Guide To Seeing a Hair Transplant Doctor in Singapore

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Is your hair falling out more often than it should? If you’re shedding over a hundred strands of hair in a day, then there’s cause for alarm. And how do you know if it’s time to seek medical help?

There are many reasons your hair is falling out — it could be due to stress, your hair products, the medicines you’re taking, some medical conditions, or even your genes. But the good thing is, with the technological advancements today, you can combat hair loss with many treatment options. 

A hair transplant, for instance, is a hair-restoring method to help you regain your confidence as you regrow natural hair, even in balding scalp areas. So how will you know if you need to see a hair doctor? 

In this blog, we’ve rounded up the common signs of hair loss that warrant a visit to a hair doctor in Singapore.

What causes hair loss?

Over 35 million men and 21 million women worldwide experience hair loss. Moreover, at least 80 percent of men and nearly half of women have significant hair loss during their lifetime. Many of them observe hair thinning as early as their middle age. 

Hereditary hair loss, also known as androgenic alopecia, is the most common type. It happens when the hair follicles shrink and eventually stop growing hair. This process starts as early as adolescence and can progress later in life. 

Apart from your genes, other factors can cause hair loss. Sometimes, hair loss is a side effect of a health issue that needs to be addressed or the medicines you’re taking. Hormonal changes, thyroid problems, pregnancy, autoimmune diseases, physical trauma, nutritional deficiencies, and stress contribute to hair thinning and loss. Determining the root cause of hair loss is important to receive the proper care and treatment you need.

How do you know if you need to visit a hair doctor?

Did you know that several types of hair loss can be reversed and treated? If you didn’t, you are not alone. Researchers found that many people with hair loss are unaware that treatments are available to regrow hair. As a result, many people don’t seek medical attention to solve the problem. Nevertheless, if you experience hair loss, treatment can help you regrow your hair, and the sooner you begin treatment, the better your chances are.

You should consult a hair doctor in Singapore whenever you notice any early signs of male or female pattern baldness. Taking action quickly can help prevent hair loss from worsening. 

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1. You notice a visible receding hairline

A receding hairline is one of the first signs of hair loss, especially in men. In male pattern baldness, the hair around the temples begins to thin and recedes at the hairline. In the middle, hair may remain close to the forehead. This V-shaped hair growth in front is called a “widow’s peak”.

One of the hair loss scales doctors use is the Norwood scale or the Hamilton-Norwood scale, a seven-type scale that measures the extent of male pattern baldness. This scale provides images that indicate the various stages of balding. It is critical to schedule an appointment with a hair loss doctor if your hairline becomes thinner and higher with an M-shaped line.

2. You’re losing more hair than usual

According to the American Academy of Dermatologists, losing between 50 and 100 strands of hair daily is normal. When the body sheds significantly more hair each day, it’s called excessive hair shedding or telogen effluvium. 

As mentioned, this can be caused by many factors. So, suppose you notice you’re losing more hair than usual, especially during a bath or after combing your hair. In that case, it’s advised to see a hair doctor for a comprehensive evaluation. The doctor will determine the root cause of your hair loss and treat it accordingly. A hair transplant is an effective way to regrow hair for those with permanent hair loss due to male or female pattern baldness.

3. You’re experiencing sudden, patch hair loss

While male pattern baldness gradually develops. It starts at the temple and eventually worsens over a period of time. Though the speed at which hair loss occurs may vary from person to person, it will rarely be sudden. However, if you experience hair loss all at once, creating patches on your scalp, you should seek the help of a hair doctor for further evaluation and treatment options.

4. Your hair loss is becoming more noticeable

You might notice hair loss once someone points it out to you. Once you look at yourself in the mirror, you realise that it has made you look older than you are. When the change in your hairline and thickness worsens over time, you should seek the help of a professional hair doctor. Aside from genetics, there are other causes of hair loss and treating these underlying conditions can be the key to hair regrowth. If it’s untreatable, you can choose permanent options for hair restoration, such as a hair transplant. You will look younger, with a head full of hair again.

5. You have yellowish dandruff

Often, hair loss is caused by scalp conditions. It appears as yellow dandruff that is greasy and itchy. This marks the development of an inflammatory skin condition called seborrheic dermatitis. Left untreated, it can cause irritation, pain, and even hair loss. The good news is that it’s treatable with medicated shampoos and ointments. Visit your hair doctor for an evaluation and treatment. Don’t let the condition worsen, as it will cause patches of hair loss that can take a long time to grow back.

What to do next

All these signs hint that you’re experiencing hair loss, which can vary from reversible to permanent. Don’t fret, as with the plethora of options today, you can regrow your hair and feel more confident. 

Fortunately, hair transplant has evolved to become a hair restoration option, providing new hope for those who have noticeable hair loss and other hair conditions. 

The good news is that our clinic offers hair restoration options for you. So, if you wish to learn more about hair transplant surgery and our individualised treatment plans, get in touch with our team today to book a consultation with Dr Tyng Tan. Call us at +65 6235 0010 .

Dr. Tan Tyng Yuan
BSc (Hons), MBBS (London), Grad. Dip. Dermatology (UK), Dip. AAAM (USA), Grad. Fellow in ISHRS (International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery)

About Dr Tyng Tan

Dr Tyng Tan has over ten years of experience treating male pattern baldness with the minimally invasive, non-strip method known as FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) Hair Transplantation.

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