Here’s All You Need To Know About Hair Transplants In Singapore

By: Clara Siew / January 4, 2021
Categories : Aesthetics

Do you or someone you know have concerns about hair loss? Hair loss can be a major cause for concern if hair is coming out in bunches and is adversely affecting your self-confidence. Although some hair treatments in salons can help to nourish and strengthen your hair, they are unlikely to benefit the more severe cases of hair loss. On the other hand, hair transplants are a more permanent solution that one can opt for when dealing with severe hair loss concerns. To help you understand this treatment better, here are the key things you need to know about hair loss and hair transplant treatments in Singapore.

What are the symptoms of hair loss?


Although some hair fallout on a daily basis is normal, here are some hair loss symptoms that can be a cause for concern. Here, symptoms can vary depending on the different causes of hair loss:

  1. There is visible gradual hair loss at the top section of your head
  2. Your hair comes out in bunches even when you’re just pulling at it gently
  3. You have patchy or circular bald spots that are very obvious
  4. Hair loss on all other areas of the body like the eyelashes, eyebrows, arms, legs and private area

Different types of hair loss


Otherwise known as alopecia, hair loss can occur on both your scalp as well as other parts of your body. While severe hair loss is quite commonly genetic, here are other types of hair loss that can occur in some individuals.

Traction alopecia


Fairly common amongst women, tension alopecia typically occurs when your hair is constantly pulled back into a tight bun or ponytail. Additionally, it can also happen when you wear hair weaves, extensions and tight braids for long periods of time. Because of the constant tension at the roots of your hair, it can lead to permanent hair loss if something isn’t done about it early on. Hair loss from traction alopecia tends to occur along the front hairline. Hence, to keep the hair follicles from becoming too damaged for hair regrowth, prevention is certainly better than cure. So a good way to keep traction alopecia at bay is to change your hair parting from time to time and wear looser hairstyles.

Androgenic alopecia

Also known as pattern baldness, androgenic alopecia is commonly a result of one’s genetic makeup as well as hormones. While it occurs in both men and women, research shows that it is more prevalent in men. In fact, studies show that over 50% of men over 50 years of age have male-pattern baldness. Moreover, one is at risk of developing androgenic alopecia if one has family members with this form of hair loss. While men tend to experience a receding hairline, women experience androgenic alopecia in the form of overall hair thinning. Also, female-pattern baldness tends to occur in women after menopause.

Anagen effluvium

Next, we have anagen effluvium which is a form of hair loss that arises from chemotherapy. Since up to 90% of our hair is in the growing (aka anagen) phase, cancer drugs can impede the growth of our hair at this stage. As a result, hair sheds and falls out at an alarming rate. However, this form of hair loss is certainly reversible once a patient recovers and no longer requires chemotherapy.

Telogen effluvium


While we rarely hear of telogen effluvium, this form of hair is loss is actually pretty common. Essentially, it is a temporary hair loss condition that arises when our bodies experience stress such as childbirth and nutritional deficiencies. Besides that, stress, illnesses and environmental damage can also cause bouts of telogen effluvium. While about 90% of our hair is in the growing (anagen) phase, about 10% is under the resting or shedding (telogen) phase. Normally, this telogen phase lasts anywhere between 2 to 4 months. However when one experiences telogen effluvium, about 30% of hair stops growing and prematurely enters the telogen phase. So instead of losing a normal hair count of 100 strands per day, you may lose about 300 strands on a daily basis. While this can be alarming, telogen effluvium is a temporary condition and should resolve itself after 6 months.

What causes hair loss?


Before considering a hair transplant, it is important to understand the underlying causes of hair loss. Here are some of the most common causes amongst those with hair loss concerns.

  1. Hereditary: This is by far the most common cause of male and female-pattern baldness.
  2. Stress: Continuous exposure to stress can result in temporary forms of hair loss.
  3. Nutritional Deficiency: A deficiency in protein and other vital nutrients can result in telogen effluvium.
  4. Hormonal Fluctuations: Women who are expecting or going through menopause may experience telogen effluvium.
  5. Medication: Sometimes, hair loss can be a side a effect of medication or treatments like chemotherapy.

Who is eligible for hair transplants?


Overall, you would have to meet the following criterion to be eligible for a hair transplant:

  • Currently, you do not have an existing medical condition that would impede the procedure.
  • You have healthy blood vessels on the bald or sparse areas.
  • Sufficient hair follicles on a healthy donor site. Ideally, donor sites are on the sides or the back of the scalp.
  • Your hair loss is not widespread throughout your scalp.
  • You are unlikely to develop raised scars post-surgery.
  • Also, your hair loss should be of a permanent nature.

The types of hair transplants

Now, here are the different types of hair transplant procedures available in Singapore.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)


First, we have Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). Currently, it is the most common form of hair transplant treatment in Singapore. Because Asian skin is usually thicker and more taut, wound healing is actually slower. Hence FUE is better for Asian skin as it poses a lower risk of scarring. In practice, FUE involves harvesting individual hair follicles from donor sites. Then, the doctor embeds these hair follicles into tiny incisions made on the bald or sparse areas. Although it is quite a time-consuming process, there is minimal downtime and scarring for FUE.

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)


On the other hand, we have Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). Unlike FUE, FUT has a higher risk of causing keloid scars post-procedure. In essence, FUT takes a strip of skin with attached hair follicles taken from the donor site. Then, the doctor sections them off into smaller groups of tissues known as hair grafts. Next, the doctor makes tiny incisions into the bald areas and inserts these hair grafts into these incisions. While this procedure is faster than FUE, it leaves a very obvious horizontal scar behind. Additionally, it also requires a longer downtime than an FUE procedure.

What is the procedure like?


Typically, a hair transplant involves 4 key steps. First, the doctor will disinfect and inject a local anesthetic onto the donor site. This step is to prepare the donor site for the extraction of hair follicles. Besides the sides or back of your scalp, donor sites can also be your underarms or other parts of your body. These hair follicles will be set aside in a special solution until they’re ready for implantation.

Next, each hair graft undergoes a rigorous selection process through a microscope to ensure their viability and survivability. Now, it’s time for implantation. The chosen hair grafts will be positioned strategically to keep the transplant looking as natural as possible. Finally, the doctor can proceed with the implantation onto the bald or sparse areas.

Are they expensive?


Generally, the cost of an FUE hair transplant procedure in Singapore can fall anywhere between the $6000 to $10,000 range. Overall, the total cost depends on the severity of your hair loss and the survival rate of your hair grafts. Hence, a low survival rate would require you to incur high costs for multiple treatments. Additionally, there is also the risk that your hair loss condition will be unresolved if your hair grafts do not survive.

Frequently asked questions

Do hair transplant treatments hurt?

Since the doctor will be using a local anesthesia, you will not feel pain aside from the discomfort of a needle injection. However, you may experience swelling and inflammation post-procedure. Hence, your doctor may prescribe painkillers and antibiotics to relieve any pain and discomfort.

How long before I can expect new hair growth?

After about 2 weeks, you may notice some of the newly transplanted hair falling out. However, do not be alarmed as this is a fairly common occurrence post-procedure. In fact, this is actually part of the recovery process to make way for new hairs to grow. After 9 to 12 months of recovery, you can begin to see results from your hair transplant. Sometimes, results can be seen as early as 6 months depending on the success of the procedure.

Do hair transplants look very obvious?


While FUT hair transplants leave behind an obvious scar, FUE hair transplants look more natural due to its lower risk of scarring. Additionally, how natural your hair transplant looks depends on the experience and skill of your doctor.

How long do hair transplants last?

It goes without saying that hair transplants are meant to be permanent. However, there are certain factors that can affect the longevity of treatment results. Aside from the skill of your doctor, recovery and healing also play a major role in the success of your treatment. For instance, infections and poor wound healing can considerably decrease the survivability of your hair grafts.

How can I improve the success rate of my hair transplant?

To improve the success rate of your procedure, your doctor has to consider the following:

  1. Extraction of hair follicles in the same direction of your hair to reduce trauma to the hair follicle and donor site.
  2. Proper and meticulous preservation of hair follicles prior to implantation. This is essential to ensuring the survivability of your hair grafts.
  3. The depth at which to implant the hair follicles. The implants should receive sufficient blood supply for them to survive.

In addition to that, here are some steps you can take post-treatment to aid with the recovery process:

  1. Elevate your head slightly when you sleep.
  2. Refrain from washing your hair for a week.
  3. Take time off work if you need to recover.

What is the downtime and will I have scars?


Normally, one may experience swelling at the donor site and the areas of implantation. On the whole, the recovery process can take a few weeks. Also as mentioned previously, FUT can leave behind an obvious scar while FUE poses a lower risk of scarring.

Clinics in Singapore that provide hair transplants

Now that you have a clearer idea about hair transplant procedures, here are a list of clinics that currently offer them in Singapore.

Freia Medical

Well known for their FUE hair transplants, Freia Medical has been performing hair transplant treatments for over 10 years. Here, Dr. Harold focuses on using “permanent or safe” donor site hairs to improve the survival rate of the implants.

Click here to find out more or to book a consultation.

Location: Royal Square Novena, 101 Irrawaddy Road, #14-12/13, Singapore 329565
Opening Hours: Mon, Wed & Thu: 9am – 7pm, Tue & Fri: 9am – 9pm, Sat: 10am – 3pm, Sun & Public Holidays: Closed
Tel: +65 6735 8180
WhatsApp: +65 8223 0609

Terra Medical Hair & Aesthetic Clinic

Next, we have Terra Medical Clinic led by Dr. Joshua Chong. In addition to his years of experience in hair loss treatments, Dr. Joshua also has a profound passion for helping patients living with alopecia. Additionally, the clinic offers a wide range of hair lost treatments and procedures for a variety of hair concerns.

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Location: 9 Scotts Road, #11-03 Scotts Medical Centre, Pacific Plaza, Singapore 228210
Opening Hours: Tue – Fri: 10am – 8pm, Mon & Sun: Closed
Tel: +65 6909 0927
WhatsApp: +65 9187 0470

Dr. Tyng Tan Aesthetics & Hair Clinic

Next, we have a clinic that is well-known for their personalized skincare and hair loss treatments. With a 4.9 star rating on Google, Dr. Tyng’s clinic prioritizes a patient’s comfort and safety above all else. Additionally, Dr. Tyng has also been approved by the Singapore Medical Council to perform hair transplants. She also has specializations in both FUE and FUT procedures.

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Location: 391B Orchard Road Ngee Ann City Tower B, #08-04, Singapore 238874
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 9am – 6pm, Sat: 9am – 1pm, Sun: Closed
Tel: +65 6235 0010

Sozo Aesthetic Clinic

Led by Dr. Justin Boey, Sozo Aesthetic Clinic offers a variety of skin, hair and body treatments. In addition to hair transplants, Dr. Boey also carries out non-invasive hair loss treatments for those looking for alternatives to surgery.

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Location: Sozo Aesthetic Clinic, 1 Raffles Place #05-12/13, One Raffles Place (Shopping Mall), Singapore 048616
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 10am – 8pm, Sat: 10am – 3pm, Sun & Public Holidays: Closed
Tel: +65 6935 1811
WhatsApp: +65 9610 5102

The Clifford Clinic

Besides FUE and FUT hair transplants, The Clifford Clinic also offers ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant. Essentially, it combines revolutionary technology with traditional hair implantation techniques to treat various hair loss concerns.

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Location: 24 Raffles Place, #01-03 Clifford Centre, Singapore 048621 (Exit A from Raffles MRT)
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 10am – 8pm, Sat: 10am – 5pm, Sun & Public Holidays: Closed
Tel: +65 6532 2400
WhatsApp: +65 8318 6332