Hair Transplant Singapore (CIT FUE Hair Transplant)
Today’s hair transplants provide natural-looking results when performed by an experienced surgeon.1
What you need to know about getting a hair transplant in Singapore?
Hair transplant became popular in Singapore in recent years, partly driven by improvements in outcomes and partly because of increased awareness about the safety of the surgery (Shiell, 2015).
Modern techniques of surgical hair transplantation can re-shape your hairline and restore lost hair with your own natural, growing hair, which can be styled, washed and trimmed as you always had done. Transplantation is so good today that often even your hair stylist cannot even tell that the procedure had been done.
In our clinic, we carry out Cole Isolation Technique (CIT) Hair Transplant (FUE+) pioneered by Dr John P. Cole.
CIT® is a relatively new procedure that has improved hair loss treatment. After years of research and the development of precision instruments, Dr. Cole has refined and improved FUE to the degree that his proprietary CIT® hair transplant procedure has become the modern approach.
The process is a safe and relatively minor surgical procedure. It is done under local anaesthesia, with the patient conscious and relaxed. Significant complications are rare. There is usually minimal discomfort or little pain during the surgical procedure.
Dr Tan is an active member of various prestigious hair and aesthetics international organization, such as the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, The Asia Association of Hair Restoration Surgeons, The American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and The American Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine.
What is FUE?
Follicular Unit Extraction, or FUE is the direct transfer of hair from a healthy donor area to bald or thinning areas on the head. Due to the involvement of all the important parts of the hair follicles during transplantation, there is a big chance for growth and survival.
Hair has a natural cycle that includes shedding and there is nothing to panic about when this happens.
Alopecia, or what is commonly known as hair loss, is unwanted loss of hair from the head and the other parts of the body. It also refers to male or female pattern baldness. There are numerous factors that could cause the condition, which makes it important to get a proper diagnosis to effectively cure the disorder.
Such causes include genetics, fungal infection, trauma, chemotherapy, and nutritional deficiencies. Other causes are certain illnesses that can lead to temporary baldness and these include thyroid disease and alopecia areata. Diseases that cause scarring like lichen planus and specific types of lupus can become permanent along with the scars they produce.
With male pattern baldness, hair loss starts to be very noticeable on the crown and then the hairline, and temples, until it finally hits the mid-anterior scalp. Though this is the common pattern, there are variations to this that are considered on a case-to-case basis.
Lifestyle also has a lot to do with hair loss. With the current way people live their modern lives, most overlook important health issues that ultimately create this condition. Bad, fatty diets are easily the culprits because of the lack of necessary nutrients to keep hair shiny and healthy. Lack of sleep and other sources of stress also trigger the condition among other modern-day illnesses. Smoking is also considered as a reason for irrational hair loss.
For those who seek surgical treatment for hair loss, the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant method is a viable method for both men and women seeking to treat hair loss. It is essentially the transfer of healthy hair follicles from a donor area on the scalp and grafting them to a bald or thinning area.
Microincisions have a diameter that ranges from 0.8 – 1.0 mm, depending on follicular unit sizes in each patient. This minimizes scarring and conserves future areas available for harvesting. The procedure is done under a very high-powered microscope to allow the surgeon to work with precision, which is the key to natural-looking transplants.
The procedure is minimally invasive and is carried out under local anesthetic. This helps minimize the risks and downtime that are commonly associated with the procedure (Dua, 2010).
Dr. Tyng Tan uses FUE techniques that was developed by American hair transplant surgeon, Dr. John P. Cole. Dr. Tan has been trained in these techniques to provide good quality hair restoration results.
Patients who undergo the procedure want the results to look as natural as possible and the outcome makes it appear that way.
The hair that grows as a result of the procedure will look exactly like the hair that grew locally, hiding the fact that the patient actually had the procedure. This comes with an assured natural hairline that makes the hair look fuller but untouched. As far as the donor area is concerned, it will appear unaffected or unchanged. Minimal pain should be hardly experienced after the procedure because of the local anesthesia that was used during the extraction of the follicles.
If hair is worn short, as little as 0.5cm long, scarring will not be visible. If it is clean shaven, some tiny dotted hypopigmented scars may be noticeable to varying degrees depending on the healing abilities of the patient. The Ministry of Health does not allow us to post before-and-after images online, but you may come in and see the actual photos of our previous patients.
There should also hardly be any obvious scarring since the procedure is not invasive, making it perfect for patients who are suffering from incipient and advanced hair loss.
A lot of our busy professional clients opt to do surgery on a Friday and return to work on Monday with little or no detection. Consult a hair transplant doctor to know if you are a suitable candidate for this.
For a more holistic approach to FUE hair transplant, there are certain treatments that the patient can have to have an overall improvement for the entire body. They are mostly for the skin to enhance the wonderful changes on the scalp. This includes treatments such as dermal fillers, skin laser rejuvenation, and Thermage CPT.
How Much Does Hair Transplant Cost in Singapore?
Though the total price of the procedure varies on the extent of work needed to cover the affected area, which includes the number of grafts that you need plus the surgeon fees and other incidental fees, expect to shell out something around $6k and above.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
1. What to look for in a hair transplant surgeon?
Donor hair is limited. Everyone has a variable number of available donor hair. It does not increase over time with frugality once hair transplant is carried out. Choose a doctor with the experience you are comfortable with as donor depletion and scarring can potentially have severe, detrimental effects on a young patient. When in doubt, wait, rather than rush in for a cheap surgery.
Doctor Tan is a Graduate Fellow in Hair Restoration Surgery, as certified by the ISHRS, having exclusively trained in hair transplant for nearly a year and fulfilling strict training requirements set out by the ISHRS at one of their 5 training centres worldwide. She has also contributed chapters to hair transplant textbook and Hair Loss International forums, and was an invited speaker (1 of 2 speakers) for AAAM (American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine) talks for doctors on hair transplantation.
We pride ourselves on 100% dedication to hair transplant patient. Doctor Tan does not take on any concurrent patient to concentrate on the hair transplant patient on the day of the procedure. We use hair transplant equipments from the USA (Cole Instruments) designed by Dr Cole who is a proponent of the FUE approach and investor at the same time. Our team is trained overseas by veteran hair transplant doctors in the industry, an effort Doctor Tan has invested in for quality results for her patients.
2. How much does Hair Transplant cost in Singapore?
$6K upwards on average.[You may e-mail us to enquire on cost of the procedure]
3. Is Hair Transplant worth it?
Hair Transplant should be a last resort (i.e. tried available medical options) but in terms of results, majority of patients find more rewarding/worth it when done by a good doctor, especially if transplanted area has receded/bald as no herbal/medical options would restore it otherwise.
4. Does Hair transplant really work?
Taking hair from balding resistant area at the back of head and transplanting on balding area. Original donor area properties remain therefore transplanted hair are DHT resistance and permanent.
Yes it works with good patient selection (eg. compliance with post op care, absence of certain scalp conditions).
5. When should you transplant hair?
When you are not actively undergoing a period of active hair shedding (telogen effluvium), chemo induced shedding, (anagen effluvium), in the absence of certain scalp conditions like active alopecia areata, active lichen planopilaris, active frontal fibrosing alopecia or other scarring alopecias, to name a few.
6. Who are the best candidates for FUEs?
The best people for FUE should be in good health and with adequate donor density. This means that there should be enough hair from the donor area because the backsides of the scalp can provide very little hair for FUE.
Age is also a big factor, which means the patient has to get this procedure when the hair loss pattern has been stabilized. Young people are advised to follow other treatments for the meantime.
Men and women who are dealing with pattern baldness (Androgenetic Alopecia for the men, and Female Pattern Baldness for the women).
7. What are the three ways of performing FUE?
Dr. John Cole developed three different ways of performing FUE hair transplant.
1. The fully shaved technique – Patient has the whole head of head shaved to 1-2mm in length. This allows the surgical team to be able to carry out the operation with ease and also allows the patient to appreciate uniform growth of hair which starts 2-3 days after the surgery.
2. The partially shaved technique – Only the donor area where hair is extracted is shaved to aid the follicular unit extraction (FUE). The area remains coverable by the hair on top and below the surgery site.
3. The C2G technique – This is a non-shaving technique. Hair that is to be removed from the donor site is painstakingly trimmed by experienced staff one by one such that the majority of the hair remains untrimmed, giving it a natural look even after the surgery is complete.
We hope to bring in the PCID (Power Cole Isolation Device), an automated follicular unit extraction device invented by Dr Cole himself, into the clinic soon. This powerful machine offers unparalleled speed and precision in the extraction of follicular units at the donor site.
Among the three, the C2G is the most expensive because it paves the way for the patient to have the transplant without shaving a single hair strand for it, taking away the downtime that you need for the other two. It is the best option for those who do not want to change their appearance to the public after getting hair transplant done.
Dr. Tyng Tan has been trained to perform these techniques. The technique to be used will depend on the preference of the patient, taking into consideration the unique concern and issue on hair loss.
8. Why FUE over FUT?
No scars shall develop from the procedure, which makes it the best for those who have a history of keloids and thickened or stretched scars.
Recovery time is shorter because the small holes that are created for the FUE heals within a shorter period of time compared with the strip method used in FUT.
The patient shall not be forbidden to do strenuous activities, which is the case for FUT patients because their scars are prone to widening when the patient does strenuous exercises.
9. Will FUE leave scars?
Yes, but only a 1mm scab, which is expected to shed in a week or 2. It shall look like a small red dot which, depending on your body’s healing characteristics, may eventually match your skin tone, become white, or remain a little red.
10. Will I get fuller hair after FUE?
This depends on the pre-existing density of the donor area and the amount of hair that was involved. If too much hair was removed, it might have a patchy look. Generally speaking, it still depends on the individual characteristics of the patient.
11. What should be the post-operative regimen?
At this point, do not apply shower pressure on the head for 2 weeks and opt for the use of cups of warm soapy water to clean the head after the procedure.
Use only peroxide, alcohol, witch hazel, or tea tree oil to clean the blood and other infected areas. Once the scabs have shed, use aloe vera gel or spray as often as needed.
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DISCLAIMER: Dr Tyng Tan Aesthetics and Hair Clinic website provides general information about medical aesthetic treatments and procedures. It must be remembered that individual client’s circumstances may vary and each treatment may not be suitable for all.
Our website serves as basic information for clients and does not substitute a detailed and personal consultation with a practitioner.
MOH guidelines state that all registered clinics are not allowed to display before and after images on any media platforms. Photos can be seen at the time of consultation with the doctor. We suggest that you come in for a personal consultation so the doctor can assess your suitability for this technique.