10 Questions to Ask Yourself when Finding a Hair Loss Clinic in Singapore
If you have experienced hair loss and have decided to have a hair transplant, an important question to ask now is: how do I pick the right hair transplant clinic for me?
To start the process, you must put in the effort to thoroughly research and investigate all your options, and in Singapore, there can be quite a handful. But this can’t be stressed enough because hair transplant relies on limited donor hair, hence it should be planned carefully and accurately to achieve your desired results. Since there are different factors in picking a clinic, we discussed each of them here for you.
- 1 1. Is there a pre-surgical consultation?
- 2 2. Does the clinic offer the treatment I need?
- 3 3. How much experience does the hair transplant surgeon have?
- 4 4. Does the clinic specialise in any treatments?
- 5 5. Does the hair loss clinic have before and after photos?
- 6 6. Is price the main priority for me?
- 7 7. Do they offer questionable deals?
- 8 8. Can I find reviews or testimonials online?
- 9 9. Have I done exhaustive research about the clinic/s I am interested in?
- 10 10. Does the clinic have a good quality website?
1. Is there a pre-surgical consultation?
Hair loss is a multifactorial condition, this means that treatment varies for each person. Hence, not everyone will be a suitable candidate for hair transplant surgery, and in some cases, affected individuals may be advised to undergo other treatments first before jumping right into surgery.
Therefore, find a clinic that offers a no-obligation consultation before treatment. This allows you to find out exactly what’s causing your hair loss and find a suitable treatment to address your hair loss problem.
2. Does the clinic offer the treatment I need?
Fortunately, different types of treatment that can address the varying causes and stages of hair loss. For instance, you may think that you need a hair transplant, but your hairline is just starting to recede. In which case, a non-invasive approach may have to be advised first before invasive measures are considered.
Other hair restoration options may include, hair loss medications, hair loss supplements, and even laser therapy – and any of these may already work for some. Therefore, it helps that you check out the different services that a hair transplant clinic has, and see to it that you are given all the possible options for your case.
3. How much experience does the hair transplant surgeon have?
When you aim to commit to a permanent treatment that will also cost you serious cash, you need to choose the right person for the job. Learn as much information as you can about the doctor.
Experience is the best teacher. That is why you need to find out the amount of training they have had, the number of surgeries they have done, their specialisations, as well as their certifications.
Hair transplant surgeons in Singapore must be certified by the Ministry of Health (MOH) through the Central Licensing Board (CLB). Hair transplants in the country must follow the guidelines set by the Singapore Aesthetics Practice Oversight Committee.
4. Does the clinic specialise in any treatments?
If a clinic specialises in a particular treatment, it indicates that they have in-depth knowledge of the technical skills needed. It also means higher efficiency and productivity that also promises good quality results.
At the Dr Tyng Tan Aesthetics and Hair Clinic, we provide FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation), FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction), Partially Shaved FUE, and the Non-Shaved FUE.
5. Does the hair loss clinic have before and after photos?
A portfolio that features before and after images is indispensable in choosing a hair loss clinic. They should be able to provide this for you to see the quality of work that they can deliver. However, for Singapore practitioners, you will not find such images on their website or social media platforms, since medical professionals are restricted from displaying them.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) forbids medical practitioners from displaying before-and-after images in any online platform (e.g. online ads, social media, website). This is to prevent overpitching or creating unrealistic expectations, as well as avert confidentiality issues. However, feel free to ask for it during an in-person consultation. If you come across businesses that flaunt these images online and have not been penalised, it’s likely that these places are not medical clinics.
6. Is price the main priority for me?
Money is an important factor because hair transplant surgery is not cheap. But, it’s not advised that you settle for a service simply because it is affordable. While there may be several clinics that offer cheaper services, you must also look at the quality they produce to see if it is indeed a worthy investment. Conversely, those that offer expensive treatments do not necessarily provide great results, therefore, choose to look at the outcome of their previous surgeries and learn about the clinic’s reputation to ensure that you trust your money in the right hands.
7. Do they offer questionable deals?
Your research may lead you to some offers and deals for hair transplant surgery. Usually, these are packaged by grafts for a certain amount, which at first look, may sound like a real score. However, this arrangement is not ideal and will not give you the results you want.
A good hair transplant should be customised to your specific needs. You can’t fix a predetermined number of grafts before a consultation is even made. So to get your surgery from a deal is like expecting a gourmet-tasting dish from a boxed meal.
Don’t get easily swayed by statements like “speedy results” and “wild savings.” But if you’re attracted to these kinds of arrangements, be sure to read the fine print. You don’t want to discover later on that your surgery bill actually comes with several other fees and charges.
8. Can I find reviews or testimonials online?
Testimonials and reviews are one of the important things you need to look out for in choosing a clinic. Search the web for real and unbiased feedback. RealSelf and Google Reviews can be a good place to start. From there, you can also learn about reputable surgeons and even find before-and-after photos from previous hair transplant patients.
These reviews can also be a way for you to assess a practitioner’s quality of work through the years. You can check from how many years back these hair transplant reviews have been available to see how long a clinic or a doctor has been around and doing good work.
9. Have I done exhaustive research about the clinic/s I am interested in?
Researching will take time! It’s definitely going to take more than one night of endless searching and reading of reviews. However, don’t just sit and browse the web. Why not visit and check these clinics personally? In this way, you can assess if you are comfortable and confident enough to have your procedure done at your clinic of interest.
Your search will not only be limited to the infrastructure, but also include the different techniques and procedures that’s being offered for surgical hair restoration. Most doctors use the FUE or FUT approach, but there are also refined versions of these two main techniques that will suit the experience and results you seek.
10. Does the clinic have a good quality website?
In the digital era, it’s important for clinics to have presence in the digital space to keep up with the market. Having a good website is an important indicator in choosing a clinic. This is a reflection of how they cater to potential patients. Basically, this is like a digital storefront where they can showcase their services. A good one should be informational, easy-to-navigate, fast, free of clutter, and interactive.
Got these tips down? Now start your process of selection! You can start asking your questions with us. Come down for a personal visit, or drop us a line HERE for all your questions.
About Dr Tyng Tan
Dr. Tan Tyng Yuan, MBBS completed her graduate and medical education in the United Kingdom over a span of 10 years.