On average, a normal individual sheds approximately 100 strands of hair daily where it is a natural phenomenon of the hair growth cycle. When this balance is disturbed and more hair is shed than regrown, hair loss or alopecia is the outcome.
Hair loss can be a cosmetic problem when too much shedding occurs in the wrong place at the wrong time in a particular person.
What are the causes of hair loss?
People always wonder what causes their hair loss. One of the commonest cause of hair loss is genetic, also known as androgenetic alopecia which affects 50% of male and female above 50 years old.
Stressful and poor lifestyle choices plays a significant role in hair loss such as lack of sleep, smoking habits, sudden drastic diet programs. Not to forget, certain diseases or illnesses and oral medications can cause hair loss. Moveover, hormones (post pregnancy, hypothyroidism, PCOS), trauma or infections (Trichotillomania, Syphillis, scalp infections), autoimmune diseases (Alopecia areata, Discoid Lupus Erythematosus) are the less common causes.
When should you see us ?
Symptoms are quite apparent and distressing for hair loss. You may find much more hair on your pillow or in your comb than usual. Besides, these are the few important signs:
In O2 Klinik, we adopt the analogy of having ‘green fingers’ when it comes to hair restoration. We plant, we nurture and we nourish.
O2 Klinik provides a wide range of hair growth treatment to meet individual expectations such as:
Oral finasteride 1mg once daily and topical minoxidil are proven to be effective in treating hair thinning and hair loss. These two goes hand in hand and acts as ‘nourishment’ to the hair.
What is oral finasteride ?
Oral Finasteride, a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor works by blocking the conversion of the hormone testosterone to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT acts on the hair follicles causing them to shrink, weaken and eventually die. This process is called ‘miniaturization’ and it will lead to complete end of hair growth in that particular hair follicle.
Since DHT is the primary hormone responsible for hair loss in men, the most effective way to slow down and prevent hair loss is to block DHT.
Will men get erection problem after taking Finasteride? Some individuals may have decreased libido and weaker erection during the first few weeks of treatment and subsides naturally after that.
What is Topical Minoxidil ?
A hair spray that is used daily that works by vasodilating the scalp vessels, improving the blood circulation of the scalp and thus, allows more nutrients and oxygen to flow in the scalp area.
It is a long term treatment and has to be used regularly. You will see the hair growth and thickening after 2-3 months of application.
What is a hair filler?
Hair filler consists of combinations of 7 patented protein peptides (Decapeptide-28, Decapeptide-18, Decapeptide-10, Oligopeptitde-71, Oligopeptitde-54, Octapeptide-2, and Octapeptide-11), Phosphate buffered saline and hyaluronic acid that can be effectively transferred and absorbed into hair follicles.
It promotes blood circulation in the scalp and revitalizes hair follicles thus inducing hair growth by increasing the size of follicles and restoring hair thickness.
As per protocol, treatment is carried out as 1 session every 2 weeks for 8 weeks (4 sessions in 2 months).
Who is suitable for this treatment?
How safe is Hair Filler procedure?
It is a fairly safe procedure. Patients may experience slight redness, swelling, bruising, itching or mild pain at the injection area after the treatment. It would usually subside over 24 hours.
How do I maintain the treatment results after completing the treatment regimen?
A monthly maintenance treatment every 6 months post-treatment is recommended to sustain the effects of the treatment.
What is PRP treatment for hair?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy for hair loss is a simple treatment where a person’s blood is drawn, processed and then injected into the scalp. This plasma contains white blood cells and platelets, which are rich in growth factors that play the role of messengers, signalling and stimulating inactive hair follicles into producing new hair.
You may experience minimal swelling or mild bruising up to 2 days which will subside after that. Otherwise, you are able to wash your hair immediately after treatment.
Any side effects? Will I contract blood borne diseases from this procedure?
There are little risks known for this procedure as the blood is from you. Rest assured that new needles and syringes are used for each patient. Therefore, there is no risk of contracting blood borne diseases.
When can I see the result?
As early as 2nd month after the injection and best seen after 6 months.
How many sessions are required?
Varies between individual, as it depends on degree and severity of hair loss. Do drop by O2 Clinic for consultation.
What are Biofibre Hair Implants?
Biofibre hair implant is a safe, simple, minimally invasive aesthetic procedure for male and female baldness solution. It is inserted one by one on the scalp under local anaesthesia scalp without any pain or discomfort.
It is considered a safe and effective procedure as multiple pre-clinical, clinical and histologic studies were conducted.
Biofibre hair is made with advanced inert materials, not harmful for the human body and produces a keratin plug which prevents microbial agents from penetrating the pseudo-infundibulum.
Furthermore, it is resistant to flexing and tensile stress (over 300 gr.), does not break easily and has a special reversible knot, which ensures an excellent strength of the implant and, in case of need, allows complete fiber removal without leaving scars.
How it works?
Pre-procedure, the doctor will check whether the patient is suitable for this procedure. If yes, they will proceed to color and the type of hair selection (Smooth or curly).
The doctor will anaesthetize the area using local anaesthesia for a pain free procedure. Then, implantation of biofiber hair is done using a special implanter.
50 – 100 hairs are implanted and observed over 1 month for any signs of allergy. If there are no allergies, a full procedure is carried out after that.
What are the advantages?
How long do I have to wait until a Biofibre implant is stabilized?
The final fixing of implanted Biofibre is completed 20- 30 days after the implant performed to cover male or female baldness area or increase hair thickening and will remain unchanged for a long period of time.
Any side effects?
Around 1% of allergy and rejection rate with risks of infection. Safety is not an issue as reversing can be easily done with its special reversible knot.
How often do I need to repeat the procedure?
The duration of result varies between individual depending on post implant care. Worry not as we have our team to help you with your post implant care. Research reports it can last 7-8 years on average with approximately 10% yearly biofibre loss. Yearly re-touch of Biofibre is done as a standard.
What is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)?
FUE is a fairly new method in hair restoration where hair follicles from the donor area (the back and side of scalp where hair won’t fall out during the patient’s lifetime) are extracted one by one and transplanted to the recipient area. Take the analogy of moving multiple selected plants with its roots to a new garden.
This technique is a minimally invasive procedure which requires no linear incision or stitches and when done properly, it can hardly be seen even with short hair. However, if the head is shaved completely, many white dots can be seen.
Am I a good candidate for FUE?
A proper consultation, assessment and discussion of expectations with the doctor is required before signing up for this procedure.
Is the procedure painful?
You do not feel pain during the procedure as it is performed under local anaesthesia. You might experience minimal discomfort during the administration of the local anaesthesia. Post-procedure, oral analgesia is given to prevent pain when the local anaesthesia wears off.
How long does a hair transplant procedure take?
It all depends on the number of grafts needed for the area of coverage, usually 6- 8 hours per procedure.
How long does it take for hair to grow after hair transplant?
The donor area recovery is very fast, usually in two or three days, all the punch incisions will heal and no removal of stitches are required.
At the recipient area, the transplanted hair stabilizes and recovers within a week and starts to grow in around 3 to 4 months following the surgery and grows 1cm per month.
What is the procedure like?