3 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Hair Transplant (2021)

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September 6th, 2020· 5 min read

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Losing hair can be a painful experience for both men and women. We often say that a person’s confidence comes from their smile, but hair plays an important role too.

Several studies have proven the link between hair and confidence, even going as far as saying that the condition of your hair affects your physical attractiveness, which in turn affects your perception of your social hierarchy [1].

Perhaps this is why more and more people are willing to spend hundreds of dollars on hair treatments or even hair transplant if they’re suffering from hair loss.

Hair transplant procedures in Singapore have gotten more advanced over the years, but there are still many misconceptions surrounding it. Here are 3 surprising things you didn’t know about hair transplant:

1. There are two types of hair transplant procedures

Hair transplant procedures can be done manually or using a system called ARTAS. The ARTAS system uses artificial intelligence to perform minimally-invasive hair transplants, making it more precise by reducing the risk of human error [2].

So you may be thinking, what’s the difference?

While both procedures have high success rates, the cost of using the ARTAS system can be double or triple the cost of manual hair transplant.


Estimated Cost


$4,000 - $5,000 / 1,000 follicles


$14,000 / 1,000 follicles

Therefore, picking a hair transplant procedure boils down to your preference and budget.

2. Both men and women can have a hair transplant

While it is true that male pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss, it is a misconception that hair transplant is a “male thing” and that women can’t have hair transplant.

Men and women have different balding patterns. For women, the common causes are:

  • Female Pattern Baldness
  • Alopecia Areata (coin-shaped hair loss)
  • Traction Alopecia (tight hairstyles over many years).

Hair transplant in Singapore is suitable for:

  • Female Pattern Hair Loss (involving front hairlines in the advanced stages, or if the response to non-surgical therapies are not satisfactory enough)
  • Alopecia Areata (if stable for more than a year)
  • Scarring Alopecia (hair loss due to causes such as burns, trauma, surgery)

So if you’re suffering from hair loss or balding, you can consider hair transplant as an option regardless of your gender.

Man having his head marked for hair transplant

3. Hair transplant does not give immediate results

Even though it is permanent, contrary to popular belief, hair transplant does not give you immediate results. You can expect the recovery process after the procedure to take up to a few weeks.

During the post-surgery recovery process, you may see your newly transplanted hair falling out or shedding. Do not be alarmed as it is a normal occurrence. This is due to the hair follicles losing old hairs for new hairs to grow in the new site.

The results of the hair transplant can be best seen after 9 months to 1 year of recovery. However if the operation was highly successful, satisfactory results can be seen in just 6 months.

I hope that you've found this guide useful, and perhaps gained more insight into the application process. Most of the admissions-related information (admin and logistics wise) can be found on the official NUS Faculty of Dentistry website.

To help yourself out, you should take note of what people look for when they look for a dentist.

This article was written by Human and published on Wednesday, 25 January 2017. Human medically reviewed the article on Wednesday, 25 January 2017. The last update was made on Friday, 18 September 2020.

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