The Follicular Unit Extraction method (FUE) is a minimally invasive procedure and is one of the most sought after methods for hair transplants. With this procedure, the individual follicular units needed for the affected areas are harvested individually and also individually transplanted to the bald spot of the patient. It is different from the traditional strip-harvesting where a strip of scalp is removed to remove the hair grafts.
As far as the number of grafts is concerned, the doctor can only determine the exact number as soon as she is able to conduct an in-depth evaluation.
It would be difficult to get an accurate estimate of the cost for hair transplant because it concerns a specific number of grafts that would accurately determine how much the procedure really is. Aside from the needed grafts, you also need to factor in the doctor’s fee and the other incidental feels related to the procedure. The running price for each graft is around S$6 or more.
The best way to know if you are qualified for a hair transplant is for you to book an appointment with your doctor and allow her to conduct a thorough assessment of your physical condition and medical history. The criteria for evaluation include the following:
Hair is finite. The older people get, the weaker it becomes. Aging cause the anagen phase to shorten which translates into a lesser time before the hair enters the resting stage, followed by the shedding stage to give room for the new strands.
Required Number of Grafts for the Desired Results
Patients have specific hair transplant goals in mind. But, not all patients have the necessary number of grafts for their desired outcome. The doctor should be able to evaluate the donor area to be sure that it can produce the necessary amount of grafts to achieve the desired result.
Hair Loss Predictions
Accurate predictions for hair loss is still a long way to go. But the younger the patient, the more aggressive the hair loss is observed.
Pain and Discomfort
During the procedure itself, you will feel no pain because you will be under a local anesthesia. However, you might feel some discomfort while the anesthesia is being given to you. This can be described as a pulling or pushing sensation. But, there is no need to worry because any discomfort is minimal and medications are given to relieve any pain.
Time for Hair Growth
Do not expect the hair to grow instantly after the procedure. It usually takes up to three to six months for the initial hair growth to occur. Hair growth is usually expected on the third or fourth month with an increase of 10% per month after the initial growth period.
The best part about hair transplants is that the results are long-lasting, and that means it will not be as costly as the other options which require several sessions of treatments. This is the reason why a lot of patients opt for this solution. However, this should be done by legitimate professionals. Otherwise, the damage could also be permanent and may cost more to make them look better.
When done by a professional who has years of experience in the procedure, the others would never notice anything unusual, but they will notice that you have grown back the hair that you have lost. And that is the kind of attention you should get with the quality of work as provided by professional doctors in Singapore.
Ensure that you seek consultation with qualified hair transplant doctors. This means someone who is in fellowship (not membership) with an association for medical hair restoration surgery or cosmetic surgery. It is also important that you look into their years of experience in performing procedures in the field of hair restoration, training locally or abroad, or sub-specializations.
If you are looking for a hair transplant doctor in Singapore, consider the following:
(1) Are they approved by the Aesthetic Practice Oversight Committee (APOC) branch of Singapore Medical Council to perform hair transplant?
Since 2008, all aesthetic doctors who want to practice hair transplantation in Singapore must be approved by APOC to carry out the procedure.
The requirements are much more stringent than that required for dermal fillers, Botox, lasers, HIFU, etc. Instead of a 1-day course, practitioners are required to finish at least half a year of exclusive training in hair transplant.
(2) How much experience does a doctor have?
A patient must be keen in choosing a doctor with experience because it takes one a full year to see the full extent of any hair transplant mistake made. This is how long hair takes to grow. Therefore, you must make sure that a doctor has good training and experience.
(3) Are they going to be the doctor performing the hair transplant?
We have heard of patient’s frustrations that the consulting doctor and operating doctor is different. Again, results depend on the doctor’s experience. And as mention above, SMC sets the bar high on doctors who are approved to perform hair restoration surgery.
Cheap surgery performed by unlicensed doctors can entice patients, but it also results in the upward trend of bad hair transplant results and exhaustion of donor’s hair. This means that the patient is stuck when requiring corrective work. Remember to prioritise quality over price.
If you decide to get a hair transplant done, you can seek professional advice from Dr. Tyng Tan of the Aesthetics and Hair Clinic in Singapore. Dr. Tyng Tan is a graduate fellow in hair restoration surgery awarded by ISHRS and a certification by the Singapore Medical Council.