How Does The Strip Method of Hair Transplant Work in Singapore?

The Strip Method of Hair Transplant in Singapore

The strip method of hair transplant is one of the most popular in the world and is widely practiced by doctors in Singapore.

In both men and women with hair loss, most of the lost hair is on the top of the head, where hormones, notably testosterone (and women have testosterone too) mixes in the hair follicles with Dihydrotestosterone (DHT,) another hormone associated with testosterone, and the DHT causes the hair loss.

The reason people tend to lose hair on the top of their head but not the back of their head and neck is DHT is much less present in those follicles, so the hair in those areas remains vital and healthy, well into men and women’s 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond.

Using the strip method, as opposed to the fue method found on or also called the Fuss hair transplant method ( Follicular Unit Strip Surgery) an entire strip of hair is removed from the back of the head, separated into small units of 4 to 6 hairs, and then implanted into the scalp using a forceps.

The Fuss hair transplant or strip method takes up to 10 hours to implant the hairs once the hairs have been harvested and processed so you need to have patience just to get through the procedure, but people should know the strip method or any other hair transplant method out there doesn’t transform you into looking like a Hollywood Celebrity the minute you get out of the chair.

The hair grows slowly, about 1.3 centimeters per month, and typically it takes 3 to 6 months before the hair is even visible. Then it might take another year to 18 months or so before you really can see significant results that both you and your friends and loved ones will notice.

How much will it cost?

Plan on $5,000 plus incidental expenses like plane tickets, hotel bills and food if you go to Singapore, which thousands of people do every year. However, if you plan on having a strip method transplant in either the U.S. or the UK, plan on at least double that amount.

Also, ask your doctor realistically about the results to expect and whether you might need another transplant in your future. Many people wait way too long for strip method transplants, and therefore have to have dual procedures.

Does it hurt?

Patients who have it done say it stings a little, but are surprised at how little pain they actually feel when having a strip method hair transplant.

Post-surgery you’ll typically want to rest for at least 3 or 4 days before going back to work, and avoid strenuous activity like running, going to the gym, or perhaps even sex for around 7 to 10 days.

Will my insurance cover it?

Unfortunately, unless you’ve had a major medical procedure such as chemotherapy which caused your hair to fall out, the vast majority of insurance plans don’t cover it as it is seen like breast implants, nose jobs, and tummy tucks as merely cosmetic.

Should I be cautious of who does a strip method transplant?

Absolutely. There are great doctors everywhere including Singapore, but there are also clinics the advertise “medically designed” or other subtle methods in which a doctor is not present at all, and numbing anesthetics are being given by people with no medical training whatsoever. Always check carefully the credentials of the people doing your strip transplant.