Hair Loss Treatment in Singapore: Reduced Hair Loss in Just 1 Session

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What is Hair Loss?

The hair loss treatment market is booming. According to a beauty-related survey conducted in Singapore in 2022, hair loss was the #1 concern, with 44% of respondents (or nearly 1 in 2 people) concerned about it. A distressing problem faced by both men and women, hair loss could lead to permanent balding if it isn’t addressed and treated in time. Below, we take a look at the different types of hair loss, factors contributing to hair loss and more.

What Causes Hair Loss? 

Hair loss can be attributed to a number of factors. Here are some of the most common causes (bear in mind that this list isn’t exhaustive):

  1. Scalp fungal infections
  2. Hereditary hair loss from genetics
  3. Chemical treatments (e.g., bleaching and perming)
  4. Tight hairstyles (e.g., hair extensions)
  5. Nutritional deficiencies (in particular, a deficit in iron or protein)
  6. Thyroid disease
  7. Medical treatment 
  8. Hormonal fluctuations
  9. Stressful events (e.g., getting laid off from work, the ending of a relationship)

Hair Loss Patterns in Males

Hair loss occurs in up to 70% of men aged 50 and above. Some men, however, may start showing signs of hair loss as early as their 20s. 

In males, the hair loss pattern typically manifests in the manners below: 

  1. Single bald spot
  2. Hairline gradually receding to form an “M” shape 
  3. In the case of point 2, some men may eventually experience partial or complete loss of their hair
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Stages of male pattern hair loss, or MPHL.

Hair Loss Patterns in Females

By age 50, FPHL affects about 40% of women. Unlike MPHL, female hair loss starts in the middle of the scalp and may not be very noticeable at first. Initially, the hair in the middle portion thins out. Without proper treatment, the area affected widens until there is an obvious gap.

Types of Hair Loss

Androgenic Alopecia

In males, androgenic alopecia is otherwise referred to as MPHL (male pattern hair loss); in females, it is referred to as FPHL (female pattern hair loss). As this condition is genetic, the pattern in which it manifests is different for each individual. Androgenic alopecia usually takes place gradually over a period of years. While theoretically possible, any hair lost is highly unlikely to grow back, but the rate of hair loss can be slowed with treatment.

Studies have found that in men, androgenic alopecia is connected to diseases such as enlargement of the prostate and coronary heart disease. For women, having androgenic alopecia could increase their risk of getting PCOS (polycystic syndrome), which could in turn lead to weight gain, irregular menstruation, acne and more.

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata, also known as AA, is characterised by target hair loss in the form of a round or oval bald patch on the scalp. It is an autoimmune condition that causes non-scarring hair loss. Although its exact cause is unknown, AA has been associated with genetics or a combination of environmental factors, including infections, vaccinations, hormonal fluctuations and diet. 

Telogen Effluvium

Unlike androgenic alopecia, telogen effluvium is a temporary form of hair loss. It is characterised by “diffuse” hair loss: as opposed to balding in spots, hair starts thinning rather evenly throughout the head. The onset of telogen effluvium can be rather sudden, and usually arises as a result of metabolic stress, hormonal changes, or medications. Telogen effluvium can occur in people of all ages, and its effects are reversible.

Anagen Effluvium

Anagen effluvium is closely associated with chemical-based treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy. Scalp cooling may be used to combat hair loss. Once treatment and/or intake of medication ceases, hair on the head may gradually grow back.

Hair Loss Symptoms

As part of a normal hair growth cycle, the average person can lose up to 100 strands of hair per day. Any more than that, and you could be experiencing hair loss. Although hair loss symptoms vary, they typically fall under one of these three broad categories: 

  • Thinness 
  • Patchiness
  • Balding

Remember — a certain degree of hair loss is normal and inevitable, but it’s important to spot any warning signs of hair loss early. Unsure if what you’re experiencing is really hair loss? It may be time to consult a dermatologist or relevant medical professional.

Hair Loss Complications

Regardless of age or gender, hair loss can be a highly stressful event to anyone. One good habit you can cultivate today is to start applying sunscreen every day. Additionally, ensure your scalp is protected at all times outdoors: wear a hat, scarf or any type of covering.

Hair Loss Treatment

Some hair loss treatments take place in a clinical setting, whereas others are carried out at home. 

In the clinic: 

  • Hair transplant surgery
  • Laser therapy

At-home treatments: 

  • Topical Minoxidil (Rogaine) 
  • Oral Finasteride (Propecia) 
  • Anti-androgens
  • Corticosteroids
  • Antifungal medications

What to Expect at Our Hair Loss Clinic in Singapore

DRSCALP CAPABILITIES

Analyze Your Scalp Profile

Monitor Your Hair Treatment Progress

Recommended Personalized Bio-Science Treatments

Provide Accurate Forecasted Result

At DrScalp’s hair loss clinic, we are dedicated to providing you with the best service available. Our flagship solution, Bio-Nano Cell Therapy, can help address your hair loss concerns, and improve the overall condition of your hair. (Disclaimer: while we are committed to giving our 100%, please bear in mind that results cannot be guaranteed.)

What Tests are Done to Check for Hair Loss?

Step into the future of hair diagnostics with our advanced testing methods at DrScalp. Our scalp biopsy swiftly reveals the hidden aspects of your hair, from follicle blockages to dandruff. If needed, our thorough blood tests delve into sex hormones, thyroid function, and micronutrient composition, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of your unique hair profile.

Find out about DrScalp’s available products and services here.

How Much Does Hair Loss Treatment Cost in Singapore?

When it comes to the cost of hair loss treatment in Singapore, a fairly wide range exists. At a typical hair salon, one session can cost you upwards of $100. At DrScalp, a trial hair loss treatment session costs $59, and you can book your slot here (no commitment required).

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Hair Loss Prevention

Here are a few tips you could try to prevent or limit hair loss: 

  • Limit your use of dyes, chemicals and perms as much as possible
  • Make sure you’re consuming enough protein 
  • Supplement your usual diet with vitamins
  • Limit your alcohol intake, and the amount you smoke (if applicable)

Why DrScalp for Hair Loss Treatment?

DrScalp uses A.I. technology in its initial and post-treatment scalp analysis. First, photos are taken of four specific portions of the scalp, and these are put through an A.I. programme. Any potential issues then are identified and scored based on the following: oil concentration, dandruff, sensitivity, melatonin and density. If you start your treatment journey with us, the A.I. technology will be able to track your progress along the way, tweaking its data to produce more accurate recommendations and results. 

Doctors That Provide Hair Loss Treatment

When choosing a medical provider, it’s important to choose one that is trustworthy. Our Bioscience team, the team in charge of research and development, is helmed by Dr. Tom K.C. Kuo and Dr. Kevin C. Weng, two professors who have over 20 years of experience each. If you have any queries about our products and services, feel free to reach out to us any time.

FAQ on Hair Loss Treatment

1. Is Hair Loss Treatment Painful?

The pain associated with hair loss treatment is minimal. For example, in the case of hair transplants, local anaesthesia is typically administered before the procedure is carried out. Another hair treatment option, scalp cooling, may come with minor discomfort such as headaches, but you are unlikely to experience actual pain.

2. How Long Does a Hair Loss Treatment Last?

At DrScalp, our hair loss treatment lasts for 60 minutes and involves three steps:

1. Detailed Scalp Analysis: A thorough examination of various parts of your scalp.
2. Scalp Profile Presentation: You will be shown your scalp profile, detailing any concerns.
3. Personalised Solution Recommendation: Based on the analysis, a customised solution will be recommended for your specific needs.

3. What are the Risks of Hair Loss Treatment?

Medications such as Minoxidil may come with certain side effects. Specifically, with Minoxidil, new strands of hair that grow after treatment may differ in texture and color from old hair strands. If the cause for hair loss is an excess of androgens (including testosterone), anti-androgens may be prescribed. The downside of anti-androgens is that they could potentially cause fatigue, weight gain, loss of libido and depression. 

When it comes to surgical procedures like hair transplants, the risks may be even more pronounced. After the surgery, your skin may become infected, and in the worst-case scenario, you could end up suffering permanent nerve damage (the possibility of such is low, but it exists nevertheless). Do read up on all potential risks involved before opting for any hair loss treatment.  

4. Do I Need to Visit the Doctor for Hair Loss Treatment Aftercare?

After you’ve received treatment for your hair, your doctor may request to follow up with you. One reason for this is that the actual results of hair loss treatment aren’t usually visible right away. Rather, it can take up to 3-6 months for your hair to grow back after hair loss treatment. Whenever in doubt, do remember to consult your doctor.

5. Are There Subsidies for Hair Loss Treatment?

At the time of writing, no subsidies for hair loss treatment are available in Singapore as it is a cosmetic procedure — this applies to students, SAF and the elderly as well. Medisave is used to pay for selected outpatient treatments, hospitalisation, long-term care and insurance premiums. CHAS (community health assist scheme) can be used only to cover common illnesses (e.g., cough, flu), chronic conditions (e.g., asthma, epilepsy) and certain dental services. However, the cost of medical tests and check ups may be covered under your personal insurance.

6. How Much Does Hair Loss Treatment Cost in Singapore?

In Singapore, the cost of hair loss treatment can vary widely. While a single session at a typical salon can set you back over $100, our trial session at DrScalp is priced at just $59. Don’t miss the chance to experience our effective solutions without any commitment – book your slot today!

7. How Long Does It Take to See Results from Hair Loss Treatment?

Results can vary, but generally, it can take up to 3-6 months to see visible results after undergoing hair loss treatment. Patience and consistency with the recommended treatment plan are key factors in achieving successful outcomes.

8. Can I Use Home Remedies to Treat Hair Loss?

While some home remedies may help improve the overall health of your hair, they may not be sufficient for treating underlying causes of hair loss. Consultation with a medical professional is recommended to determine the most effective and personalised treatment plan.

9. Does Hair Loss Treatment Work for Everyone?

The effectiveness of hair loss treatment can vary from person to person. Factors such as the underlying cause of hair loss, individual response to treatment, and consistency in following the prescribed regimen play a role in determining the success of the treatment.

Hair Loss Treatment: A Quick Summary

Treatment Time

60 minutes

Recommended Interval

Varies based on the specific treatment; Consultation needed for personalised advice

Recovery Time

Minimal downtime, but results may take 3-6 months to become visible

Ideal For

Both men and women experiencing hair loss issues

Benefits and Results

Improved hair health, slowed hair loss, and potential regrowth with consistent treatment

Cost

$59 for a trial session at DrScalp; Costs at other locations may vary

Medical Journal References

Babadjouni, A., Pouldar Foulad, D., Hedayati, B., Evron, E., & Mesinkovska, N. (2021). The Effects of Smoking on Hair Health: A Systematic Review. Skin Appendage Disorders, 7(4), 251–264. https://doi.org/10.1159/000512865

Darwin, E., Hirt, P. A., Fertig, R., Doliner, B., Delcanto, G., & Jimenez, J. J. (2018). Alopecia Areata: Review of Epidemiology, Clinical Features, Pathogenesis, and New Treatment Options. International journal of trichology, 10(2), 51–60. https://doi.org/10.4103/ijt.ijt_99_17

Famenini, S., Slaught, C., Duan, L., & Goh, C. (2015, October 1). Demographics of women with female pattern hair loss and the effectiveness of spironolactone therapy. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology; Elsevier BV. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaad.2015.06.063

Kerure, A. S., & Patwardhan, N. (2018). Complications in Hair Transplantation. Journal of cutaneous and aesthetic surgery, 11(4), 182–189. https://doi.org/10.4103/JCAS.JCAS_125_18

Lina Alhanshali, Michael Buontempo, Jerry Shapiro, Kristen Lo Sicco, Medication-induced hair loss: An update, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Volume 89, Issue 2, Supplement, 2023, Pages S20-S28, ISSN 0190-9622, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaad.2023.04.022.

Natarelli, N., Gahoonia, N., & Sivamani, R. K. (2023). Integrative and Mechanistic Approach to the Hair Growth Cycle and Hair Loss. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 12(3), 893. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm12030893

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