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In Singapore, male pattern hair loss is a common concern, affecting more than half of our population. You are not alone. The quest for effective solutions leads many to explore a combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western approaches. In this guide, we delve into male hair loss treatments in Singapore, offering insights into TCM and Western treatment options. 

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The Eastern vs Western Understanding of Hair Loss

Eastern: Hair health a reflection of the health of the body’s organs

There is a saying in TCM that the health of the hair lies in the blood – “发为血之余”. 

The health of the blood then depends on the health of the “vital organs” like the kidney, liver, spleen, heart and lung.

From a TCM perspective, hair loss can be broadly classified into acute sudden hair loss or gradual hair thinning. The TCM understanding is that blood deficiency serves as the primary cause of hair loss. 

TCM practitioners seek to restore balance to the body’s organs through different treatment options, ultimately restoring hair health. 

Western: A possible combination of heredity and hormonal changes

Alopecia is the general medical term for hair loss or baldness.

Hair loss disorders can be classified into 3 main types: scarring alopecia, non-scarring alopecia and structural hair disorders.

Scarring alopecia causes irreversible damage to the hair follicle, resulting in permanent hair loss. It is usually due to an inflammatory disorder resulting in an exaggerated immune response.

Conditions categorized as non-scarring alopecia do not destroy the hair follicle, allowing for hair regrowth to occur. The most common type of hair loss that affects men in Singapore is androgenetic alopecia or male pattern hair loss. 

Genetics and hormones strongly associate with male pattern hair loss or male pattern baldness. Well-established medications are available to stop or slow this type of hair loss. 

Fragile hair results from structural hair disorders, which can be inherited or acquired. Damaging hair care techniques are a common cause of hair fragility.

Depending on the type of hair loss, Western treatment options are available – but hair regrowth is not always a promise.

East Meets West: Male Hair Loss Treatment in Singapore

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TCM hair loss treatment options in Singapore include herbal remedies, scalp massage and acupuncture to restore balance to the body’s vital energy. Popular TCM herbs include ginseng, he shou wu and lingzhi.

Currently, limited research supports the use of TCM hair loss treatment. Even among “Western supplements” like biotin, iron and caffeine – effectiveness of these supplements for hair loss are also lacking.

To further complicate matters, hair loss treatment products claiming to be free of medications can actually be contaminated by medications.

Say What? Contaminated Products?

In 2010, HSA detected an undeclared Western medicinal ingredient in a batch of TCM products for hair loss.

This undeclared Western medicinal ingredient found in herbal remedies “Hair Growth Formula D-2653-B” and “Hair Growth Tonic E-0583-D” is minoxidil.

To date, the only topical treatment approved by the FDA for male pattern hair loss is topical minoxidil

Extensive studies have established the effectiveness and safety profile of topical minoxidil. This positions topical minoxidil as the primary treatment choice for male pattern hair loss or androgenetic alopecia. 

Of course, if a hair loss product were to contain topical minoxidil – effective results can be expected.

This is why the HSA continually urges consumers to exercise caution. Be wary when encountering health products promising quick cures or advertisements with exaggerated and misleading claims. 

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Hair Regrowth is a Slow and Steady Process

There is no quick fix. 

Doctors often recommend continuing treatment with Western medications for hair loss for at least one year to fully assess their effectiveness, as results may take at least 4 months to become visible.

This is simply because natural new hair growth is a slow process. 

Advertising Rules You Should Know

In Singapore, any health institution licensed by MOH is governed by laws such as the Medicines (Advertisement and Sale) Act. These advertising laws are regulated by the HSA. Health institutions would refer to hospitals, clinics and even virtual male hair loss clinics like Sire.

Health institutions must obtain a valid permit from HSA. This permit is necessary before any form of medical advertisements or sales promotion activities can be conducted to the public that is related to male hair loss treatment in Singapore. 

This is to safeguard the public’s interest from false or misleading hair claims. This also maintains the integrity of health institutions as a trusted source of health information. 

Unlike polyclinics and GPs, in Singapore, these advertising rules currently do not apply to TCM hair loss services and hair salons. 

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We always recommend speaking to a doctor before starting any treatment. 

Before & After: TCM vs Medical Research

Many establishments offering hair loss treatment services often advertise before and after images of hair growth.

We all know that new hair growth is a slow process. Visual hair improvement seen within 2 hours or even days or weeks are typically a temporary, short-term cosmetic enhancement. 

While it may satisfy some, it is unlikely to address the root causes of the hair loss. 

Large-scale clinical studies examining the safety and efficacy of a medication undergo rigorous processes. These processes ensure that study results are true and free of bias and commercial motives.

In many independent, large-scale clinical studies, researchers found finasteride, an oral medication, to be safe and effective. These findings led to its establishment as a first-line treatment for male pattern hair loss or androgenetic alopecia. 

Studies from reputable journals report before and after hair images. We take these hair and scalp images using validated equipment and methods for consistency. It’s worth noting that we capture these images yearly because assessing the effectiveness of finasteride typically requires at least 12 months.

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Sire: Your Hair Loss Treatment Solution

Here at Sire, we understand how hair loss can be a distressing issue – affecting our self-confidence and sending us on a search for a quick fix. 

This is why we strongly advocate seeking help early. Seeking hair loss treatment earlier allows for the timely initiation of medications, if appropriate, and enables the detangling of the root issue.

At Sire, we do the research and homework for you, seeking to understand the different hair loss treatment options in Singapore. In fact, you can read our hair loss treatment price and effort comparison here.

A tablet a day keeps the baldness at bay.

Consistent daily usage is key to help you slow down your hair loss.

Months 1-2

You may not be able to see any visible changes within the first 1-2 months of usage. Some people may shed more fine hairs than usual. This is completely temporary and normal.

Months 3-6

Your hair loss may have slowed or stopped. Take a photo every month to track your progress. Stay the course!

Months 7 and beyond

Hair loss might have considerably slowed down or stopped. Some people might even see signs of regrowth. Don’t stop now, keep going!

We were meant to be bold, not bald

With Sire, you can say goodbye to expensive consultation fees, and ridiculous mark-ups on medications. Style shouldn’t cost more than your daily cup of coffee.

 

Sire is part of the MOH’s list of direct telemedicine providers.

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