Hair loss affects millions of men and women around the globe. By age 50, 50% of men will be affected, and by the age of 70, 40% of women. If you are someone who is suffering from the mental anguish of hair loss, know that you are not alone. There are treatments and supplements to try that will help combat the loss of hair.
The first step is to see a doctor. A full workup including bloodwork will be done. This will help with discovering any underlying causes of your hair loss.
Some causes may be due to the following:
- Nutritional deficiency
- undetected illness
- hormone imbalance
- low ferritin iron
- polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Vitamin D deficiency
Our in-house doctor, Dr. Donald Ng, , can give you a comprehensive hair loss evaluation. Together an individualized treatment plan will be created just for you after your consulation.
FUE Hair Transplant In 2020
Hair transplants have become popular in recent years, partly driven by improvements in outcomes and partly because of increased awareness about surgery’s safety.
With today’s technology, you no longer have to live with hair loss. There’s FUE (follicular unit extraction) hair transplant, the gold standard to create a dramatic improvement to thinning hair in male and female pattern hair loss as well as deficient facial hair. At Alaxis Aesthetics Clinic in Singapore, we have been performing FUE hair transplants in Singapore, restoring thinning hair in men and women. It is a great way to restore a more youthful and confident hairline or cover up the balding crown or the top of the scalp in suitable candidates.
What is FUE?
Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE is the direct transfer of hair from a healthy donor area to bald or thinning areas. Due to the involvement of all the important parts of the hair follicles during transplantation, there is a big chance for growth and survival.
Causes of Hair Loss
Hair has a natural cycle that includes shedding, and there is nothing to panic about when this happens. Alopecia, or what is commonly known as hair loss, is the unwanted loss of hair from the head and the other parts of the body. It also refers to male or female pattern baldness. Numerous factors could cause the condition, making it important to get a proper diagnosis to cure the disorder effectively.
Such causes include genetics, fungal infection, trauma, chemotherapy, and nutritional deficiencies. Other causes are certain illnesses that can lead to temporary baldness, and these include thyroid disease and alopecia areata. Diseases that cause scarring like lichen planus and specific types of lupus can become permanent along with the scars they produce.
With male pattern baldness, hair loss starts to be very noticeable on the crown and then the hairline and temples, until it finally hits the mid-anterior scalp. Though this is the common pattern, there are variations to this that are considered on a case-to-case basis.
Lifestyle also has a lot to do with hair loss. With the current way people live their modern lives, most overlook important health issues that ultimately create this condition. Bad, fatty diets are easily the culprits because of the lack of necessary nutrients to keep hair shiny and healthy. Lack of sleep and other sources of stress also trigger the condition among other modern-day illnesses. Smoking is also considered as a reason for irrational hair loss.
For those who seek surgical treatment for hair loss, the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant method is a viable method for both men and women seeking to treat hair loss. It is essentially the transfer of healthy hair follicles from a donor area on the scalp and grafting them to a bald or thinning area.
Micro-incisions have a diameter that ranges from 0.8 – 1.0 mm, depending on follicular unit sizes in each patient. This minimizes scarring and conserves future areas available for harvesting. The procedure is done under a very high-powered microscope to allow the surgeon to work with precision, which is the key to natural-looking transplants.
The procedure is minimally invasive and is carried out under local anesthetic. This helps minimize the risks and downtime that are commonly associated with the procedure.
Patients who undergo the procedure want the results to look as natural as possible, and the outcome makes it appear that way.
The hair that grows as a result of the procedure will look exactly like the hair that grew locally, hiding the fact that the patient had the procedure. This comes with an assured natural hairline that makes the hair look fuller but untouched. As far as the donor area is concerned, it will appear unaffected or unchanged. Minimal pain should be experienced after the procedure because of the local anesthesia used during the extraction of the follicles.
If the hair is worn short, as little as 0.5cm long, scarring will not be visible. If it is clean-shaven, some tiny dotted hypo-pigmented scars may be noticeable to varying degrees depending on the patient’s healing abilities. There should also hardly be any obvious scarring since the procedure is minimally invasive, making it perfect for patients suffering from incipient and advanced hair loss.
PRP scalp injections: This treatment utilizes the regenerative abilities of your platelets to help to stimulate hair growth and slow hair loss. After a blood draw and a quick spin in a centrifuge, your platelet-rich plasma will be ready to inject into your scalp. This is typically done in a series for best results. Our doctors will help to determine if this is an option for you.
When addressing hair loss there are a few tips to know. A multi-factorial approach is always better. In other words, choosing to do hair loss supplements and Rogaine and/or PRP injections will always be better than just choosing one modality. If your hair loss is 5 years or longer, it will be very hard to get regrowth. When that is the case for you Neograft will be your best option. And it is important to understand that most things that help with hair loss will create shedding first. This will be very alarming, but it is pushing out the old unhealthy hair making room for the new healthy hair to grow.
Neograft is a method of hair restoration where grafts are taken from the back of the head and harvested individually and placed in the thinning areas. When having Neograft, PRP injections should be added pre and post-treatment to help retain what hair you already have and help with faster healing, less shedding, and higher retention from your Neograft procedure.
Getting a proper diagnosis is the first step in developing a program for your particular needs. Contact us today to schedule your hair loss consultation today.