Frequently Asked Questions About Hair Transplant in Singapore
As we age, some people will experience hair loss at some point in their lives despite all their efforts to prevent it from happening, which can be due to genetics and various medical conditions. Luckily, there are ways to treat hair loss with one of the ways being getting a hair transplant in Singapore.
If you are wondering what a hair transplant is, we’ll be sharing some of the frequently asked questions about hair transplants in Singapore.
What is a hair transplant?
A hair transplant is a surgical procedure whereby a doctor moves follicular units of hair from one part of the scalp to another. This procedure can be performed on people who have hair loss or baldness.
When it comes to the procedure, the surgery generally involves moving healthy, natural hair follicles from one part of the head to the other. The donor area is where the person has a lot of hair, and the recipient area is where they want more hair.
How does a hair transplant work?
During the surgical procedure, the surgeon will remove hair follicles from a dense area of the scalp, such as the back of the head, which is generally referred to as the donor site. Then, they will implant the hair follicles into tiny slits on the recipient area.
There are two main types of hair transplant:
Follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS)
This type of hair transplant involves removing a strip of skin from the donor area and closing the incision with stitches. A microscope is then used to separate the donor skin into tiny follicular units that contain one or several hair follicles. The follicular units are then inserted into the desired treatment area.
Follicular unit extraction (FUE)
Different from FUSS, FUE involves using a tiny punch tool to remove the hair follicles from the donor area. This procedure will lead to some scarring, but it will be less noticeable, and usually doesn’t require stitches.
A hair transplant procedure can take several hours or more, depending on how many follicles the surgeon implants. Both the procedures above will require a local anaesthetic to ensure the utmost comfort during the surgery.
Usually, a person can go home on the day of the treatment, but the stitches from a follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS) can only be removed 10 days after the surgery. Several sessions months apart are likely required to achieve a full head of hair while allowing each transplant to fully heal.
Does the hair transplant leave scars?
There is a risk of scarring in both the donor and recipient areas. Hence, you should discuss this with your surgeon before proceeding with the surgery.
For instance, the FUSS method usually leaves a long linear scar where the surgeon removed a strip of the scalp. This will be camouflaged as the new hair grows around it or become visible if it widens during healing, the surrounding hair is thin, or the person often sports a short hairstyle.
The FUE method may also leave some scars in the area where the punch tool is used to remove the hair follicles. However, these scars are less visible than the ones from FUSS. In some cases, a person may have raised bumps around the hair transplant. As it grows back, the hair can help to hide the bumps.
How many days to fully recover and see the results?
The time taken to fully recover from a hair transplant will vary from individual to individual. Your scalp might feel tender or painful to the touch after the surgery. Your doctor will prescribe a series of pain medications and the affected areas of your scalp will be bandaged for a few days.
In some cases, the doctor may prescribe antibiotics or anti-inflammatories to prevent swelling or infection from occurring. Most people are able to return to work 2 to 5 days after the surgery.
Within 2 to 3 weeks after the surgery, the transplanted hair will fall out and you will notice new growth within a few months. In most cases, people who had a hair transplant will experience noticeable hair growth after 6 to 9 months.
How much does a hair transplant costs?
Hair transplant in Singapore generally costs around $6,000 to $20,000 if the procedure is performed by a team of professionals led by a doctor. Alternatively, you can opt for non-surgical hair replacement to cover up your bald spot which is an affordable and quick solution to your hair loss.
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