Hair Transplant Singapore
has taken the hair restoration market by storm with its natural-looking results. Hair transplant in Singapore is gaining popularity for both men and women who have been affected by hair loss. Hair transplant is a surgical technique that involves removing hair from one part of the scalp, ‘donor’ site, and inserting this into another area, ‘recipient site’, where they will continue to grow naturally.
Hair loss is devastating at any age, and it is important that you first become educated on the cause of your own hair loss before making the decision to have surgical hair restoration. Your first step should always be to see a qualified hair specialist /surgeon or a dermatologist who specializes in hair loss.
Hair loss or the medical term “alopecia” can be caused by any number of conditions, reflected in a specific diagnosis. Hair loss can be caused by many factors from genetics to the environment. While androgenetic alopecia is by far the most common form of hair loss, hair dermatologists also see many people with other forms of alopecia.
Hair transplant and hair implant may seem same but there is also a fine line difference between the procedures. Hair implant is the procedure where synthetic hair is implanted in bald part whereas in hair transplant the natural hair from donor side that is from back and side is transplanted on the bald patch.
Hair implants are just like hair wig the only difference being, in a wig artificial hairs are planted on a fine lace whereas in implant it is planted on the scalp. They look similar to wig, but you cannot remove it like you do with a wig.
Hair Transplant Singapore is a procedure wherein the candidate’s own hair from the donor site is planted on the bald patch. Transplanted hair look natural and the person can cut, shave, colour and style this hair as he or she would for natural hair.
Besides the difference in the look which is natural for hair transplant and wig like for hair implant, there are other significant factors which differentiate both the procedures.
- Transplanted hair grows like your natural hair whereas implanted synthetic hair doesn’t.
- Transplanted hair grows again if it falls where as if implanted hair breaks or falls, it has to be replaced manually with a new synthetic hair.
- There is a chance of rejection in implant because synthetic hairs are foreign particles. There is not an iota of rejection for transplanted hair because these are the person’s own hair.
- Transplanted hair takes 8-12 months to grow. So the visible results can be seen only then. The results of hair implantation are right away.
Hair transplant Singapore is gaining popularity because of the quality of work surgeons are able to produce. Here are the tips in terms of what to look for in hair replacement service offered by a hair transplant clinic in Singapore.
The following questions and answers will prepare you to understand the procedure and methods:
Q: Whose hair will be transplanted onto my head? Does this work like organ transplants where there’s a donor and a recipient?
A: Unlike the case of organ transplants, in a hair transplant you are your own donor. If you received hair, follicle, and tissue from someone else (other than an identical twin), your body would reject them without immune-suppressant drugs. You donate your hair from what are called your donor sites.
Q: Where are my donor sites?
A: Male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness are terms that include the word pattern. That’s because there is a pattern to the baldness. You’ve probably noticed, especially in men, that no matter how much hair they lost in the front, top, and crown areas of their heads, the sides and backs of their heads retain hair and sometimes a great deal of it. The sides and back are far less affected by the action of DHT upon their hair follicles. These areas are the donor sites from which the hair you donate to yourself is removed, along with the follicles and some surrounding tissue.
Q: Where does the hair surgeon put my donor hair during the hair transplantation?
A: Once it’s been extracted, it is transplanted to the balding parts of your scalp, into tiny slits that the doctor has created with his or her surgical tools. The donated hair, hair follicles, surrounding tissue, and skin are called grafts, and each graft contains one or more hair follicles with accompanying hair, tissue, and skin. No two heads are alike, and you will see that the art of hair transplantation is just as important as its science or medical aspects.
Q. If patients have significant hair loss, will they get a full head of hair after a hair transplant?
A. In most cases, the answer is no. Hair transplantation procedures redistribute and move existing hair – not create new hair. In the surgical procedure, your Singapore plastic surgeons take your existing healthy hair (usually located in the back and on the sides of the scalp) and move them to the part of the scalp that is bald. There is usually not sufficient hair in the donor area to replace all the lost hair in the recipient area. So it is not quite possible to provide a full head of hair. However, hair transplant can often produce a dramatic improvement in how you look to others and to yourself.
Q. Is the procedure painful?
A. Most patients are pleasantly surprised by how minimal the discomfort they experienced from the surgical procedure. Patients are given local anesthesia in the donor and recipient areas. Most patients find that once the anesthesia is given that they feel little or no pain or discomfort during the surgery. Any discomfort they feel after the surgery are usually some amount of soreness and numbness which is temporary and nearly always minimal. Our hair transplant doctors will provide pain mediation to help patients relieve the discomfort following the surgery.
Q. How long will it take for the transplanted hair to grow?
A. Typically it takes between four to five months following surgery before the transplanted hair follicles begin to grow new hair. After that it will grow about half an inch per month which is the same rate as the donor hair. The transplanted new hair growth is usually very thin, like baby hair, at the beginning. Then it will gradually become thicker and fuller over time. Within 6 months of the procedure, the transplanted hair can be groomed and combed in any fashion you like. Your transplanted hair will be fully mature after about a year following your surgery and will continue to grow for a lifetime.
Q. How long will the transplanted hair continue to grow?
A. The transplanted hair is taken from the hair from the back of the head. Even though it is moved from the back of the head to the recipient area, the transplanted hair will still have the same life span as any other hair follicle. Typically, a hair follicle sheds every three to six years and then grows back from the same root. The transplanted hair continues the same life circle.
Q. Is the hair transplant procedure dangerous?
A. No. Hair transplants are very safe procedures with few side effects. It is minor surface surgery, literally only skin deep, and one of the safest surgical procedures ever performed.
Q. What are the risk or common side effects after hair transplant surgery?
A. These are the common side effects that some of the patients experienced following the surgery.
Itching. It is common for patients to have itching occur on areas treated following the hair transplant surgery. This itching is temporary and last not more than a few days. Using shampoo to wash your hair daily will help ease the discomfort.
Swelling. In most cases, patients have experienced some form of swelling in their forehead and around their eyes. This swelling is temporary and lasts for only three to five days. Very rarely, a black eye may develop. Swelling does little harm and lasts no more than a week.
Infection. It is a common practice in Singapore for hair transplant doctors to give their patients antibiotics before and after the procedure to prevent infections from even starting. While rare, infections when occur can be easily treated with antibiotics.
Hiccups. Interesting, a rare side effect is hiccups after the surgery. It usually lasts only several hours. Some may extend to a few days and if left untreated the hiccups can keep you from eating or sleeping well. If this does occur, your doctors will prescribe a medication to ease the hiccups. It is good note that hiccups are very rare and less than 5 percent of the patients have this side effect.
Scarring. The extend of scarring depends upon skill of the surgeon performing the transplant, the way the procedure is done as well as the sensitivity of your skin. Keloid scarring following the surgery probably occurs only because you are genetically inclined to have it.
Cysts generally occur in the recipient area when the hair follicle damage and push deeper the skin layer. Cysts are usually pimple size, not more than 2 or 3 mm in diameter, and are mainly benign in character. They disappear by themselves after a few weeks or immediately after various simple medications.
Q. Do I need to take time off from work and what is the healing time?
A. Technically speaking, there is little or no time off required from work following the hair transplant surgery. Most patients feel well within a day or two after the procedure, although some numbness and mild soreness can be expected for couple of days following the surgery. Some patients who may be conscious of how they may look may elect to take time off from work for the first few days. There are also other patients who return to work immediately the next day and some may wear a cap or hat to mask the temporary scabs that were formed around the micro incisions. Due to our advanced technology, the incisions are less invasive than past procedures thus enabling a more rapid recovery and healing.
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