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Hair Loss

Medical Dermatology

Need hair loss advice?

You inherit baldness through your mother's male relatives

Common Myths:

  • You inherit baldness through your mother's male relatives. Actually, baldness can come from either side of the family, or both.
  • Longer hair puts a strain on roots and caps choke off the circulation to the scalp causing hair loss. Both are wrong.
  • You lose up to 100 hairs per day normally - some days a lot more; others, a lot less. These hairs have finished their 3-year life span and are ready to be shed, then replaced. Finding hair on your comb or in the sink, therefore, does not necessarily mean you're going bald.
  • Shampooing does not accelerate balding.

Hair Loss in Men

Male Pattern Hair Loss

Male Pattern Hair Loss

These symptoms are long-term in nature and they may recur after a period of apparent recovery. It is recommended that you see your skin doctor to discuss the symptoms, which you may have.

Treatment Options:

To slow down hair loss, you have two options

  • Minoxidil

    This topical application is over-the-counter, no prescription is required. It works best on the crown, less on the frontal region. Available as a 2% solution, it may grow a little hair, but is better at holding onto what's still there. There are few side effects with it. This drug also comes in a higher strength, 5%, which may be more effective, but is also more expensive.
  • Finasteride

    Propecia is by prescription and is taken once a day. Studies have shown that Propecia has been proven to retain hair. In addition, it may also grow or thicken hair a little. It's therefore the best hair loss treatment for men who still have enough hair to retain.

Stopping either Rogaine or Propecia puts you back where you would have been without them, but not worse off.

Hair Loss in Women

Hair loss in women also has an inherited (genetic) basis too, only not as much as men, and the loss is not as fast. Also, women tend not to have big bald spots. Thinning in women tends to be distributed throughout the scalp. Women start losing their hair later in life and almost never lose the frontal hairline, no matter how thin their hair gets (this is called female-pattern baldness.)

Treatment Options:

  • Ask your Singapore dermatologist about minoxidil. This is over-the-counter and available in 2% and 5% concentrations. It helps conserve hair and may even grow some.
  • Propecia is a drug that helps men retain their hair but unfortunately has no use for women. Propecia is not safe for women of childbearing age and it just doesn't work for older women.
Dr Cheong La

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Our skin physician, Dr Cheong Lai Leng, is a Ministry of Health certified dermatologist who emphasizes an individualized approach to address your specific concerns whether they are medical, surgical, or cosmetic while maintaining the highest standards for quality and attention to your comfort.

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