HAIR LOSS SOLUTIONS
Proven hair restoration techniques and methods
Finasteride, also commonly known as Propecia or Proscar, is the only FDA approved oral medication that treats androgenetic alopecia. Finasteride works by blocking an enzyme (5-alpha reductase) that converts testosterone to DHT, the root cause of miniaturisation. Finasteride causes a significant drop in both scalp and blood levels of DHT and its effect is felt to be related to both of these factors. Taking Finasteride daily decreases serum DHT levels by almost 70%. Serum testosterone levels increased by approximately 10%, but this is within the range of normal.
Minoxidil lengthens the growth cycle (called anagen) of the hair follicles. This improves the quality of the hair by increasing the diameter and length of miniaturized hair. It can also induce a new anagen cycle to begin. Minoxidil is a direct stimulator of follicular growth and also stimulates the proliferation of dermal papilla cells. Unlike finasteride, its effects are not related to androgens. It has been shown that minoxidil exerts its effect on the hair follicle by opening the nutrient pathway in the dermal papilla of the hair follicle.
Minoxidil should be applied to the scalp once or twice a day. The medication only works if it is in direct contact with the scalp (not the hair) and only works in areas where it is applied. Therefore, it is important to use the medication in the front part of the scalp if this is an area of thinning. It compliments the effects of Finasteride and the synergistic effect of the 2 medications has shown to work best in favor of hair loss sufferers.
Hair follicles reactivated.
Regenera Activa is a quick 30 minutes autologous micro-grafting procedure which relies on the most updated regenerative medicine protocol to date – the ‘Stromal Vascular Fraction’. This hair growth treatment relies on your body’s own ability to produce new functioning hair follicles by ‘activating’ the inactive areas in the scalp. Originating from Spain, this procedure aims to reverse the thinning effects on individual hair follicles.
Are the results long lasting?
The results are known to last an average of between 1- 3 years, up to 4 for some. The results vary from person to person depending on the extent and nature of hair loss as well as one’s genetic predisposition of hair loss. Speaking to a hair loss medical professional will help you in understanding how to better sustain the results from Regenera Activa.
What is a surgical hair transplant?
Hair transplantation is a surgical technique that moves healthy, DHT resistant hair follicles from the back of the scalp known as the ‘donor area’ to a bald or balding part of the scalp known as the ‘recipient site’.
Primarily done to treat Male Pattern balding, it is known as the only form of permanent solution to hair loss and promises above 90% success rate. Hair transplantation can also be used to restore or add on to facial hairs and to fill in scars.
Are the results immediate?
The implanted hairs are expected to shed from the 1st month up to the 4th month post procedure, at different rates. They usually start growing from the 4th month onwards, at the normal rate of 1cm per month, increasing density in the months to follow up till the 1 year mark, where patients will see the final results.
At Sage, we offer the latest techniques in FUE hair transplantation. Each of our surgical procedures emphasize the creative component to hair restoration as much as the technical aspects of it. Factors such as age, sex, desires and expectations, degree of donor availability, facial contours, hair characteristics and ethnicity are carefully taken into account by our doctor and team during consultation, before finalising the surgical plan for each one of our patients.
We ensure everyone of our patients are well equipped with accurate do’s and don’ts before and after surgery and we see them through the entire phase while they anxiously wait for results.
What is FUE and how is it different from FUT?
FUE is the first technique of hair restoration procedure known to be minimally invasive. It has been around for more than 15 years and has gained popularity in recent years compared to the original “Strip” technique or FUT that leaves a linear scar on the back of the patient’s scalp. It involves using the aid of a motorised punch to harvest follicular units, which are groups of hairs containing 1-4 follicles. The tip of the micro motor penetrates into skin by rotating during the extraction of follicular units and allows easy extraction of bulbous healthy grafts.
FUE is a versatile and excellent method for hair transplantation when performed by experienced hands. We ensure our doctors and team are properly trained and qualified, to give you the best results you can ask for.
Tip: Wearing a shorter haircut before & after the procedure recommended for better recovery. As soon as the clinical downtime (healing) is over within a few days, your surrounding hairs in the donor zone will grow out, leaving you with hardly any social downtime after 5-7 days.
10 steps that take you through the Sage hair transplantation:
What to expect for the first 2 weeks after your hair transplant procedure?
Life goes back to normal for most patients the day after a procedure. That mentioned, there are some things patients must avoid to encourage recovery and prevent grafts from dislodging in the first week.
Here are the list of things to avoid:
- Physical exercise which includes activities such as golfing. Although most patients can resume light exercises such as walking or jogging after a few days, we caution against physical activities for the first week.
- Submerging your scalp in a bath or pool.
- Usage of styling or chemical sprays
- Excessive sun exposure as this can cause damage to both the scalp and hair follicle. The scalp is very sensitive to UV rays after the procedure
- Alcohol and tobacco as both affect circulation to the scalp which is vital for recovery
- Hair dye due to chemicals
- Touching or rubbing your head
- Bending or lying down. Keep the head elevated by sleeping in a recliner or with up to 2-3 pillows for the first 2-3 days
- Wearing a hat, however loose- fitting for the first 2 days might dislodge the grafts
Sage Follicle Boost
This treatment compliments all other treatments we offer in our clinic. Primarily done to treat Telogen Effluvium, it also acts as an “activator” when treating patients with Male or Female pattern hair loss who may have been prescribed with oral medications.
Paired with superior cell activating technology, our follicle booster aims to rejuvenate and boost both the functions of your scalp and follicle. The ingredients include:
- Biotin: regulates cell growth
- Copper tripeptide: DHT blocker and maintains hormonal activity
- Zinc: works with hormones that act on hair follicles
- Hyaluronic Acid: retains hydration in your scalp, maintaining good moisture balance
- PDRN: stimulates regeneration of cells
- Growth factors: promotes growth
How is it done?
Depending on the severity and nature of your hair loss, you may need a course of anything between 6-12 sessions done weekly over a period of 6-12 weeks. Within this period, it will be noticeable that hairs have strengthened and shedding ( if any) would have come to a halt and new hair growth is typically seen towards the end of the hair cycle or towards the end of the course of treatment.
Low Level Laser Light Therapy
Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) in hair restoration utilizes cool lasers to stimulate hair growth and reduce hair loss. LLLT is based on the scientific principle of photo-biotherapy. Photo-biotherapy occurs when laser light is absorbed by cells and stimulates cell metabolism and protein synthesis. It appears to stimulate the follicles on the scalp by increasing energy production and by reversing miniaturization leading to thicker hair shafts and a fuller look.
Is it safe?
The low-level red laser light has a very low absorption rate in human tissue making it safe for use in the treatment of hair loss. Low-level lasers for the treatment of androgenetic hair loss in men is FDA approved.
Is it effective?
Recent studies have shown that Low Level Light Laser Therapy (LLLT) appears about equal to the benefits of hair loss medications when used correctly over a recommended period of time.