hair loss treatment

Hair Loss Treatment

Are you gradually losing more hair coupled with hair thinning?

Early intervention will lead to hair regrowth and maintenance of healthy hair.

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Female pattern hair loss is the most common type of hair loss in females.

OUR APPROACH

HOW DR.NG TREATS HAIR LOSS

Early hair loss treatment is essential to prevent worsening of your condition. Male and female pattern hair loss is one of the most common hair loss problems in clinical practice. It is characterised by distinct patterns of hair loss in men and women. Hair loss that is progressive can affect your confidence. With over a decade of experience treating both male and female hair loss, Dr Ng. will help you diagnose and customise a treatment plan to help you restore and maintain your hair.

Why hair loss treatment matters

Hair loss more than normal can be frustrating and perplexing. We normally lose an average of 100 scalp hairs per day. Each hair follicle undergoes a cycle of growth, rest and shedding. The human hair cycle duration differs with location on the human body. For example, the growth phase on human scalp hair may take 1-5 years.

While having hair is important in mammals to keep warm, to humans, it carries a deeper meaning. Hair loss is not something most of us take lightly, as we use hair to express ourselves, and communicate our unique personalities to our friends and the opposite sex. Alopecia is a medical term used to describe hair loss, and in some of the cases, it may reflect an underlying medical condition or recent stress to the body.

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Stages of human hair cycle

Does hair loss affect social impression?

It has been well documented and studied across many populations that hair loss leads to increased stress levels, anxiety and depression. It can affect one’s self image, self esteem and relationships. The ability to style your hair in the morning, or even throughout the day is something most of us would take for granted. Having a healthy head of hair gives one the perception of attractiveness, drive, confidence and vitality.

When you lose hair, it is not only how you view yourself that is important, it can also influence people’s impression of you. In studies comparing initial images of balding men to non-balding men, balding men were rated as less attractive, older, less likeable and less sexually attractive.

 

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Common signs and symptoms of hair loss

What is Male or Female Pattern Hair Loss?

Androgenetic alopecia is the most common cause of alopecia in both men and women. It is a non-scarring form of hair loss characterised by progressive miniaturisation of your hair follicles with a pattern distribution. The gradual loss and thinning of hair over the years is due to the effects of androgen (a hormone) and genetic influence. Often, there may be someone in the family that shares the same problem.

In males, it often starts after puberty, and the pattern of hair loss on the scalp involves the front, temples and vertex. For females, the condition starts later, and loss of hair in the frontal and mid regions of the scalp is the most common pattern seen. Testosterone levels in females should be checked if there are accompanying acne, facial hair and irregular menses, as it may indicate an underlying medical condition such as polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Hair Loss Myths Debunked

  • Poor Diet contributes to hair loss False. There is no current evidence to support this. Male and female pattern hair loss is a polygenetic condition.
  • Low Testosterone levels in MenFalse. Testosterone levels in men with  hair loss is mostly normal. Male pattern hair loss is due to higher levels of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is a breakdown product of testosterone.
  • Balding means CancerFalse. There is no current evidence linking pattern hair loss to cancer in both men and women.
  • Hair dryers damage hair follicles – False. Although too much heat can damage the hair shaft, the hair follicles remain intact.
  • Hair sprays, wax and gels causes balding – False. The hair follicles are not affected when using these hair products.
  • Balding starts only in mid ageFalse. The progression of hair loss is a slow process. In males, it often starts after puberty, and becomes more obvious with age. A lot of patients that we see are in their late teens to early twenties.

Male Pattern Hair Loss

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Male Pattern Hair Loss
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Norwood Classification
Male Pattern Hair Loss Treatment

Approved treatments:

  • Topical Minoxidil 5%
  • Oral finasteride 1mg

Potential Off-label treatments:

  • Oral Dutasteride 
  • Topical finasteride
  • Latanoprost solution
  • Ketoconazole shampoo

Female Pattern Hair Loss

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Female Pattern Hair Loss
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Ludwig Scale for Female pattern hair loss
Female Pattern Hair Loss Treatment

Approved treatment:

  • Topical Minoxidil 2-5%

Potential Off-label treatments:

  • Oral Spironolactone
  • Cyproterone acetate
  • Latanoprost solution
  • Ketoconazole shampoo

Frequently Asked Questions About Hair Loss

There are several treatments for hair loss, including medications like minoxidil and finasteride, hair transplantation surgery, low-level laser therapy, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.

Minoxidil is a topical solution that is applied to the scalp. It is believed to work by widening hair follicles, prolonging the hair growth phase, and stimulating hair regrowth.

Finasteride is an oral medication that works by blocking the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone believed to be a primary cause of hair loss in genetically predisposed individuals.

The effectiveness of hair loss treatments can vary from person to person. Minoxidil and finasteride are generally effective for many individuals, with studies showing varying degrees of success. Hair transplantation can also be  effective, especially for those with advanced hair loss.

Yes, some hair loss treatments may have side effects. Common side effects of minoxidil include scalp irritation and increased facial hair growth. Finasteride may cause sexual side effects in some individuals. Hair transplantation surgery carries risks such as infection and scarring.

The time it takes to see results can vary depending on the treatment and the individual’s response. With minoxidil and finasteride, it may take several months to a year or more to see noticeable improvements in hair growth. Hair transplantation results become more apparent over several months as the transplanted hair grows.

Dr Moses Ng dermatologist
HAIR LOSS TREATMENT

Hair loss of the androgenetic variety in both men and woman is slowly progressive. Early stages of hair loss respond better to treatments compared to more advanced cases. There are clinically proven and effective treatments available. Generally it take 3 months to Slow hair loss, another 3 months to Grow hair, and further 3 months to Show more noticeable hair growth.

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To receive the best male or female hair loss treatment results, Dr.Ng offers a personalised treatment plan that is unique to your condition. Contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr.Ng today.

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