According to doctorxdentist, Hair dermatologists are the people that you should look for if you are suffering from any hair problems such as hair loss. They will help you to diagnose the problem that you are facing, and also provide solutions and hair treatment methods to solve your hair problems. How effective are they? Lets check it out.
There are many hair problems that you can possibly face in your life, and each different hair problem requires its own unique solution. This can definitely be a pain, as hair is something that many women base their confidence on. A healthy head of hair can definitely make you feel better and more confident to tackle the world, but unfortunately, many continue to suffer from multiple hair problems. These are a few common hair problems that are faced by many women in Singapore (some of these hair problems are collated from haircare.com.sg):
There are many hair dermatologists are established and well known in Singapore, so here is a summary of the 8 we found and the treatments that they provide. Hope it can shed light for you on making an informed choice on the pros and cons when deciding on which to go for.
Bee Choo Ladies is a recognised household brand in Singapore, and has been established since 2000. Their founder, Madam Cheah Bee Chew and her brand has won numerous accolades from Singapore Agencies. We have also been consistently voted as the best hair loss treatment salon in Singapore for more than 6 years from the Global Business Magazine.
If you are suffering from hair or scalp problems, Bee Choo Ladies’ 100% natural, safe and highly effective herbal hair treatment will leave you walking out with a healthier scalp. Our treatment utilises natural herbs made from a combination of Chuan Xiong, Ginseng, Dang Gui, He Shou Wu and Ling Zhi, which are extracted using modern advanced technology.
With over 18 years of experience in the hair loss treatment industry, we are able to boast a 98.9% satisfaction from our customers at our ladies outlet. We provide customized treatment based on your hair type, scalp conditions and individual requirements.
Bee Choo Ladies is unlike other salons, as we specifically cater to women. We provide a healthier and safer choice for your hair that is free from any harsh chemicals or synthetic ingredients, which is great news for all of you out there who are skeptical of putting all these foreign synthetic products on your scalp and hair. We are also hajib friendly, and provide privacy zones for women when they are getting their hair done.
The prices here will vary depending on the type of treatment provided and the length of your hair. However, for our herbal hair treatment, we charge a minimum of $41 and a maximum of $69. Unlike some other hair treatment places, there are strictly no hidden charges here at Bee Choo Ladies!
So what are you waiting for— Bee Choo Ladies will provide an effective treatment to your hair loss problems, is non-invasive, free from pain and is definitely one of the most affordable options in Singapore. If you are suffering from any problems with your hair or scalp, head down to Bee Choo Ladies, and leave our salon with your confidence restored!
Bee Choo Ladies has received massive amount of 5 stars ratings on their Google Business Page and Facebook Page. Many customers will vouch for the effectiveness of the treatment. What customers like most about Bee Choo Ladies is their service and non-hard selling services. Only downside is the waiting time, due to the popularity, at times the therapists might not be able to attend to you immediately even though you have an appointment.
Ashley & Martin is a medical hair centre line that has its origins in Australia. It has been operating since 1964, and has expanded to other countries such as New Zealand and Singapore. The centre specialises in the treatment of hair loss, and they claim to have a 98% success rate with the hair loss cases that they have treated.
Ashley & Martin offers a variety of different programmes for those at different stages of hair loss. This ranges from those who are at the early stages of hair loss to those suffering from the final stages of baldness.
For those suffering from the early stages of hair loss, Ashley & Martin offers a program known as RealGROWTH®. On their website, they claim that clinical trials conducted by a leading dermatologist showed that more than 98% of hair loss patients regrew an average of 113% more hair. The RealGROWTH® program involves the use of a range of special cleansing products, medication, supplements and therapeutic treatments. This combination claims to block the production of dihydro-testosterone, and to protect cells from this hormone.
It also claims to reactivate hair roots that are tired, and to promote the natural regrowth of hair. Specifically, for women, the RealGROWTH® hair loss treatment involves the diagnosis of your condition via blood tests done by the doctors at Ashley & Martin, and treatment can also involve the prescription of Anti-Androgen, which is something that is used to control the hormones in your body that can be involved in female hair loss.
Ashley & Martin also offers Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT). The utilise a cap device known as LaserPro Plus. The LaserPro Plus has 272 laser diodes inside a hat, and is to be used for 3o minutes every other day. LLLT involves the use of infra-red laser beams to decrease the level of inflammation, increase blood flow to the scalp and hence stimulate hair growth. LLLT is used to treat androgenetic alopecia, also known as male or female pattern baldness.
This condition is genetic in nature and is the most common form of hair loss. Those who suffer from androgenetic alopecia have a gene that increases their sensitivity to the effects of the hormone dihydrotestosterone. This hormone can accumulate in the inner roots of the follicles, causing them to decrease in size. The follicles then become completely dormant. When this happens, hair growth will come to a halt completely.
There are three stages of hair growth—anagen (the growth stage), catagen (the transition stage), and telogen (the stage where the hair follicles become dormant and hair sheds). LLLT works by stimulating the hair follicles to shift into the anagen growth stage. LLLT involves the use of a light that produces a specific wavelength. This can be absorbed by the hair follicles and stimulates the epidermal stem cells.
These cells are key to the regeneration of hair follicles. With an increase in the blood flow to the hair follicles, more nutrients and oxygen can be delivered to them. This allows the metabolic processes required for hair growth to be sped up, hence preventing the dihydrotestosterone hormone from being built up in your hair follicles.
However, LLLT is limited in its effect and is not the solution to all hair problems. LLLT is usually more effective at treating weaker and thinner hair follicles by making them stronger and healthier. However, it will only work if there is an active hair follicle present. It cannot work and help with your hair loss problems if the hair follicles are already dead. LLLT also still remains controversial amongst those who offer such treatment for hair loss, with many unable to agree on which settings are the most optimal for treating hair loss, and definitely also comes with a hefty price tag.
For those who are experiencing advanced hair loss, Ashley & Martin offers their RealHAIR® treatment. The RealHAIR®single follicle transfer technique involves the insertion of each follicles of hair individually. Each follicle is harvested from the back and the sides of your scalp, and are then transplanted to the areas where you are suffering from hair loss. Since this is an invasive surgical procedure, the clinic itself has warned that this treatment carries a certain amount of risk, and advices patients to get a second opinion from another qualified health practitioner before going for this treatment.
For those who are suffering from the final stages of baldness, Ashley & Martin offers a package known as RealLOOK®. This is a hair replacement option involving the design of a custom hair system for you. However, this merely hides the problem that you are experiencing, and does not do anything to treat the hair loss condition that you are suffering from.
Despite the claims of the efficacy of their treatments, Ashley & Martin might not be the place to go to looking at the reviews given by those who have tried their treatment plans. Those who tried these treatment plans have voiced their displeasure with the clinic, stating that they are “ripping you off” by charging higher prices for hair loss treatments that can be purchased alternatively.
Reviewers also claim that the staff at the clinic employ hard selling techniques for their Lasercomb by claiming that they are selling it at a bargain price. While the clinic offers clinical treatments such as hair transplantation, reviewers also claim that they only had a single doctor between three offices in Australia who was “only available at obscure times that suited him”. The transplant treatment option was also cited as a wrong decision made as it ended up being a failure. You may read more on these online forums: (http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/1963893,
At Assurance, the clinic provides a number of treatment options for those who are suffering from hair loss. This includes topical treatment, which involves the application of medication to the balding areas to treat hair loss. For such treatment, the clinic estimates that it will take 1 to 2 years for the patients to see any tangible results.
They also offer oral treatments such as finasteride and anti-androgen. Injection treatment is also offered, and is often used as the first line of treatment for patients suffering from alopecia areata. Besides that, the clinic also provides hair transplantation as a surgical solution to hair loss. The hair transplantation has to be supported by concurrent topical and oral medication as it does not bring an end to the underlying problem causing the hair loss problems that patients are facing.
However, the use of oral medication that is not naturally derived often comes with its own range of undesirable side effects, and can be potentially damaging to your health. After all, these are chemicals that you will be putting into your bodies, and is definitely not part of a normal, healthy diet.
It is important to note that one of the oral treatments offered by Assurance—finasteride, is not suitable for consumption by women. Finasteride is a drug that should never be ingested by women. Especially if you are pregnant, this drug can also cause severe birth defects in your child, and you should never even come into contact with this drug when you are pregnant. Since it can be absorbed through your skin, even mere contact with these tablets can cause severe and irreparable damage.
If you are taking anti-androgen medication to treat your hair loss problems, they come with their own set of problems too. Those who consume these medicines regularly report changes in their mood and cognitive abilities. Anti-androgens are linked to increased depression rates, and if you are already feeling down or unconfident from your hair loss problems, you definitely do not want anything else bringing down your mood and making you feel worse about yourself.
Besides that, according to a study in the Deutsches Arzteblatt International, the consumption of anti-androgen medication results in impaired cognitive functions in approximately half of the patients under such medication. Besides that, muscle mass and strength is also something that can be affected by the consumption of anti-androgen medication—definitely a downer for those of you out there who love working out and keeping fit and strong.
You definitely do not want all your hard work in the gym being wasted simply because you are on this course of medication for your hair loss problems. Around half of all patients under anti-androgen medication also report a loss of libido.
Other common side effects of this drug includes nausea, constipation, diarrhea, lack of appetite, insomnia, dizziness, headache, chest pains, difficulties in breathing, abdominal pain and yellowing of the eyes and skin. These side effects can be potentially very serious and might even require immediate medical attention if you react badly to these medicines.
The hair transplantation option is also highly problematic. Being a surgical procedure, it definitely comes at a higher cost. Since hair transplantation is not merely a scientific procedure but also requires a degree of skill and experience to ensure that the final outcome is one that gives you a natural look, the success of the hair transplantation procedure hinges greatly on the skill of the person who is performing the transplant on you.
Good hair specialists that are highly experienced in hair transplantation procedures are hard to come by, and even after paying a hefty sum for your treatment, you might still not be able to achieve that natural and full hairline that you want to get. Hair transplantation surgery is also only the start of your hair loss recovery journey, and the effort that you will have to put in to ensure that your hair loss problems are kept at bay does not stop once the procedure is over.
Consistent effort on your part and medical treatment will have to be administered after the hair transplantation procedure to ensure that the transplanted hair continues to grow well and that the entire hair loss cycle that you have been experiencing does not simply repeat itself over and over again. Any form of surgery and invasive treatment will come with its risks, and hair transplantation surgery is not an exception to that.
The procedure can come with bleeding, infection, swelling, poor healing of the wound and haemorrhage. In situations where the surgery does not go as planned, further revision surgeries will also be needed, resulting in your body going through multiple sessions of stress and also leaving your wallet feeling emptier than before.
Hair transplantation is also a procedure that might not be suited for everyone. If you have bleeding or blood clotting disorders, are on blood thinning medication, are suffering from an active bacterial or viral infection, are currently experiencing any kind of skin condition or have any other systemic conditions, hair transplantation is definitely not an option for you.
It is of upmost importance that you stay away from hair transplantation treatments if you fall into any of these categories listed, as it can result in severe and irreversible damage to your health and well-being.
Not much reviews can be found through our research. Which means it can be bad experiences not reported or clients simply do not praise the treatment, which is rare in today’s environment. Go at your own risk!
Svenson is a hair centre line that first opened in London in 1956. Over the 60 odd years of their operation, they have since branched out to other countries, and have opened hair centres through Asia. Specifically, they currently have centres located in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, and Singapore.
While they provide a very comprehensive list if different kinds of treatments for different types of hair loss, we will be focusing on the hair loss treatments specifically designed for feminine hair loss that they offer. Svenson offers a treatment known as the Feminine Hair Loss Control Treatment that is designed to counter female hair loss that can be attributed to imbalances in their hormone levels or oxidative stresses.
The treatment also claims to rejuvenate the roots of the hair, provide anti-aging properties to the scalp and strengthen hair when regularly done. The key technology used in their Feminine Hair Loss Control Treatment includes the use of vitamin B3, also more commonly known as niacinamide. This increases the microcirculation in the scalp and also enhances the production of keratin on the hair strands. Scalp inflammation is also better managed.
This promotes the thickening of the strands of hair on your head and also nourishes the roots of the hair. Sea plankton extract is used to increase the growth and length of hair, and also to increased cell renewal rates on the scalp, enhancing the effect of the other active ingredients that are present.
Wild yam is also used in their treatment, which is known to be rich in vitamin A. Vitamin A helps the maintenance of healthy hair renewal and the hydro-lipidic balance of the scalp, keeping hair smoother and less prone to breakage. Pueraria mirifica root extract is added to the mix as well to strength hair and to protect your hair against premature aging.
For those patients who are suffering from severe hair loss, Svenson also offers a form of stem cell therapy, which is known as the Svenson’s Stem Plus Therapy. This therapy method involves the use of stem extracts from adipose tissue. Bio-engineered complexes such as Copper Peptides are used to deliver the nutrients to the follicles of your hair.
This treatment claims to increase the size of the hair follicles, restore the blood supply to the follicles that are damages and are not receiving sufficient nutrients and also stimulate the synthesis of melanin to guard against greying of the hair. The formula used also purports to inhibit 5-α reductase.
This enzyme then stops the formation of DHT (Dihydrotestosterone), which is an enzyme that causes hair loss. The key ingredients that are used in this treatment are adipose derived media extract and copper tripeptides. Adipose, or fat tissue, provides a ready supply of stem cells.
A specific extract from the adipose stem cell that contains concentrated growth factors is used in the treatment. This claims to have the ability to promote the differentiation of the cells in the scalp. The copper tripeptides that are used are claimed to be able to increase the size of the hair follicles and also improve blood supply to hair follicles that are currently damaged.
While all this talk about stem cells might seem incredibly advanced and cool, stem cell therapy is a recent discovery in its use to treat hair loss. Hence, there is much that we still do not know about it. Doctors still do not completely understand the effects of such therapy, and the potential long term side effects of stem cell use in these treatments remains unknown.
Stem cell treatments can also result in a compromised immune system as well as promote the growth of benign tumors. These tumors are more dangerous than they sound, as while they might be initially benign, they can definitely evolve to become malignant at any point of time.
Despite the lofty claims that Svenson makes about their hair loss treatments, many customers claim that they do not work. A customer who has been receiving treatment at Svenson for 2 years for their hair weaving treatment claims that the treatment did not work. She also claims that the centre is more interested in money, “promising you out-of-this-world results, inducing you to rely on their products which do not work, making you feel terrible at every visit, and trying ridiculous procedures and moving on to the next. You are like a lab mouse”. She was clearly dissatisfied with the treatment she received at Svenson, even saying that she did not want anyone else to be “cheated by this unethical company which is a nothing more than an established con house”. (http://www.expat.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=24178#190732)
Another customer also claims that the hair treatment procedure that she received at Svensons were useless, and that they employed a MLM marketing style that forces customers to sign up for the treatments right on the spot. Svenson also does not provide a guarantee for the regrowth of hair after their treatments, and you will not be able to get anything back even if these treatments end up being of no use at all in improving the condition of your hair. (https://forum.lowyat.net/topic/525638?author=krgroup)
The lack of visible results from the hair treatment sessions provided by Svenson and the hard selling techniques that they employ is also vouched by another disgruntled customer.
Svenson treatments for hair loss is also extremely expensive, and signing up for their treatments can end up with you simply spending a lot of money that is eventually wasted without seeing tangible results and improvements to the condition of your hair. This customer for instance, spent a total of 85k on hair loss treatments at Svenson, and says that the result that he sees is not what he expected for the amount that he spent on getting these hair loss treatments done at Svenson. (https://www.pinoyexchange.com/discussion/619781/should-i-continue-my-svenson-treatment)
Besides that, Svenson also has a reputation for selling shampoo products that do not boast any medical properties at prices that are unreasonably high in their Taiwan branches. A few top employees at these branches were indicted on fraud charges for doing so. The customer who filed the lawsuit against the company spent more than NT$460,000 on Svenson’s products and courses, but wasted that money as he found they had had no impact on his hair loss. The prosecutors said they believed the company might have committed fraud. (http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2012/05/01/2003531722)
These less than positive stories are a warning sign that Svenson might not be the best place to receive treatments for your hair loss problems, and this controversy certainly casts doubts on the integrity of the company and the efficacy of their hair loss treatment packages. The high cost of the hair loss treatment packages at Svenson makes it a huge investment, and you will definitely feel a pinch (as many previous customers have) if these treatments end up being completely useless at improving the hair loss condition that you are suffering from.
Follicle Singapore is a hair centre that targets hair regrowth and provides treatments for those who are suffering from hair loss and hair thinning problems. They use a unique hair tissue mineral analysis service to diagnose the problems with your hair, and also provide treatments for greying hair using Stem Cell technologies. Follicle Singapore claims to use a scientific approach to target common hair problems to provide a sustainable solution to the patients who go for their treatments.
Besides the use of organic and hypoallergenic products, they also use stem cell technology and other combinations of treatments to promote the regrowth of hair on your scalp. Their signature service is the Meso Scalp Remedy service.
Follicle offers a 5 in 1 method for hair loss treatment, which involves:
At the start of the treatment process, Follicle Singapore performs a hair diagnosis on their patients. Hair samples are collected from the problem areas on your scalp and then sent to their partner laboratories for a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis Test (HTMA). The HTMA is a non-invasive pathology test that measures the levels and ratios of the nutrients and toxic minerals that are present in your hair.
It is utilised as a screening tool for preventative purposes. The reason why minerals are tested for is that they are essential for your growth, healing and overall wellbeing. Minerals provide the structural support in our bones and teeth, and are also involved in many basic bodily functions such as nerve activity, muscular contractions, energy production and other enzyme reactions that are vital for our survival.
Typically, one will get all of the minerals they require from having a well-balanced diet. This, however, is close to impossible for many today. Due to improvements in modern farming technology, along with the use of fertilisers and depletion of the soil, the mineral content in the foods that we consume is now greatly reduced.
Other factors such as pollution in the air, the use of chemical additives in our food and our fast paced and stressful lifestyles also have a negative effect on the mineral levels in our bodies. This is a cause for various health problems such as cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, migraines, learning difficulties and hyperactivity in children.
Follicle Singapore’s signature treatment for hair loss patients, their Meso Scalp Remedy treatment, is a medical based treatment that is specifically designed to target hair loss and hair thinning problems. They also claim that this treatment method is developed by certified doctors and is based on scientific research. The treatment process involves the use of a Bio-Ionic paddle to get a deep scalp cleanse.
Then, hair growth factors that are derived from Stem cells are applied to the problem areas. Stem cells are cells that are able to regenerate the other cells in the body. The treatment replenishes your scalp with the essential nutrients that it needs and then ends with a medical grade laser light therapy that aims to strengthen the hair roots on your scalp.
At the very end, you will be given a custom blended hair cleanse and professional hair styling will be done. Follicle Singapore claims that the Meso Scalp Remedy Treatment works by deep cleansing the scalp to remove any plaque and dead cells. By using a DHT blocker that is applied straight to the scalp, it can be cleared as much as possible. The stimulation of the scalp with the use of micro-needling techniques as well as stem cells along with laser therapy ultimately strengthens the hair follicles.
Finally, under their hair transplantation treatment, Follicle Singapore provides a 3 step solution. Firstly, they recommend the use of a combination of medication with anti-hair loss shampoo and serum to block DHT, identifying DHT as the most significant cause of hair loss problems that many are facing today.
They claim that this will reduce up to 56% of DHT production by the inhibition of the 5-alpha-reductase enzyme. Next, to nourish the scalp, they recommend a combination of three different treatments to give the scalp the nutrients that it requires. This involves the use of a Korean protocol of Scalp Stimulation using medical-grade ampoules, Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), and then Hair Supplementation using a product such as Viviscal Professional.
The final step is then the actual hair transplantation procedure. The specific hair transplantation procedure that Follicle employs is known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). This is a technique that is used for the extraction of hair. Each follicular unit is harvested individually from the scalp. The extraction is performed randomly over the scalp.
Typically, the procedure of a FUE session involves the hair at the donor site to the shaved short. The donor site will then be cleaned with the use of an antiseptic solution to make sure that it is clean and sterile, preventing infections from occurring. Local anesthetic is then used to numb the area to make the entire process more comfortable for the patient. A specialised pen for hair transplantation will then be used to extract each follicular unit one by one.
The harvested hair grafts will be stored in a solution that will preserve them for later use. Each hair graft will be observed under a high powered microscope to ensure that they are all suitable for use in the hair transplantation procedure. This examination will increase the chances of these grafts surviving once they have been transplanted to the recipient site as it ensures that only high quality grafts are eventually being used for the hair transplantation.
An implementation scheme will be specially designed for the recipient site, which details the angles, directions and distributions of the hair grafts to make sure that the desired look is achieved at the end. The hair grafts will then be implanted one by one to the recipient site.
However, these treatments offered at Follicle Singapore might not be your safest bet to get a healthy head of hair again. The problems that come with the use of oral medication such as finasteride and propecia have been elaborated above. The other drug that Follicle Singapore uses, minoxidil, also comes with its own slew of undesirable side effects. Burning, stinging or redness might be experienced at the site where this medication is applied.
Other serious side effects that can come with the use of this drug includes the growth of unwanted facial or body hair, dizziness, fast or irregular heartbeat, fainting, chest pain, swelling of the hands and feet, unusual weight gain, tiredness and difficulties in breathing.
Besides that, this drug is unsuitable for use for mothers who just had a child and are currently breastfeeding. Doing so will result in a risk to your newborn child as it is not known if this drug will be passed through breast milk. It is also not recommended for use during pregnancy and will not be suitable for expectant mothers.
The hair supplement that is prescribed, viviscal, also comes with its own list of unwanted side effects. Firstly, it can cause skeletal issues. This arises when you consume too much vitamin C, which is present in viviscal. This can slow down the rebuilding of your bones, increasing bone loss and the risk for osteoporosis. The supplement can also cause nausea, as it contains iron. Stomach irritation is a common problem with supplements containing iron, and the supplement has to be consumed along with food to avoid this problem.
This is also not suitable for those who are suffering from fish or shell fish allergies, as the main component of the supplement is AminoMar, which is a marine protein complex. Consuming this can result in a severe allergy attack that can end up with a visit to the emergency room.
The signature treatment at Follicle Singapore, mesotherapy, has also been labelled as an ineffective option for treating hair loss by Dr. William Lindsey, who is a member of the Coalition of Independent Hair Restoration Physicians (http://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/eve/135364-mesotherapy-good-hair-restoration.html#post2051979).
Besides their signature Meso Scalp Remedy service, Follicle Singapore also offers a list of other hair treatment options:
They have some reviews on google and facebook and you should definitely google more about them before trying their treatment for your own good.
Dr Tyng Tan Aesthetics and Hair Clinic is a clinic led by Dr Tan Tyng Yuan. Specifically, her interest lies in hair loss treatment, and she has trained overseas under Hair Restoration Surgeons both in Asia and in the USA in Hair Transplantation before opening he own clinic here in Singapore.
The clinic claims that Dr Tan is one of the few doctors approved by the Singapore Medical Council for the purposes of carrying our hair transplantation procedures, and the clinic offers both the Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) technique. Dr Tan is also personally trained by Dr John Cole, a pioneering doctor in the FUE technique, who heads the Cole Hair Transplant Group based in the USA.
For those who are looking for a surgical option to treat their hair loss problems, Dr Tyng Tan’s clinic offers hair transplantation treatment. This can be done either using the FUT method or the FUE method. FUT is known as strip harvesting, and involves the removal of a small strip of tissue from the very back of your head. Donor hair follicles will be extracted from this strip of tissues that was removed from your scalp. The hair follicles will then be transplanted one by one to the recipient areas.
FUT is typically used for patients who are suffering from advanced hair loss problems as it will allow the physician to make full use of the scalp area to obtain consistent results. The FUT procedure also usually allows a greater number of grafts to be transplanted per session when compared to the FUE procedure. FUE is another technique that is used for hair extraction.
The hair grafts that are extracted will be transplanted individually to the areas that are suffering from hair loss or hair thinning. Each follicular unit is harvested individually from the scalp, and is done randomly around the scalp. The precise number of follicles that are harvested can be controlled by the hair specialist, and the exact number of grafts required for the hair transplantation procedure can be removed from the donor site, making sure that they do not go wasted.
The highly specific nature of this procedure also means that the hair specialists will be able to control the density of the recipient site to make sure that the final look is one that is natural and one that you will be satisfied with.
Specifically, for the FUE technique, the clinic offers three different ways of performing it. These three different ways were developed by Dr John Cole. The first is the fully shaved technique, where the patient will have the entire head shaved to a hair length of 1-2mm in length. This method allows the hair specialists to carry out the entire operation with greater ease, and also allows the patient to experience a uniform growth of hair.
The second method is the partially shaved technique, where only the donor area where hair is being extracted from is shaved to aid the FUE process. This area can then be covered by the hair that the patient has on top and below the donor area once the procedure is complete.
Finally, there is the C2G technique, which does not involve shaving at all. Hair that is to be removed from the donor site is individually trimmed to make sure that the rest of the hair remains as it is, ensuring a more natural look after the procedure is carried out. The downside of this method is that it is the most expensive option, as it takes away the downtime that comes with the previous two options.
The clinic promotes the FUE hair transplantation method, where they will use a special punch device that has a diameter of about 0.6 to 0.9 mm. This is used for the extraction of the follicular units, minimising the formation of visible scars. The entire procedure is carried out with the use of a high powered microscope to allow greater precision. Local anesthetic is required under this procedure.
The price of the procedure is dependent on the severity of the hair loss that the patient is experiencing and the specific treatment that is chosen, but approximately, the final bill will be a hefty $6000 and above.
For those do not want to go through a surgical process to treat their hair loss problems, the clinic also offers an alternative treatment plan to treat and combat hair loss. This involves a combination of Low Lever Laser Therapy (LLT) with medications. This treatment option typically requires the patients to go for twenty minute sessions up to three times a week at the initial stages of the treatment, and later on, once a month for maintenance. Under the LLLT treatment, the patient will be positioned under a headpiece.
This headpiece is similar to the steamers that are used in hair salons. The lasers are fitted inside the headpiece, and is then directed over the head of the patient. The patient will then sit under the headpiece for a period of time while being supervised by the doctor. Some patients might experience a warm and tingling sensation on their scalp when they are undergoing such treatment.
Despite the claims of the clinic, it important to take note of the undesirable side effects that follow with the invasive surgical option of hair transplantation and the intake of medication for hair loss treatment. These negative side effects have been explained above. Besides that, the LLT treatment combined with prescribed medication for hair loss have been reviewed as being ineffective in helping patients to tackle their hair loss problems.
This patient of Dr Tyng Tan’s clinic, who counts his hair fall daily, claims that he has been taking the pills that were prescribed by Dr Tyng Tan, which includes Biotin, vit B complex and pantogar hair supplement. Besides that, he also spent a total of $5000 on the LLt treatment at the clinic. However, despite these efforts and money spent, he experienced “no improvement at all”. (https://www.kiasuparents.com/kiasu/forum/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=6982&start=160#p1291148)
Glower has been established in Singapore since 1986, They use the expertise of tricologists who specialse in diagnosing and treating both hair and scalp problems. The utilise a combination of Chinese herbs, European Herbs, Multi-vitamins, Light Therapy, Ozone Therapy and Restorative Massage techniques to form a treatment regime for their patients. Glower also claims that their tricologists have obtained their qualifications from the Asian Society of Trichology or the International Association of Trichologists and have with them a combined experience of more than 46 years, making them leading hair and scalp specialists.
At Glower, the first Tricholological Consultation is free. In the consultation, the tricologist will take a scalp analysis with the use of a microscopic hair and scalp camera. This allows the hair to be magnified up to 300 times. Polarised light optics will allow the tricologists to conduct deep analysis and study both the scalp and a few millimetres under the scalp. Glower also claims that their range of products are made out of extracts from natural plants, which contains proteins that can nourish the scalp and hence preventing multiple hair disorders. Glower also utilises massage as a form of therapy for the hair and scalp.
They claim that these massages are beneficial for muscle toning, increased blood circulation and the enlivening of sensory nerve endings. Their hair and scalp treatments are formulated with the aims of: Cleanse and Control, Manageability and Texturing, Repair and Replenish, Maintain and Protect, Repair and Remoisturise, Restore and Rejuvenate. Besides the typical hair treatment services, they also provide hair dressing services such as cutting, washing, colouring and styling of hair.
However, the reviews for Glower have been less than satisfactory A patient who went for the hair treatment procedure at Glower recommended for others to not to go to Glower for their hair treatment as they are “very dishonest” and that she felt that she was cheated.
During the consultation, she was recommended the $6800 package that consisted of 30 sessions. She was reluctant to sign up for the package, but the staff at Glower told her to go inside the room and arranged someone to do the treatment for her. Despite her persistent efforts to enquire about the price of the treatment, the staff at Glower refused to give it to her until the treatment started.
During the treatment, the staff then finally told her that it was $229 for the treatment. This unfortunate experience resulted in her stating that she “will never step into Glower again”. Another reviewer also claims that “it’s just horrible” to go to Glower, claiming that it is expensive and that he experienced more hair loss from their treatment. This reviewer claims that he wasted $4000 simply to wash his scalp.
The Glower staff also wanted him to sign up for the $6800 package that comes with 30 sessions but he opted for the 20 session package instead. The Glower staff then promised to review his condition on the 7th visit and told him that if the condition gets better, they will change the treatment to the re-growing of hair.
However, at his 15th visit, the Glower staff still refused to do so. He claims that they are “a bunch of cheater[s]” and “is ready to suck as dry”, warning others not to fall for it. He also claims that the staff there cannot recommend any products and will not show you the price of them. Instead, they will scare you by telling you about the severity of your problem and then ask you to sign up for their treatment. (http://forums.keeptouch.net/archive/index.php/t-91412.html)
Philip Kingsley is an international brand that has clinics worldwide, such as in London and New York. They claim to adopt a holistic approach to hair care, and will take into account what your hair needs from the inside as well as from the outside. They claim to have more than a 100 years of collective experience in treating hair problems, offering treatment for serious hair and scalp conditions, including genetic and nutritional related hair loss, alopecia areata and scarring alopecia to psoriasis, neurodermatitis and severe scaling and flaking of the scalp. The clinic also claims that they will take into account both your medical history and diet to address the underlying factors to your hair problems.
The hair and scalp treatments that they offer last around an hour and involves a 10 minute head and neck massage. In each treatment session, patients can expect to undergo procedures such as the application of scalp and hair creams, massage to the scalp, infra-red, radiant heat or ultra violet light therapy. Blood tests might also be carried out to further examine the problems that you are facing.
Specifically, for those suffering from hair loss problems, the clinic recommends their TRICHOTHERAPY® Regime. This is a three step process is claimed to be designed to provide lasting benefits to the hair and scalp as well as increased volume, conditioning, shine and fullness of the hair. The clinic also claims that in user trials 79% of women found their hair fuller and thicker after 12 weeks.
Under this three step regime, the first step is the use of Tricho Pro, which is their volumising hair spray. The clinic claims that this hair density formula helps to reduce hair loss that is caused by breakage of weak hair when it is being combed. It claims to improve shine, fullness, cuticle integrity and strength of the hair.
It contains the following key ingredients: organic quinoa protein, Oligoquat M, green tea extract, polymide-1 and panthenol. It is supposed to be applied daily to towel dried hair after a shower, and is to be worked from the ends of the hair up to the roots. The next step is the use of Tricho 7, their volumising hair and scalp treatment.
This contains a combination of 7 ingredients that is rich in antioxidants and has soothing and environmental protection properties. It also claims to give the hair the appearance of more volume. This product contains B6, zinc sulphate, azelaic acid, escalol, methyl nicotinate, piroctone olamine and green tea extract. It is to be applied daily on the crown and front area of the scalp daily.
The last step is the use of Tricho Complex, which is a food supplement. The clinic claims that the supplement contains a mix of vitamins and minerals such as essential amino acids L-Lysine and Methionine, Iron, Vitamins D3, C & B12, Zinc, Biotin and Copper. Two tablets of this food supplement have to be taken with food every day at the start. After 4 months, one tablet is to be consumed daily instead.
Despite its history and being an international brand, customers of this clinic in Singapore have expressed their discontent with their services. This customer claims to have been to Philip Kingsley Trichologists, but found that their products were only good in the short term, and that the treatments are only good if you continue to visit the clinic regularly. She also claims that the treatment is very expensive, and that they do not include shampooing and conditioning. (https://singaporebrides.com/weddingforum/threads/balding-soon-help.1806/#post-855974)
In summary, if you are looking for an effective yet affordable or cheap hair treatment, give yourself a try at Bee Choo Ladies. No packages, no hard sell, only transparent pricing. Pay only for your one-time treatment, ala carte style. See the effectiveness yourself. 🙂