It is perfectly normal to lose up to 100 hairs a day. If you consistently lose more than 100 hairs a day, you could be facing a hair loss problem. Hair loss is a very common problem that affects about 30 million men and about 20 million women globally.

Hair loss seems to be more visible in men because of the way it presents itself. In men, hair loss typically starts above both temples, hairline slowly receding upwards. On the other hand, hair loss in women are more dispersed with overall hair thinning. The female hormone, estrogen, prevents male pattern baldness.

We pick the brains of one of the most brilliant aesthetic doctors in Singapore, Dr. Siew Tuck Wah, to find out the causes of hair loss and the treatment options available.

Causes of Hair Loss

HEREDITARY FACTORS Despite keeping a healthy diet and lifestyle, you notice that your hair is still falling. You can attribute your hair loss problem to your parents, says Dr. Siew, who said that one of the leading causes of hair loss is poor genes.

“Hair loss is one of the issues that is strongly linked to your family history,” says Dr. Siew. “However, several other factors also play an important role in determining the density of your hair.”

PRE-EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITIONS Some illnesses such as thyroid disease, scalp infection, and alopecia areata (an autoimmune disease that attacks hair follicles) affect healthy hair growth.

If you have any medical condition that coincides with your hair loss issue, look for a doctor to determine the cause. He will be able to recommend some treatments to address the problem.

STRESS In an environment where stress plays a major part of our lives, an extended stressful period may potentially topple the balance of the hair lifecycle by pushing a large number of hair follicles into the resting phase.

In a few months, you may notice that the affected hair might fall out suddenly simply by combing or washing your hair.

BEAUTY PRODUCTS Truth is, hair products don’t cause hair loss per se. They only cause problem if they are not properly removed at the end of the day. Most of the beauty products such as gel, wax, hairsprays have chemicals that may stick to the scalp, preventing your hair follicles to regulate and purge toxins and dead skin cells from the scalp.

MEDICATIONS Before you consume any medicine, your doctor should have informed you about the side effects, if any. Otherwise, here is a recap of some medications that can potentially lead to hair loss: Anticoagulants, gout medication, beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, Vitamin A and derivatives, antidepressants, anticonvulsants.

If you suspect that your medication falls into one of the categories above, consult a doctor to discuss your options.

How to Treat Hair Loss

TOPICAL TREATMENT For people who are unwilling to undergo medical treatment, Dr. Siew recommends a topical treatment containing minoxidil. It is a medication applied directly onto the affected area.

In 2006, minoxidil was approved by FDA for the nonprescription treatment of androgenic alopecia of the vertex of the scalp. It works by increasing the blood supply to the hair follicles so as to sustain the hair in the follicles.

“Although there are no known serious side effects, the problem with minoxidil is that you have to keep using it consistently to maintain the benefits.” says Dr. Siew.

LOW LEVEL LASER THERAPY Also, known as LLLT or LED Light Therapy, it is a painless, non-surgical, non-invasive treatment that is useful for those who do not wish to undergo long-term medication.

LED Red Light Therapy stimulates cell metabolism and increase blood flow in the scalp. By doing so, it encourages hair growth and reactivates dormant hair follicles. A laser comb was approved by FDA in 2007 to treat male and female pattern hair loss. Alternatively, in-house LED Light Treatment is also available at most aesthetic clinics.

COMBINATION MEDICAL TREATMENT A proprietary, unique hair loss program was designed by Dr. Siew in December 2017 to combat people with moderate to severe hair loss.

“Combining a special hair loss laser treatment with PDRN therapy, Hair Restoration Program works has created miracles for many clients who experience severe hair loss,” says Dr. Siew.

The hair loss laser treatment is a new concept that leverages on an advanced cosmeceutical delivery system that creates micro-channels on the scalp to increase the absorption of hair serum and to increase blood flow and stimulate the follicles to produce stronger, thicker hair.

The PDRN therapy is then injected into the superficial layer of the scalp to repair and rejuvenate the scalp at the cellular level. It activates dormant hair follicles and improves the scalp foundation to provide an ideal environment for hair growth.

Dr. Siew is the Medical Director and co-founder of Radium Medical Aesthetics.

Radium Medical Aesthetics offers a wide range of customized medical treatments to enhance your anti-aging journey, making your skincare routine a sensorial ritual that you look forward to every day.

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Author's Bio: 

At Radium Medical Aesthetics, we aim to help you achieve a healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit that promotes a better quality of life. We help to invigorate you to make that change, through in-house proprietary medical aesthetic solutions, specially tailored to suit your needs.

Medical aesthetic treatments we offer such as lasers, non-invasive skin-lifting, filler injections, botox, thread lifts and chemical peels are U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved and/or Conformité Européene (CE) marked. We also offer medical facials and Radium – our proprietary skin care range, both specially designed to work synergistically with your treatments and give you the best possible outcome you wish to achieve.
Our experienced team of nurses and therapists is led by Medical Director Dr. Siew Tuck Wah. Dr. Siew has been practicing aesthetic medicine for more than ten years, making him currently one of the most sought-after doctors offering safe and effective medical aesthetic treatments.

Dr. Siew has a keen interest in non-invasive medical aesthetic procedures for facial contouring and rejuvenation. We understand that many of our clients are looking for maximum results with minimum downtime. Ensuring positive results with your safety in mind is our priority.

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