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Last updated on September 7th, 2021 at 9:58 pm
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Hair Loss Treatment for Men

Hair Loss Treatment for Men

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What Are The Common Causes Of Hair Loss?

Common reversible causes are:

  • Illness
  • Hair styling habits
  • Stress

Male pattern hair loss, on the other hand, can be slightly trickier to tackle!

What Causes Male Pattern Hair Loss?

Male Pattern Hair Loss, aka Androgenetic Alopecia, is the MOST common type of hair loss in men. About 85% of men will have major hair thinning by the age of 50.

Male Pattern Hair Loss is due to male hormones – DHT

DHT binds with scalp receptors, which causes hair thinning, weakening hair grafts (miniaturization), and eventual hair loss.

Progression of Hair Loss

  • Begins with a receding hairline (front of head)
  • Followed by hair loss over the vertex (top of the head).
  • Occipital scalp (back of the head) is spared.

How Is Male Pattern Hair Loss Diagnosed?

Male Pattern Hair Loss is diagnosed clinically through a doctor’s consultation and examination.

No laboratory tests are necessary.

The Norwood-Hamilton classification is used to determine the stage/ severity of hair loss.

male pattern hair loss

What Happens When You Delay Treatment For Hair Loss?

The longer you wait before seeking treatment, the less likely you are to recover hair that has already been lost.

This is because hair follicles undergo miniaturization. 

The hair follicle’s diameter shrinks and reduces to the point where new hair no longer grows.

What Treatments Are Currently Available For Male Pattern Hair Loss?

1. Oral Finasteride (Propecia)

Things to know/what to expect:

  • It is more effective over the vertex of the scalp.
  • The temples and anterior hairline regions are recommended to be treated with a hair transplant.
  • Recommended dosage: 1mg once daily.

Effects:

  • Improve both total and new hair counts.
  • It prevents or slows the progression of hair loss.
  • Effects become noticeable after 3-6 months and peaks around after 12 months.

Possible side effects:

  • Loss of libido
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Growth of breast tissue in men

These are all temporary side effects, and patients usually recover once the medication is stopped.

2. Topical (spray)
Minoxidil

Things to know/what to expect:

  • Recommended dose: 1 mL applied twice daily on the dry scalp, and left in place for at least 4 hours.

Effects:

  • Minoxidil only slows down hair loss.
  • It is unlikely to result in the growth of new hair.

Possible side effects:

  • Skin irritation
  • Increased heart rate

What Treatments Exist For Male Pattern Hair Loss That Do Not Involve Taking Medications?

1. Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

Things to know/what to expect:

  • You can expect stronger and thicker hair shafts.
  • Recommended treatment regimes are 20 minutes of treatment, 3 times a week.

LLLT works by:

  • Increasing blood flow in the scalp
  • Reducing scalp inflammation

2. FUE Hair Transplant Surgery

Things to know/what to expect:

Hair transplant in Singapore is suitable for:

  • Male & Female Pattern Hair Loss
  • Alopecia areata (if stable for more than 1 year)
  • Scarring alopecia

FUE Hair transplant is a permanent solution to increasing hair density on a bald scalp.

Disclaimer: Content on this website is for informational purposes only and does not replace formal medical advice,  treatments offered to you or treatments offered by Sozo Aesthetic Clinic. Sozo Aesthetic Clinic does not offer FUE at this point in time. 

How Are FUE Hair Transplants Carried Out?

Expected results of FUE Hair Transplant:

  • Transplanted hairs will drop in the first 3 months.
  • The transplanted hairs re-grow after 3 months, and the best results will occur at 18 months.
  • You should undergo hair transplant at least 9 months before any important social events! (ie marriage, graduation ceremony etc)!

Are There Better Alternatives To Hair Transplant?

Autologous Micrografts “Regenera Activa” – Hair Transplant Alternative

Why is Regenera Activa our patients’ favourite hair growth treatment?

Regenera Activa is a US FDA and Europe CE approved minimally invasive hair loss treatment that uses autologous micrografts.

Visible Results In 1 Month
No Downtime
No Side Effects
Natural Results
Effective Before/After Hair Transplant
Effective For Men & Women

How Much Does Medical Hair Loss Treatment Cost In Singapore?

Hair Loss Treatment Cost
Doctor consultation
$60-120
Finasteride cost in Singapore
$60-80/month
Low-Level Laser Therapy cost in Singapore
$1000-1200
Autologous Micrograft “Regenera Activa” cost in Singapore
$3800-6000
from $10,000. Average price at $5/graft for 2,000 grafts.

FAQ

Minimal discomfort and downtime are expected during and after Regenera Activa® Treatment. You can resume your daily activities immediately after the treatment.
Regenera Activa has been through extensive clinical trials for efficacy and safety. It has been approved by CE and FDA for medical treatment.
Yes. Regenera Activa can be combined with oral hair growth supplement, hair growth spray and low-level laser therapy depending on the individual’s condition and preference. Combination treatment may lead to the more superior outcome. It is common for patients to reduce their dosage of DHT-blockers after their Regenera Activa treatment.
There are more than 6000 patients worldwide that have been treated with this method since April 2015 (more than two years for protocol development).
The only medical contraindication is an active infectious process in the scalp.
Yes, but avoid swimming for a week.
Of course, hair follicles remaining in the recipient area can enjoy the benefits of Regenera Activa® treatment.
Yes, indeed. It can be performed a few days before or after the micro graft procedure, although there are some physicians the prefer to do it at the same time for they claim the fall of the grafted follicles is reduced.

Author

Medical Director

After graduating from the National University of Singapore, Dr Boey’s journey in aesthetics brought him to esteemed institutions such as Harvard Medical School, American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and Queen Mary University of London in diverse cities like Seoul, London, Boston and New York.