Regenera Activa vs. Hair Transplant: Which is right for me?

by | Dec 5, 2023

Choosing between Regenera Activa and Hair Transplant depends on several factors, including the person’s preference for surgical versus non-surgical procedures, tolerance for downtime, budget, and the need for immediate versus gradual results.

In a nutshell, Regenera Activa is a non-surgical hair restoration approach utilising the body’s regenerative capabilities. It involves extracting hair follicle precursor cells from the scalp, processing it to isolate these cells, and then injecting them into areas of hair thinning to stimulate growth.

On the other hand, hair transplants are surgical procedures that provide more immediate results. Hair follicles are harvested from a donor site and transplanted to the balding areas, which can result in more visible hair density shortly after the procedure.

Regenera Activa

Regenera Activa is one of the more popular treatment options for those experiencing androgenetic alopecia or pattern hair loss. This minimally invasive procedure distinguishes itself by utilising autologous cell transplantation, a process involving the extraction and reapplication of the patient’s own cells from areas of the scalp less affected by hair loss. The entire process, which takes approximately one hour, is designed to stimulate hair growth on a cellular level.

Suitable candidates for this treatment include healthy individuals who do not have scalp or skin diseases, particularly beneficial for men up to Norwood IV stage and women up to Ludwig II stage of hair loss. The procedure begins with local anaesthesia, followed by the extraction of small skin samples from the nape. These samples are processed to harvest vital hair follicle components, which are then injected into thinning scalp areas. The goal is to promote denser and thicker hair growth in areas genetically prone to thinning.

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Regenera Activa is a less invasive alternative to traditional hair transplants. However, it is important to choose experienced practitioners to minimise potential risks such as donor depletion and scarring. It is not recommended for hair loss due to non-androgenetic factors, including hair loss from cancer treatments, psychological conditions, or active dermatological diseases of the scalp. Patients may begin to see improvements in hair volume and density within 1-2 months, although results are not permanent. Periodic maintenance sessions may be required.

Hair Transplant

Hair transplantation is a medical procedure for treating hair loss. It involves transferring hair follicles from a donor site to a recipient area. The process is detailed and relies on the precision of the medical team.

The procedure includes preparing the donor area, typically the back or sides of the head, due to the follicles’ robustness. Hair follicles are extracted individually or in a strip and then prepared for transplantation. The surgeon creates the recipient area with care for a natural-looking hairline and density. Post-operative care is crucial for graft survival, with specific guidelines to promote healing and reduce the risk of disturbing the grafts.

Healing varies among individuals, and some redness and scabbing are expected initially. New hair growth and recovery can take months; follow-up visits ensure proper healing and satisfactory results. Hair transplants can provide fuller, more permanent hair coverage.

The advantages include the potential for permanent hair coverage, a natural appearance, and a customisable design, which can be especially effective for extensive hair loss. Typically, one procedure is sufficient, offering predictable outcomes and a long-term solution that requires minimal maintenance.

However, the procedure can be costly, and there is a small risk of surgical complications. It may also not be suitable for individuals with limited donor hair availability. When considering a hair transplant, discussing all aspects with a qualified professional is vital to ensure it aligns with your needs and expectations.

Your Hair Loss Solutions Options

Several personal factors are essential when choosing between Regenera Activa and a hair transplant. The severity of hair loss plays a significant role. Regenera Activa is often recommended for those experiencing early stages of hair thinning or as a proactive treatment to prevent hair loss. On the other hand, hair transplants are generally sought by individuals with more extensive hair loss who require noticeable coverage.

Moreover, practical considerations such as budget and available downtime for recovery should be considered. Consulting with a healthcare provider can provide further personalised guidance to help you make the best choice for your hair restoration needs.

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Quick Facts & FAQs

What are the key benefits of Regenera Activa?

Regenera Activa uses the body’s own regenerative cells to stimulate natural hair growth gradually and is minimally invasive with a quick recovery time.

How many sessions of Regenera Activa are required?

Typically, one session is required, but it depends on individual response and goals. Maintenance sessions may be needed over time.

What is the average cost of Regenera Activa?

Costs vary by location and clinic, but it is generally less expensive upfront compared to hair transplants. Consult a specialist for specific pricing.

Who is eligible for Regenera Activa?

It’s ideal for individuals experiencing early hair loss or thinning and those seeking a non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure.

What are the primary benefits of a hair transplant?

Hair transplants offer a permanent solution to hair loss, with immediate and noticeable results, and the ability to cover larger bald areas.

How many hair transplant sessions will I need?

Many patients achieve their desired results in a single session. However, some may require additional sessions for more extensive coverage.

What is the average cost of a hair transplant?

Hair transplants are generally more expensive, with prices depending on the extent of the transplant and the technique used. Consultation with a clinic is necessary for exact costs.

Who is a good candidate for a hair transplant?

Ideal candidates are those with sufficient donor hair and more significant hair loss.

Can Regenera Activa and hair transplants be combined?

In some cases, yes. Combining both can maximise the overall results. A consultation with a hair restoration specialist can determine if this is a suitable approach for you.

How long do the results of Regenera Activa last?

The results vary but can last up to several years. Ongoing maintenance treatments may be recommended to sustain hair density.

How long until I see results from a hair transplant?

Visible results can take 6 to 12 months as transplanted hair falls out and then grows back in a natural growth cycle.

Professional Hair Loss Solutions Singapore

Ultimately, the choice between Regenera Activa and hair transplantation should be made in consultation with a medical professional who can assess your specific condition, preferences, and expectations to recommend the most suitable treatment. At the end of the day, what matters most is achieving a result that looks completely natural and leaves the patient feeling happy and confident — and here at Dr Tyng Tan Aesthetics and Hair Clinic, that is our commitment.

Dr. Tan is one of a few doctors who is approved by the Singapore Medical Council to carry out hair transplantation with specialisation on both FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) techniques and FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation). Dr. Tan also offers 3 techniques from her training with Dr Cole, the fully shaved, partially shaved, and non-shaved hair transplant techniques.

Do you need more information about your hair transplant options? Please get in touch with +65 6235 0010 today to book a consultation with Dr Tyng Tan.

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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