How To Stop Hair Loss In 30 Days
With nearly two-thirds of men in Singapore experiencing some form of hair loss by age 40, hair loss remedies are everywhere you turn. Tonics, medications and hair pieces are readily available as hair loss remedies. Unfortunately, many of these hair loss remedies don’t produce results. Because of this, many men turn to hair transplantation surgery. Surgery can be a scary word. Many men are surprised to learn that hair transplantation has little downtime and is a permanent hair loss remedy.
Male Hair Loss
Male pattern hair loss is called androgenic alopecia. Alopecia is a term for hair loss, and androgenic refers to androgens. Androgens are sex hormones. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is the primary hormone associated with male hair loss. DHT gives men their male physical characteristics. It also can shrink the hair follicle and shorten the cycle of hair growth, which results in hair loss. Some areas of the scalp are more vulnerable to DHT levels. The top of the head and hairline are more vulnerable, while the back and sides of the head are more resistant to DHT.
A permanent hair loss remedy exists in the form of hair transplantation surgery. Doctors across Singapore perform hair transplant surgery with fantastic results. While the financial investment is higher, many men are surprised at how much money they have spent on hair loss remedies that don’t work. Hair transplantation is a permanent hair loss remedy.
Hair transplantation surgery will be unique to each individual based on age, hair line, degree of hair loss and the ability to harvest healthy hairs for implantation. Hair is often taken from the back or sides of the head, where hair is naturally more resistant to DHT. The hair is usually thick enough in this area to extract grafts to implant into areas affected by hair loss.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)is a type of hair restoration surgery that removes individual hair follicles from the donor site. These follicles are prepared and then grafted to the area of hair loss. The hair transplanted to the balding areas maintains its resistance to DHT, making FUE a permanent solution for hair loss. FUE can be done manually by a hair transplant surgeon. Each hair follicle removed is carefully inspected before being grafted into the recipient area. The health of the follicle and skill of the doctor is highly important to the success of the procedure.
FUE is the most popular method of hair transplantation, and it is gradually replacing another technique, called Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). FUT is a similar type of transplantation, but instead of removing individual follicles, the doctor removes a strip of follicles, dissects it and then grafts it to the sight. There are advantages and disadvantages to both.
FUE has the advantages of a less invasive procedure. There is no incision or sutures. There is less downtime for FUE, and the hair can be worn very short because there is no scar. FUE is usually more costly (up to around $10,000), and takes more time to complete. FUT has a more invasive donor process. Sutures are needed, and the patient will have a scar from the donation area. The procedure tends to be slightly less expensive than FUE and FUT can be useful in patients requiring a lot of grafting. For men in Singapore, FUE is usually the preferred method. Asian skin thicker and tighter than Caucasian skin and is more prone to scarring.
Technology continues to advance in FUE transplantation. Robots are now used in some clinics for hair follicle extraction. ARTAS is a robotic hair extractor that produces quality grafts and has slightly increased the success rate of the grafts. The ARTAS also has the advantage of not tiring. The average hair transplant lasts an entire day. While this new technology is exciting, there are circumstances where manual extraction is indicated. The condition of the skin on the scalp and shape of the head can make robotic extraction. ARTAS comes with a significantly higher price tag as well.
Before moving forward with hair transplantation surgery, your doctor should make sure there are no dermatologic or medical reasons for your hair loss. In those cases, medications can be used to help regain hair. If your hair loss is diagnosed as DHT related male hair loss, transplantation is a reliable hair loss remedy.