Effective Hair Loss Treatment In Singapore
Just in America alone, it was reported that an estimated 80 million men and women have varying degrees of hereditary hair loss, or alopecia.
Although it can affect your entire body, it happens more frequently on the hair on the scalp. It is perfectly normal to lose about 50 to 100 hairs on your head a day. If you start to notice that you are dropping more hair than usual, it may be time for you to see a doctor so that they can determine the underlying cause of your hair loss and advise an appropriate treatment plan.
Stages of hair growth
There are 3 stages of the hair lifecycle: Anagen, catagen, and telogen.
The anagen phase is also known as the ‘growth phase’. This is the phase where each strand of hair is at its own stage of development. The rate of hair growth at this stage is about 1 cm per month. It can last from two to six years, depending on the genetics. The longer the hair stays in this phase, the longer it will grow.
The catagen phase is also known as the ‘transitional phase’. This phase usually lasts for about two weeks. The hair follicle shrinks and disintegrates, cutting the hair from its bloody supply. During this phase, the follicle shortens, causing the hair shaft to be pushed upwards.
The telogen phase is known as the ‘resting phase’. The follicle remains dormant for one to four months. About ten to fifteen percent of the hairs on your head are in this phase at any given time. At some point, the follicle will grow again, and breaks out of the telogen phase when new hair shaft is produced.
Common types of hair loss
ANDROGENETIC ALOPECIA The most common type of hair loss that affects millions of men and women globally. The terms – ‘male pattern hair loss’ and ‘female pattern hair loss’ may be more familiar to you. Androgenetic alopecia is largely caused by hereditary factors. But if treated early, it can be managed with proper treatment, medication and making certain lifestyle changes.
TELOGEN EFFLUVIUM When large number of hair follicles on the scalp enter the resting phase of the hair growth cycle, your hair fall out without new hair growth for a long time. This condition does not cause complete baldness, but your hair may appear very thin, especially at the crown and temples.
ANAGEN EFFLUVIUM Certain medical treatments such as chemotherapy can lead to rapid hair loss. The goal of chemotherapy is to kill cancer cells, but one of the side effects is to stop hair production in the scalp and other parts of the body as well. After chemotherapy treatment ends, your doctor can recommend some treatments and medications to help your hair grow back more quickly.
ALOPECIA AREATA It is a common autoimmune disorder that attacks healthy tissues, including the hair follicles. It causes hair to fall and prevents new hair from growing. It can affect both children and adult and begin suddenly without warning. One distinct sign is random bald patches on the scalp. If not treated early, it may lead to complete hair loss.
TINEA CAPITIS Caused by fungal infection of the scalp. It is sometimes known as scalp ringworm. If it infects the hair shaft and scalp, it may lead to hair fall.
SCALP FOLLICULITIS An inflammatory disorder of the hair follicles in the scalp, characterized by small, itchy pustules on the scalp. When left untreated, the condition can become more serious and it may cause hair loss in severe cases.
Causes of hair loss
Finding the cause of hair loss can be challenging because there can be several factors that may lead to thinning hair.
Although hair loss can be associated with medical conditions including thyroid, hormonal imbalance, and medication, you may be relieved to hear that most cases are often due to predetermined genetic factors and overall aging process.
- MEDICATION A number of medications that doctors prescribe for common health problems may contribute to hair fall. Blood-thinning medication, NSAIDs, oral contraceptives, drugs for depression, and beta and calcium channel blockers are just some examples of common drugs that have reported cases of hair fall in patients who consume them. Too much vitamin-A or retinoids may cause hair loss as well.
- PREGNANCY Hormonal fluctuations and imbalance is a common occurrence following pregnancy and childbirth. It takes time to restore the hormonal balance, so it is common for postpartum mothers to notice thinning hair and bald patches. This usually occurs about two to three months after the delivery.
- EMOTIONAL STRESS Although emotional stress is less likely to cause hair loss than physical stress, major events that you undergo may put you through a lot of emotional turmoil. For example, the death of a loved one, unemployment, or divorce may cause your hair follicles to stay in its telogen (resting phase) longer than usual, giving rise to the impression of hair loss.
- HEREDITARY Male- and female-pattern baldness are hereditary. Hair loss can be passed down from parents to their children. You can inherit these genes from either parent. You are more likely to suffer from hair loss if your mother, or close relatives have experienced hair loss.
- PHYSICAL STRESS Any form of physical stress such as car accident, severe illness, or surgery can cause temporary hair loss.
Treatment of hair loss with Regenera Activa
What is Regenera Activa?
Regenera Activa aims to provide an intensive scalp treatment to aid in stronger, thicker hair growth.
It is specially developed to regenerate and kickstart hair growth process using autologous micrograft. What this means is that it uses your body’s own ability to use functioning hair follicles to stimulate the growth of hair follicles in inactive areas of the scalp.
Regenera Activa is an FDA-approved, CE-marked, and HSA-approved device for the purpose of stimulating healthy hair growth.
How does Regenera Activa hair loss treatment work?
STEP 1: Micro-grafts are extracted from healthy areas of the scalp.
STEP 2: Preparation of the extracted micro-grafts.
STEP 3: The doctor reintroduces the healthy micro-grafts into areas of hair loss to repair and kickstart hair growth in the treated areas.
Is Regenera Activa effective?
Based on the Norwood Scale that measures the stages of male pattern baldness, Regenera Activa responds well if you are in the early stages of hair loss i.e. Stage 1 to 3. In stage 3, hair loss is becoming noticeable and the hairline is pulled backwards, forming a curved “M” shape around the forehead and temple. This is because Regenera Activa works mainly by reactivating and strengthening hair follicles that are still alive. It is important to note that Regenera Activa does not work on hair follicles that are no longer active.
Side effects of Regenera Activa hair loss treatment
Unlike topical or oral medication, Regenera Activa does not introduce any inorganic compound into your body, making it a very safe treatment with no reported side effects.
How much does Regenera Activa hair loss treatment cost in Singapore?
This treatment that should ideally be done every 10 to 12 months will set you back by about S$3,000 per session.
What is the difference between FUE hair transplant and Regenera Activa hair loss treatment?
Regenera Activa is suitable for people who are budget-conscious and may not be willing to dig deep into their pocket for Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant.
Think of Regenera Activa as a scalp conditioning treatment that strengthens and revitalizes your scalp. For people who wish to undergo FUE hair transplant can also opt for Regenera Activa to reinforce the scalp health.
Frequently asked questions about Regenera Activa hair loss treatment in Singapore
Am I a suitable candidate for Regenera Activa hair loss treatment?
Regenera Activa hair loss treatment is suitable for both men and women with:
- Mild to moderate hair loss/ thinning
- Male or female pattern hair loss
Is there any downtime after Regenera Activa hair loss treatment?
This entire process takes about 45 minutes with minimal downtime.
You can expect some redness on the scalp after the treatment but these effects should resolve on its own in a couple of hours.
How often should I undergo Regenera Activa hair loss treatment?
This treatment is a one-time treatment. You should be able to see visible results after 4 to 6 weeks from initial treatment.
You may choose to repeat this treatment after 10 to 12 months if you wish to enhance the outcome of the previous treatment.
Is Regenera Activa hair loss treatment painful?
The treatment is not painful as local anesthesia can be administered before the micro-grafts are extracted.
How long will the results of Regenera Activa hair loss treatment last?
The result of Regenera Activa is not permanent. It can last between 1 and 3 years depending on how well you maintain the scalp health.
It is best repeated every 1-2 years to rejuvenate your scalp and retard or reverse hair loss.