As we flipped through pages of magazines and surfed the internet, advertisements for treatment of balding and hair loss in men can’t be missed. Unfortunately, this does not imply that the fairer sex is spared the woes of facing alopecia. Far from the truth, up to a staggering 40% of women will experience visible hair loss by the age of 40, and more than 50% will notice it by the time they move into their 5th to 6th decade of life. For some, this can be pretty minor and one may simply realize that her ponytail holder needed an extra twist to hold her hair tightly, or she may see a wider part line than before. For others, it can be very severe with the scalp being glaringly visible through noticeably sparse and thinned out hair.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, am I losing hair?

It is completely normal to lose up to 100 strands of hair per day. Your hair grows from the base of the hair follicle and it grows at around 1cm per month for about three years, then the hair just sits there until it is pushed out by new hair. When you notice your hair falling out it could quite simply be because new hair is growing in its place, and this isn’t something you should worry about. And if you’ve skipped a shampoo or two? It may appear as though you’ve lost significantly more hair, but this is just hair that was clinging to other hair that finally washed loose. There are however telling signs of abnormal hair loss to watch out for. The hair loss is pretty minor for some and one may simply realize that her ponytail holder needed an extra twist to hold her hair tightly, or she may see a wider part than before. For others, it can be very severe with bald patches or the scalp being glaringly visible through noticeably sparse and thinned out hair especially over the crown. If you run your fingers through your hair and come away with clumps of hair rather than a few individual strands, your hair loss is probably abnormal.

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Rapunzel, Rapunzel, why are you losing hair?

Sinclair Scale for Grading Female Pattern Hair Loss—. Stage 1 is normal. Stages 2-5 represent the appearance of progressive scalp hair loss in women when the scalp is viewed from above

Hair loss in women usually has a strong genetic component that can be inherited from either parents and not just from the father as commonly believed. Medically known as androgenetic alopecia, this type of hair loss can start as early as the late teens. Unlike male-pattern baldness, women do not experience the typical M-shaped receding hairline and bald spot on top of the scalp. Instead, there is visible thinning over the crown and hairs are miniaturized because of a shortened growth cycle where the hair stays on the head for a shorter period of time. These wispy hairs, which resemble forearm hairs, do not achieve their usual length.

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Actress Kristin Davis aka SATC’s Charlotte, also recently revealed her own struggles with thinning hair—“It was very fine, like it had gone away, there was just hardly any hair there… when I tried to do something or had to go somewhere I was like, “Where is my hair?”‘

Temporary hair loss can also be brought about by changes in hormone levels during pregnancy and menopause. Illnesses such as thyroid disorders, autoimmune diseases, eating disorders and acute stress (including childbirth!) can lead to hair loss too. Other known causes include scalp infection, side effect from medical treatments such as chemotherapy and long term mishandling of hair with harsh products and styling that leads to strong and constant traction.

Actress Kristin Davis has definitely seen “better hair days” as ‘Charlotte York’, caught in this image still taken during the filming of ‘Sex & the City’ in 1998

Thanks to aesthetic innovations, new and more effective ways of combating aging have brought forth revolutionary techniques to tackle hair loss. The current trend is the use of biotechnologies and stem cells that are present in the body which can trigger a massive regenerative process, and this is the principle behind Kera-clone (, a natural scalp strengthening therapy to regenerate hair growth brought to you by the team of dedicated specialist at the SW1 Clinic, a one stop destination for medical spa, cosmetics dermatology and cutting edge aesthetics surgery in Singapore.

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What is Kera-clone?

Kera-clone is a game changing approach to combat premature hair loss in a specially designed Regenera Activa system that uses your own existing healthy hair to grow hair in areas that are thinning. This is based on the theory of autologous stem cells transplantation, whereby healthy cells present in the patient’s own body are harvested and introduced into area(s) required to trigger regeneration and tissue renewal processes. These healthy dermal papilla or stromal stem cells are extracted from the back of the head where the hair is full and lush via punch biopsy. The tissue samples obtained (3 to be exact) are treated with the Regenera Activa system to produce a stem cells rich solution suspension that is introduced via microinjections into area(s) that are experiencing thinning or hair loss. Kera-clone is essentially an alternative form of “mini hair transplantation”relying on your own cells to regenerate new hair follicles for the scalp which will eventually lead to new hair growth. In addition, the procedure also help to activate inactive hair follicles and dormant cells under the scalp to restore your mane back to its former crowning glory.

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What is the procedure like?

The donor site whereby 3 tissue samples are obtained via punch biopsy healed well with no scarring 10 days post treatment

Kera-clone is performed under local anaesthesia whereby small pieces of tissue (approximately 3 mm) from the hair region of the nape (this area is least prone to androgenic alopecia) are collected. It is almost pain free and its small size ensure rapid healing of the “donor site”. These skin cell samples are then treated by the patented Regenera Activa system to produce a beneficial stem-cell-rich solution with growth factors.This solution is then injected into areas on the individual’s scalp that are experiencing hair loss.The whole process of Kera-clone is quick and efficient, and is completed in less than an hour. The simplicity of the procedure does not interfere with the day-to-day activities of the patient.Kera-clone helps to reduce hair loss and restore hair growth, so patients can enjoy a thicker head of hair after just 1-2 sessions.

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What kind of results do I expect to see?

The first results of Kera-clone treatment occur after a single treatment. A patient can observe the first visible changes after 14 to 30 days. The recovery period is minimal, and the best results appear and increase for the following 6 months after treatment. For optimal results, patients may undergo 2 or more sessions to obtain maximal hair re-population and fuller hair growth.

What can this treatment be paired with for even better outcome?

The results of Kera-clone can be further enhanced with Revage low level laser therapy treatment as recommended by the comprehensive Full Potential Program conceptualized by the team of dedicated specialist from the SW1 Clinic. The FDA approved Revage 670 Laser is widely recognized as the gold standard to rejuvenate thinning hair back to its former glory in a non-invasive manner sans needs and scalpel. With a total of 30 laser diodes, this state of the art system provides critical coherent beams as a direct source of laser light in a hood that goes over the scalp to ensure maximum laser energy contact over the area(s) to be treated. As such, it’s best suited for ladies with a diffuse pattern of hair loss.

“Revage 670 is a low-level laser energy system that is safe and painless with absolutely nodowntime.” Says Dr. Chua Han Boon, senior consultant and hair specialist with the SW1 Clinic. “It works by thickening fine, miniaturized hair and is therefore highly suitable for women with diffuse thinningor general weakening of their crowning glory, and is a surefire way to ensure that the new hairs obtained from your Kera-clone treatment grow to their full potential.”

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