make your hair temporarily thicker, but they’re unlikely to have much effect.

Hair loss supplements

There are lots of them out there – topical and oral treatments promising much. Like hair loss shampoos, they won’t help with female or male-pattern baldness, although they might have an effect if your hair loss is due to a mineral deficiency in your body or diet. In that case, however, it’s probably something to speak to your doctor about. They might also have a short-term effect in plumping up your remaining hair a bit.

Vin Diesel (left) and Dwayne Johnson (right) are rumoured to have had ATP.

ATP marking

Advanced Tricho Pigmentation (ATP) is a minimally invasive technique that essentially tattoos the appearance of closely shaved hair onto the scalp. The effect looks quite natural and actors Vin Diesel and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson are rumoured to have had ATP. It can be used for people who aren’t suitable for transplant, such as those who don’t have enough healthy follicles left to transplant effectively. It can also be used for eyebrows. The ATP ink usually lasts about six years and the procedure costs £1,000 to £3,000.

Prince William  CREDIT: REUTERS

Growing bald gracefully

History is littered with sexy bald men: Sean Connery, Seal, Andre Agassi; and Prince William recently shaved down what locks he has left. Accepting – even embracing – hair loss is certainly less hassle than either chemical or surgical attempts to reverse it. What you definitely don’t want to do is make a poor attempt to disguise a burgeoning bald patch with a combover. That just looks ludicrous.

Please note none of these alternatives are curremtly endosered by Donald Ng or any of Alaxis Aesthics Hair clinic in Singapore. Part of this artilce was first published by on 3 AUGUST 2018

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