We all want a thick, healthy head of hair on us. But age, environment, health and genetics can cause many of us to gradually lose our crowning glory long before we think it’s appropriate.
In the past, we used creams and pills to promote hair growth. While they might contain nutrients that stimulate and encourage hair growth, results varied greatly for different people. On the other hand, Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a more direct and straightforward solution that works by way of redistributing healthy hair follicles to areas that require hair growth.
In this article, we look into FUE to understand its suitability for different people, and who should consider this hair transplant in Singapore.
Who is a Good Candidate for FUE?
There are a few factors for you to take into consideration if you are thinking about getting a FUE transplant.
While there is no hard age limit for a FUE transplant, how old or young you are can affect the amount of hair that can be transplanted. For example, a young candidate may opt to transplant a smaller number of grafts and start on oral medication to prevent further hair loss. It is important to consult with an experienced doctor to understand the stage of hair loss and implement a holistic treatment
Severity of Hair Loss
Before confirming whether you are suitable for a FUE hair transplant in Singapore, your doctor will look into the severity of your hair loss, and compare the problem areas with the amount of hair available to be transplanted from other areas .
Your doctor might use the Norwood Hamilton scale and Ludwig classification system to determine the extent of your hair loss for males and females respectively. In general, the further along the scale you are, the fewer options you have when it comes to treatment.In the early stages, you might be able to use hair loss drugs to manage the hair loss but those further along the scale may only have hair transplant as the treatment option.
Having said that, one should not wait till late stage before considering FUE. This is because more grafts will be required. Moreover, when hair loss is already severe, there might be less blood supply to the hair follicle which also affects the survival rate of grafts.
You might note that the contrast between hair and scalp colour can change the perception of how severely bald you are. If you have similar hair and skin colour (e.g. dark skin and dark hair, or light skin and light hair), it is harder to distinguish between the dark hair, and dark skin. This would make it easier for the transplants to help you look less bald. Conversely, if your hair and skin colour are contrasting, then getting a good result from hair transplants can be more challenging.
Hair density is one of the biggest factors when determining if you will be a good hair transplant candidate.
If you have good density of hair follicles around the areas of the scalp where your doctor will be taking follicles from, namely at the back and sides of your scalp (also known as the donor site), then it is also likely that you are a good candidate. Your doctor will take the follicles from this area, and use them to cover any areas of balding (also known as recipient site).
Conversely, if you have a low density of hair follicles in your donor site, you may not be a good candidate for a hair transplant in Singapore as you do not as many grafts available.
For hair texture, people with curly or wavy hair tend to have better results and do not need as many hair follicles. Indian and African hair, for example, is a great example of this. A person might have less follicular density, but the curls are so prominent that they can create the perception that a higher amount of the scalp is covered. This yields a stronger result than normal, as more of your head seems to be covered up.
Just like hair texture, the thickness of each strand of hair can also decide the final result of a hair transplant. Those with thicker strands of hair will require fewer transplanted follicles to get the same visual effect as someone with thinner hair strands. This is because the appearance of baldness comes from light penetrating the hair to be reflected off the top of the head. If you have thicker hair, you can block more light, and end up with a better looking head of hair.
Scalp flexibility refers to the tightness of your scalp. It is harder for a follicle to be removed when you have a tight scalp, while a loose scalp will mean that it is a lot easier to remove the required follicles for implantation later.
If you have one or more factors working against you, do not despair. It is important for your doctor to consider all the factors and see the big picture when deciding if you are a good candidate for FUE hair transplant.
Conversely, even if you have some factors going for you, a doctor will need to assess if there are other unfavourable hair traits that can offset the benefits that you possess.
It is important for you to also take care of yourself physically, both before and after your transplant. This means eating a nutritious diet, exercising regularly, and avoiding stressful situations in your life.
We Can Help!
Treating severe hair loss with FUE hair transplant in Singapore requires technique and skills, tailored to each unique individual. If you want to have a FUE hair transplant procedure done, you should consider a detailed examination by trained and experienced doctors.
Our qualified doctors will customise suitable treatment plans based on an in-depth diagnosis of your hair loss condition.
If you are tired of seeing bald patches on your head, SL Aesthetic Clinic can provide you with the necessary diagnosis and treatment to alleviate your aesthetic concerns. Call us now at 6235 3246, or Whatsapp us at 9850 7112.