Almost everyone in Singapore deals with hair loss — on average, we lose about 100 to 150 strands of hair per day. That’s normal. However, any increase in the amount of hair loss over time is considered worrying. For instance, if you drop 40 strands of hair now whenever you brush your hair compared to just 10 strands in the past, then you should probably monitor and keep a lookout.
There are several causes of hair loss, with the most common being genetics, aging, illness, poor diet, hormones and stress. Male and females also experience hair loss differently; male pattern hair loss can result in balding from a condition known as Androgenetic Alopecia, while female pattern hair loss causes generalised thinning of hair also from Androgenetic Alopecia.
The good news is that all hair loss is not permanent and there are treatment options available. In Singapore, hair loss treatments are generally found at two different sorts of clinics — generic aesthetic ones and ones that specialise in hair loss. Apart from medication for some cases, hair loss is usually treated with non-invasive Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) which is purportedly more effective but does not truly guarantee results. How a patient responds to LLLT depends on the condition of their follicles.
New and interesting hair loss treatments in Singapore include Regenera Active, an injectable procedure that involves stem cells and growth hormones. Yet, the effectiveness of results largely depends on the patient. Currently, the only real and effective method for hair loss treatment is FUE & FUT hair transplant, which is a highly expensive plastic surgery method that aesthetic clinics largely do not offer. However, hair transplants are usually only recommended as a last resort if all other treatment methods fail.
If you’re looking to gain back your long lost hair, here are three hair loss treatment clinics to start with.
Dr Isaac Wong
Dr Isaac Wong is arguably one of Singapore’s most prominent aesthetic doctors, with his large following on social media and personal website he regularly updates with educational articles. Dr Wong is the founder of Artisan Clinic, an acclaimed aesthetic clinic in Singapore well known for having a variety of hair loss solutions. The clinic offers low level laser therapy, which currently has 5 stars on their website. Through this treatment program, patients attend up to 6 treatments to achieve thicker and fuller hair.
However, Artisan’s signature hair loss treatment is notably the Artisan Hair Regrowth Treatment, an in-clinic injection hair loss treatment in Singapore done onto the hair and scalp. It uses an advanced machine called the La Raccine Automated Dermal Hydrator to inject serum into the scalp. Specially formulated by Dr Wong himself, this serum stimulates hair growth and reduces the damage caused by hair loss.
While this treatment is done over a period of months, most patients with moderate to severe hair loss will regain a full head of hair. Again, most and not all patients will benefit from this hair loss system depending on the patient’s condition. However, before and after pictures by Dr Wong show pretty promising results — while the patients do not exactly have luscious Hollywood standard hair, their bald spots are significantly reduced with more hair strands.
Otherwise, a hair transplant is also available at Artisan, done under general anesthesia. However, not everyone is a suitable candidate and Dr Wong will assess your condition and determine if you need one.
Hair loss treatment is a tricky subject in Singapore with no guarantee and one size fits all approach, but Dr Wong’s credibility and dedication is what will make your journey more assuring. In fact, his patients often message him personally to thank him — this goes to show how comfortable they are with him!
Artisan Clinic is comfortably situated at Paragon Medical Suites, where an array of clinics are located. However, Artisan stands out with its elegant and posh interior as well as comfortable warm lighting. We were served hot tea in the waiting area and the clinic staff were welcoming too. Overall with its professional services and pleasant ambience, Artisan might be the place for you to do your hair loss treatments comfortably.
Clinic website: https://artisanclinic.sg
Address: 290 Orchard Road, Paragon Medical Suites #07-01, Singapore 238859
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 9am-7pm, Sat: 9am-3pm
Contact number: +65 8879 7887
Dr Joshua Chong
Dr Joshua Chong is the hair doctor of Singapore. He comes from a scientific background, with a keen interest in regenerative and anti-aging medicine, which thus led to him specialising in hair loss and hair restoration. His clinic, Terra Medical Hair and Aesthetic Clinic, is the first in Singapore to launch Regenera Active, a new no effects scalp treatment that helps with hair growth and thickening. The clinic has also completed the most Regenera Active cases to date.
Terra Medical boasts 4.5 stars on Google Business Listing, and patients who have seeked hair loss treatments with Dr Chong leave satisfied and glowing reviews!
Here, Dr Chong walks through the Regenera Active process from start to finish. He performs every step meticulously, especially when shaving down to skin to extract hair and skin grafts. This step is of crucial importance to a successful procedure as if done wrongly can lead to deep punctures, unsightly scarring or a low concentration of cells.
For scalp health, Dr Chong recommends the Terra Sculpbooster, a specially concocted cosmoceutical paired with superior cell membrane technology. The application of this one of a kind formulated serum is further aided as Dr Chong applies a mild electric current across your skin to open up channels for better serum penetration.
Terra Clinic also offers natural solutions like Nutrafol, a clinically tested and USA-made hair supplement that targets non-genetic hair loss; and The Golden Ratio, a specially formulated shampoo by Dr Chong. Terra Clinic is also the only clinic in Singapore to carry Nutrafol.
Yina’s partner, KL, was suffering from hair loss for the longest time. Despite being only 34, he had a huge balding patch due to male pattern hair loss. After spending thousands of dollars on several hair loss treatments that yielded no results, he decided to do a hair loss transplant with Terra Medical. Just five months post-surgery, there is a huge appearance in KL’s hair, especially at the crown.
Terra Medical Hair and Aesthetic Clinic
Terra Medical Clinic, conveniently located at Scotts Medical Centre, has a colour palette that’s a lot more vibrant compared to Artisan. Earthy hues of blue and purple envelope the clinic, with plants that reflect Dr Chong’s love for nature and the ocean. In fact, the clinic’s welcoming environment would be a good place to chill out before your consultations.
Clinic website: https://terramedical.sg
Address: 9 Scotts Road #11-03 Scotts Medical Centre, Pacific Plaza, 228210
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 10am-8pm
Contact: 6909 0927
Dr Alvin Wong
Dr Alvin Wong is the founder of SKN MediAesthetics, one of the first aesthetic clinics in Singapore. While his area of interest lies in body sculpting procedures, Dr Wong is equally adept at hair loss treatments and is highly informed about what modern Singaporeans want.
In an interview with Marie France Asia, Dr Wong shared that when first confronted with hair loss, some things to identify are the pattern of hair loss, how rapid the onset is and triggers like stress. He also revealed that instead of reaching out for hair loss treatments immediately, try over the counter remedies for six months first. This approach reflects Dr Wong’s understanding of hair loss treatments, especially knowing that hair loss can be caused by multiple factors and results of treatment highly differ for each individual. Every hair loss consultation with Dr Wong will involve identifying various factors that contribute to your condition, and from there, he will recommend an appropriate hair loss treatment.
SKN MediAesthetics’ signature Revage Hair Loss Laser Treatment uses the original, made in Sweden Apira Revage 670nm Laser. This laser has the most research papers showing the benefits of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) to help bio-stimulate the scalp into growing hair. For patients whose hair follicles are completely dead, Dr Wong might recommend hair transplantation with micro grafts instead.
For general hair health, Dr Wong recommends maintaining a well balanced diet coupled with avoiding hair treatments that excessively stress the hair and scalp, as well as hairstyles that apply pressure on the roots such as braids.
While SKN MediAesthetics might not appear to have the same grandeur as Terra Medical and Artisan Clinic, they make up for it by having high tech treatment machines and comfortable treatment rooms. For those who prefer to stick with familiar names and safe tried and tested clinics, SKN MediAesthetics might be the clinic for you.
Clinic website: https://skn.com.sg
Address: CENTREPOINT Shopping Centre, #03-21, 176 Orchard Road
PARKWAY PARADE Shopping Centre, #05-01, 80 Marine Parade Road
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 10.30am-8.30pm
Contact: 6732 7658 (Centrepoint), 6440 3789 (Parkway)