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Hair loss treatment is expensive, if you don’t know what you are buying.

In 2017, hair loss products were among the top 40 best-selling products on the online shopping website Taobao, with young consumers making up more than 40% of sales. Even with the hard economic impact COVID-19 has brought about, market analysts have reported a continued sustained growth rate of 3-4% for hair loss products.

A study has shown that 63% of Singaporean men suffer from male-pattern baldness. With a percentage like that, we can be pretty confident of two things: the odds of losing your hair are high, and hair loss is common enough that it shouldn’t be a source of embarrassment (mai paiseh leh).

Interestingly, the same study found that of those Singaporean men seeking treatment, 74% used treatment options of unproven effectiveness. That’s just such a waste of money, time and effort!

Here, we discuss the various hair loss treatment options in Singapore, weighing out the costs and effort involved:

The Cornerstone Treatments – Oral Finasteride and Topical Minoxidil

Oral Finasteride and Topical Minoxidil have been most extensively studied for the treatment of male-pattern baldness. Both medications have shown effectiveness and a good safety profile in clinical trials, hence elevating their status as the first-line treatment options for male-pattern baldness. They are also the only two treatment options for male-pattern baldness recognized by the FDA.

However, response to treatment with Oral Finasteride or Topical Minoxidil varies among men. While some achieve the ideal significant hair regrowth, others may only benefit the most from the slowing of additional hair loss.

Continued, diligent use of these medications is necessary for it to work. As soon as these medications are stopped, hair loss will recur. A common mistake among men is to stop these medications when it does not seem to be effective after only 1-2 months.

There is some evidence to suggest that combining treatment with Oral Finasteride and Topical Minoxidil may be more effective than treatment with either alone. However, further studies are still needed to determine whether combination therapy should be routinely recommended. Always discuss with your doctor the best option for you.

The Oral Finasteride

For the treatment of male-pattern baldness, the recommended dose of Oral Finasteride is 1 mg per day. Treatment with Oral Finasteride should be continued daily for at least 12 months for the full effect of the medication to be seen. Hair regrowth will be lost over 6-9 months if Finasteride is stopped.

Occasionally, Finasteride has unwanted effects on sexual function, including erectile dysfunction, decreased libido and ejaculatory dysfunction. The risk for sexual side effects increases with age. Sexual side effects related to Finasteride are temporary and usually resolve after the medication is stopped. Side effects are more likely to occur with the typical 5 mg dose used to treat benign prostatic hypertrophy.

The unwanted sexual side effects although found to be rare in clinical studies may still scare men away from Oral Finasteride. You may find Topical Finasteride available at specialised clinics in Singapore. Multiple studies have shown that Topical Finasteride can be effective with a favourable safety profile, but more research is still needed to determine the exact concentration that is safe and effective. To err on the side of caution, always speak to your doctors. For now, FDA still recommends Oral Finasteride as the approved treatment for male-pattern baldness.

Oral Finasteride 1mg is also a prescription-only medication, meaning that in Singapore you would require a legal prescription from a doctor to obtain the medication.

Oral Finasteride costs:

Clinic consultation (per visit) – $60-$120;

SIRE consultation: $10

Finasteride 1 mg tablet (90 tablets, 3 month supply) – $180-$240 (generic), $285-$330(branded).

SIRE: $1.50 – $1.90 per tablet (starts at $162 for 3-month supply)

Effort involved to take Oral Finasteride:

One tablet a day plus visit(s) to the doctor’s clinic to obtain a prescription for continued medication supply. 1 year and beyond.

Read more: Where to buy finasteride in Singapore

The Topical Minoxidil

In Singapore, Topical Minoxidil is available over-the-counter, without a prescription as a lotion with concentrations of 2%, 3% or 5% and as a 5% foam. Men who start applying Topical Minoxidil in the early stages of their baldness, and who have smaller areas of baldness, respond best to Topical Minoxidil.

The use of the 5% concentration is recommended due to evidence supporting better effectiveness of Minoxidil 5% lotion compared with Minoxidil 2% lotion in men. However, patients treated with 5% compared with 2% Minoxidil reported more scalp irritation.

Minoxidil 5% foam, unlike the 5% lotion, is free of propylene glycol, reducing the risk for scalp irritation.

Topical Minoxidil must be used twice a day for at least 4 months. Hair shedding may occur at the initiation of treatment and usually decreases within two months. Hair growth may then be seen within 4-8 months and stabilizes at 12-18 months. A full year of treatment is usually recommended.

Side effects from Topical Minoxidil are infrequent. The most common side effect experienced is scalp irritation.

Oral Minoxidil in Singapore

Some men may find it troublesome to apply a scalp treatment twice a day. There has been some evidence that a low dose of Oral Minoxidil can be safe and effective for the treatment of male-pattern baldness. Your doctor will be able to advise. If you don’t have one, you can book an appointment with SIRE’s doctor here.

Traditionally, Oral Minoxidil was used as a potent treatment in reducing high blood pressure. It fell out of favour due to the development of safer and more effective blood pressure medications.

Can a doctor prescribe Oral Minoxidil?

To date, there is no Oral Minoxidil product registered with the HSA. The recommendation by the FDA is still for Topical Minoxidil in the treatment of male-pattern baldness.

Since Oral Minoxidil is not registered with the HSA for use in Singapore, that means that doctors need to apply for a special licence to bring in Oral Minoxidil in Singapore.

Finasteride is the most common oral solution to hair loss in Singapore. However, that does not mean SIRE is shutting the door to Oral Minoxidil. If you discussed your concerns with our doctors, we might be able to provide a solution tailored to your needs.

Minoxidil costs:

Minoxidil 2% lotion (one month supply): $35-$60

Minoxidil 5% lotion (one-month supply): $70-$90

SIRE Minoxidil 5% (one-month supply): starts at $52

Effort involved to use Minoxidil:

Twice daily scalp application with Topical Minoxidil. 1 year and beyond

Hair Transplant Surgery

There are various hair transplant techniques available in Singapore. However, with all hair loss treatments, it may not be a permanent solution. Men can continue to lose non-transplanted hairs following hair transplantation, resulting in diminishing satisfaction with the results. The continuation of treatment with Oral Finasteride or Topical Minoxidil following a hair transplant procedure may help to limit further loss of pre-existing scalp hair.

Hair transplant costs:

One session can range from $2000-$20,000 depending on the number of grafts required and the hair transplant technique applied.

Read more about “The hidden cost behind hair transplant every Singapore men should know”.

Effort involved to undertake hair transplant:

A standard hair transplant session normally takes about 5-8 hours. Additional maintenance sessions may be required depending on response to surgery.

Low Level Laser Light Therapy (LLLT)

Studies have shown that Low Level Laser Light Therapy with a HairMax LaserComb device is effective in promoting hair regrowth in mild-to-moderate hair loss. It is also the only medical device approved by the FDA for the treatment of male-pattern baldness. However, more studies are still required to determine what the optimal treatment regimen is and how long hair regrowth can be achieved and sustained with LLLT treatment.

Costs involved:

$650-$1250 per package.

Effort involved:

Recommended treatment regimes are 90 seconds to 15 minutes of treatment, 3 times a week (depending on the device model used). 1 year and beyond.

In the treatment of male-pattern baldness, we’re in for the long-run. Treatment should be a good, sustainable fit money and effort wise for you to enjoy lasting success.


A dermatologist is another option if you have serious symptoms that are not typical. For example, if you have hair loss that does not fit the pattern of male pattern hair loss, or sudden hair loss. Read this article to find out when you should go to a dermatologist.

Next steps

If you have a brief idea of how you’d like to tackle your hair loss, we’d encourage you to book an appointment with us.

Sire is a digital men’s health service in Singapore which provides convenient virtual consultations with MOH-licensed doctors, along with affordable hair loss treatments that are shipped to your doorstep discreetly.

Sire is powered by The Cloud Clinic, which is a licensed medical clinic registered under MOH and a direct telemedicine provider.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What hair loss treatment options are available in Singapore?

Singapore offers a range of hair loss treatment options, including topical treatments, oral medications, laser therapy, and hair transplant procedures.

Q: What factors should I consider when choosing a hair loss treatment option?

Factors to consider include the severity of your hair loss, your budget, potential side effects, desired outcomes, and willingness to commit to the treatment regimen.

Q: How do the prices of these treatments compare in Singapore?

The prices of hair loss treatments in Singapore can vary widely. Topical treatments and oral medications are generally more affordable, while procedures like light therapy and hair transplants are often higher in cost.

Q: How much effort is required for each treatment option?

The effort required varies. Topical treatments and oral medications require consistent application as directed. Laser therapy may involve regular sessions. Hair transplant procedures require one or more sessions but offer longer-lasting results.

Q: Can I combine different treatments for better results?

Combining treatments may be an option, but it’s important to consult a healthcare professional before doing so to ensure compatibility and effectiveness.

Q: What’s the key takeaway when considering hair loss treatment options in Singapore?

The key takeaway is that there are diverse hair loss treatment options available in Singapore, catering to various needs and preferences. It’s essential to research each option, consult a healthcare provider for personalised advice, and make an informed decision based on your goals, budget, and commitment level.

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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