“The Life Account Of A Hair Loss Sufferer”
I am a 30-year-old male considering hair transplant. About four years ago, I noticed my hair falling and my frontal hairline starting to recede. I don’t consider myself to be a vain person, but hair is a prominent part of my identity and when I saw my hair fall, I felt a corresponding loss in my overall confidence level and sense of self esteem
Upon researching the latest treatments for baldness in males, I decided on a course of action. I just could not sit back and accept the fact that my hair will be gone and I can do nothing about it. Being bald may be okay for some, but I definitely did not want to turn into my bald-headed father or grandfather in my 30s.
The first thing I did was to get a prescription for Finasteride (brand name Propecia), an oral medication proven to be effective in the treatment of hair loss in males.
After a year of treatment, I noticed that my hair loss had stabilized and I was not losing much hair. Although I was grateful that the product worked for me, the Finasteride did not cause hair to grow back much, if any, of the hair that I had lost. What I really needed to feel confident about my appearance was an improved hairline.
In addition to Finasteride, I tried topical Minoxidil (brand name Rogaine) for one year and a half. Fortunately, the solution grew some of my hair back, however, I wasn’t satisfied as the amount of hair wasn’t sufficient.
Had I used I realized that Minoxidil would help, I would have begun a course of the medical treatment much sooner. It was then I realized that only way I was ever going to get my hairline back is through a surgical hair restoration procedure.
I admit that I am afraid of the thought of getting a bad hair restoration surgery. I do not want to end up looking like an experiment gone wrong. From studying before and after pictures of hair restoration surgeries, I can see that the quality of the results varies significantly and seems to depend heavily on the skill of the hair transplant surgeon, his experience, tools used in addition to the specific surgical techniques employed.
ARTAS FUE Hair Transplant v.s. Omnigraft™
While reading up on the latest transplant techniques being implemented to produce the best cosmetic results , I stumbled across two state of the art hair transplant machines claiming to provide amazing results without the major side effects associated with other more common hair transplantation methods.
One was the ARTAS System, developed by Restoration Robotics, which helps hair transplantation physicians identify and harvest individual hair follicle units during hair restoration surgery via the assistance of robots and cameras.
The other was Omnigraft™ a device which stood up to the height of the chest level, and is built upon a technique called Suction Assisted Follicular Extraction and Reimplantation (S.A.F.E.R).
Here’s what the makers of the Omnigraft device has to say on their site:
The patented automation of the F.U.E. technique, developed in cooperation with the top international transplant surgeons by the French company MEDICAMAT, specialising for over 30 years in the design, manufacture and distribution throughout the world of patented aesthetic or medical or surgical devices, makes it possible to reduce the traditional procedure time by more than half, with a transection rate that can reach 0%.
Thus the primary obstacle to extending this F.U.E. technique is removed, and a much wider audience of men and woman can now be addressed.
The automation of the F.U.E. hair transplantation technique is based on the use of the patented Punch Hair Matic® electropneumatic device, developed by the company MEDICAMAT; its use optimises both the extraction of the grafts by a circular micro-punch of a maximum 0.8 to 1.40 mm diameter (the diameter is chosen by the practitioner depending on various criteria, such as the patient’s age, skin type, quality of the hair in the donor area, etc.) and their reimplantation in the recipient area.
Here’s what the makers of the ARTAS device has to say on their site:
Designed by robotics experts and leading hair restoration physicians, the ARTAS Robotic System uses state-of-the art image-guidance and intelligent algorithms to optimize follicular unit harvesting. The location and characteristics of each follicular unit are tracked in real time, updating 60 times per second.
The high-definition user interface provides multiple views of the dissection area, allowing the physician to adjust parameters without interrupting the procedure.
Thus armed with this information I made queries to a few hair transplant clinics in Singapore and tried to ascertain the pro’s and con’s of both devices.
This table helped me decide to actually skip pass ARTAS fue hair transplant and opt for Omnigraft™ automated fue hair transplant with the S.A.F.E.R. technique being the foundation of the process.
It appeared to me that ARTAS whilst a state of the art device, is unable to reduce the size of punches upon extraction.
I read that the size could be as large as 2.0mm which is too much. In comparision the Omnigraft™ punch size is between 0.8mm to 1.4mm. Of course it also helps that Omnigraft™ is significantly more affordable than ARTAS, by almost triple.
More On Omnigraft™ Automated FUE Hair Transplant
The Omnigraft™ procedure is minimally invasive and is performed on an outpatient basis, meaning patients can get the surgery done and be in and out without having to spend a lot of time in the clinic.
The Omnigraft™ procedure allows hair to be transplanted without using stitches or leaving any visible scars. This is a good thing for me, because I definitely do not want huge scars on the back of my head. Additionally, the recovery time required for the surgery is incredibly fast. Most patients are able to get back to work and regular activities in just a few days. This is another big plus for me.
Omnigraft™ (Singapore) utilizes a mechanical arm with a suction capability to extract the hair follicles from the back of the scalp that are usually immune to baldness and ultimately placed in the receded or thinning areas of the front and top of the scalp.
During the hair transplant procedure, the Omnigraft™ system helps the surgeon extract hair follicles correctly with regards to angle and depth. This helps the surgeon to enhance precision of the procedure.
By properly separating and extracting follicular units from “anti-hair loss” areas of the scalp, the robotic hair transplantation system minimizes trauma, allowing smooth recovery and little scarring. Proper follicular extraction also reduces the chance of injury to follicles, ensuring that no donor follicles are wasted.
As I would like the option of having my hair cut short in the back, and with a traditional strip surgery, scarring is often visible when hair transplant patients cut their hair too short. The Omnigraft™ system of hair restoration allows me to cut my hair as short as I like without worrying about people noticing any scars (because the scars are actually “micro” sized at roughly 0.8mm and heal normally within days).
So far, I have not found any major side effects associated with Omnigraft automated FUE hair transplant system (Singapore), and the fact that it costs much lesser than ARTAS fue hair transplant is a pleasant bonus for me.
“Singapore’s Omnigraft™ FUE Hair Transplant Clinic”
There is a reputable doctor who has been in the aesthetic field for almost 10 years. Dr Ng has utilized Omnigraft™ for patients requesting treatment for hair loss.
His clinic has successfully implemented the Omnigraft™ on numerous patients.
It is our opinion that hair transplantation (follicular unit extraction, FUE) is the best treatment against baldness especially at the top and front of your head.
FUE hair transplant acts as an effective, non-invasive hair loss treatment which transfers strong follicles (resistant to balding) onto your scalp and thus “fills” in bald spots.
Dr Donald Ng has been performing hair transplant surgery with the Omnigraft™ device for several years.
He has successfully treated hair loss patients with FUE hair transplant at his Orchard Road clinic along with his team.
You may also dial 6690 3254 if you would like to speak to Dr Ng about your hair loss problems.
His clinic’s office hours are:
Mon – Fri; 9am – 7:30pm
Sat; 9am – 2:30pm
Sun & Public Holidays; Closed