What You Need to Ask And Know About Hair Transplant Surgery in Singapore
Genetics is not the only cause of baldness. A variety of medical conditions contribute to hair loss like cancer, arthritis, and depression. By age 60 66.6% of men will experience some hair loss. Women account for 40% of those who lose their hair. We will be focusing on surgical treatments for hair loss with a particular focus on what you need to know about hair transplant Singapore.
Choosing The Right Doctor
As with any medical specialty you want to choose your hair transplant doctor carefully. Ask about the doctor’s experience and training. Be certain the doctor understands how you want the surgery to affect your appearance.
Other Questions to Ask
Enquire as to how the doctor will choose, store, and insert grafts. Hair transplantation involves taking existing hair from the back and sides of the head and implanting them in the crown of the head. Choosing the wrong doctor can worsen your baldness.
Understanding Hair Transplant Surgery
We will be exploring two approaches to surgical hair restoration. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). A follicular extraction entails removing strips of tissue from the side or back of the head (donor area). From that tissue, groups of 1-4 hairs or follicular units are removed. The method by which the follicular units are removed is called stereo-microscopic dissection.
Placing Donor Follicles During an FUE Extraction
During an FUE hair extraction procedure, the donor follicles are placed in the recipient area using a Hybrid Punch system. The punch pushes the donor follicles into the skin of the recipient area. The Hybrid Punch causes less trauma and less discomfort.
Extraction vs Transplantation
The fundamental difference between follicular extraction and transplantation is that during transplantation donor follicles are retrieved by making round incisions. Transplantation affects more of the donor area than extraction. Extraction leaves a single straight scar where transplantation leaves a series of small circular scars.
When to Consider Surgical Hair Restoration
The first approach to correcting baldness should be the use of non-invasive measures like topical-treatments. When you are satisfied that less aggressive approaches won’t work contact a hair restoration surgeon.
Male/Female Pattern Baldness
Although it governs male reproduction and masculine qualities both men and women produce the hormone androgen. Male/female pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia is caused by the overproduction of androgen. The reason the hairs on the crown fall out is that they are androgen-dependent. The hair on the back and side of the head remain because are androgen-independent.
The Cost of A FUE Hair Transplant in Singapore
As a general rule, an FUE hair transplant costs $4-$6 per the number of grafts transplanted. The difference in price is determined by whether the procedure is performed manually or robotically. The amount of experience the doctor and technicians have will also factor into the cost. There is also the price of the initial consult and post-surgical care products.
Robotic FUE Hair Transplantation
The efficacy of robotic FUE procedures has been debated. One argument is that robots work with greater precision than humans and make better choices in choosing donor grafts. Additionally, robots don’t get tired. On the other hand, robotic surgery is more expensive. There are doctors and techs who insist that they can manually achieve results similar to robotic surgery.
Immediately after surgery, there may be scabbing, swelling, and discomfort which should only last a day. During the first month post-surgery, the grafted follicles may fall out. This is normal and necessary to make room for new hair. It will be at least 4 months before you can begin to see the surgery’s final results. After 6 months you can resume your normal hair care regimen. The chances of keeping your new head-of-hair for the rest of your life is over 90%.