Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Singapore Men & Women: Hair treament for Hair Loss why are you going bald, and how to fix it.

Why is my hair falling out?

Singapore Men & Women: Asian people suffer from Hair Loss why are you going bald, and how to fix it. It’s true that men are more likely to lose their hair than women, mostly due to male pattern baldness (more on that later).
But thinning hair and hair loss are also common in women, and no less demoralizing. Reasons can range from the simple and temporary—a vitamin deficiency—to the more complex, like an underlying health condition.
In many cases, there are ways to treat both male and female hair loss. It all depends on the cause. Here are some common and not-so-common reasons why you might be seeing less hair on your head.

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Physical stress

Any kind of physical trauma—surgery, a car accident, or a severe illness, even the flu—can cause temporary hair loss. This can trigger a type of hair loss called telogen effluvium. Hair has a programmed life cycle: a growth phase, rest phase and shedding phase. “When you have a really stressful event, it can shock the hair cycle, (pushing) more hair into the shedding phase,” explains Marc Glashofer, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. Hair loss often becomes noticeable three-to-six months after the trauma.
What to do: The good news is that hair will start growing back as your body recovers.
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Pregnancy is one example of the type of physical stress that can cause hair loss (that and hormones). Pregnancy-related hair loss is seen more commonly after your baby has been delivered rather than actually during pregnancy. “Giving birth is pretty traumatic,” says Dr. Glashofer.
What to do: If you do experience hair loss, rest assured that your hair will grow back in a couple of months. “It’s a normal thing and it will work its way out,” Dr. Glashofer says.
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Too much vitamin A

Overdoing vitamin A-containing supplements or medications can trigger hair loss, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. The Daily Value for vitamin A is 5,000 International Units (IU) per day for adults and kids over age 4; supplements can contain 2,500 to 10,000 IU.
What to do: This is a reversible cause of hair loss and once the excess vitamin A is halted, hair should grow normally.
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Lack of protein

If you don’t get enough protein in your diet, your body may ration protein by shutting down hair growth, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. This can happen about two to three months after a drop in protein intake, they say.
What to do: There are many great sources of protein, including fish, meat, and eggs. If you don’t eat meat or animal products, here are the 14 Best Vegan and Vegetarian Protein Sources.
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Male pattern baldness

About two out of three men experience hair loss by age 60, and most of the time it’s due to male pattern baldness. This type of hair loss, caused by a combo of genes and male sex hormones, usually follows a classic pattern in which the hair recedes at the temples, leaving an M-shaped hairline.
What to do: There are topical creams like minoxidil (Rogaine; $45 on amazon.com) and oral medications such as finasteride (Propecia) that can halt hair loss or even cause some to grow; surgery to transplant or graft hair is also an option.
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Female-pattern hair loss, called androgenic or androgenetic alopecia, is basically the female version of male pattern baldness. “If you come from a family where women started to have hair loss at a certain age, then you might be more prone to it,” says Dr. Donald Ng. Unlike men, women don’t tend to have a receding hairline, instead their part may widen and they may have noticeable thinning of hair.
What to do: Like men, women may benefit from minoxidil (Rogaine) to help grow hair, or at least, maintain the hair you have, Dr. Donald Ng says. Rogaine is available over-the-counter and is approved for women with this type of hair loss.


Monday, 25 December 2017

Im Asian Why am i Losing my Hair

Reasons Why You’re Losing Your Hair ( 4 part post )

Why is my hair falling out? This happens to Men and Women, So we put together a 4 part section explaining why it happening to you and how you can fix it.
It’s true that men are more likely to lose their hair than women, mostly due to male pattern baldness (more on that later).

Asian men hair loss and Asian women hair loss can affect up to 73% of the population. Known as Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA), Asian hair loss for men tends to occur first in the vertex region (crown area) leading then to the temple areas. For Asian women, hair loss tends to manifest in a diffuse way initially (Tellogen Effluvium), starting with thinning hair all over. This may then progress to balding areas on the crown of the head. Asian men and Asian women hair loss does occur in youth however it is more likely to occur during and after middle age (40-50+ years). Studies are showing now that Asian women hair loss is on the increase with female pattern balding now affecting 15% of the population.
Hair loss is a distressing development in the life of a person, perhaps more so for women where social stigma highlights the importance of appearance and of hair and dress styling. In today’s blog we’re going to look at Asian men and women hair loss and also discuss what the options are for hair restoration should pattern balding occur.

Why do Asian men and women suffer hair loss?

Asian hair loss is usually much more noticeable as it is straighter and thicker than Caucasian hair. The scalp also contains less hair because of the extra thickness. Hair loss is largely due to genetic factors with sufferers following reluctantly in the footsteps of their ancestors. Queries continue to be raised as to geographic factors in hair loss however no hard evidence has yet surfaced that Asian men hair loss and Asian women hair loss is due to a specific location or diet.

Up in smoke: smoking can cause hair loss

While experts say that general life-style is not usually a prevailing factor of hair loss, studies have shown however that smoking, particularly in the Asian population, is definitely a contributing factor to hair loss. Men who smoke are about twice as likely to lose their hair as nonsmokers, after taking into account factors that increase the risk of baldness, such as ageing and genetics, according to a 2007 study in Taiwan.

How does Asian men hair loss occur?

Asian men hair loss tends to start with a thinning of the hair around the crown of the head and may develop to show complete baldness on the crown. From there they may also suffer hair loss around the temples and at the frontal hair line.

How does Asian women hair loss occur?

For Asian women, hair loss is not so common as it is in Caucasian or Afro-American women, but it is definitely on the increase. Some experts believe it may be caused by the change in lifestyles and by leading a more Westernised lifestyle that their particular hair-type may not genetically be used to.

Hair restoration for Asian hair loss

FUE hair transplant

FUE hair transplant or follicular unit extraction is where individual hair grafts are harvested directly from the donor area. A circular incision is made in the skin around the upper part of the follicle from a broad area of the back of the scalp. The location of the donor area is chosen to have long-term stability. It is then extracted (pulled) directly from the scalp leaving a small open hole. The hair tissue is then grafted finely and placed into the destination area, which is the final step in the hair transplant process. A high skill-level in this step is crucial as poor placing can lead to cell trauma and poor graft survival.

FUT hair transplant

Hair grows in natural groupings called follicular units. During the Follicular Unit Transplant procedure, a small amount of hair is removed from a donor area (usually at the back of the head) and under microscopic magnification, grafts are created that keep these natural groupings intact. The grafts are then placed into tiny micro-incisions created in the hair loss area in a distribution that mimics the individual’s natural hair growth. The procedure is divided into four main stages: donor harvesting, graft preparation, recipient site creation and graft placement.
Part 2 Tomorrow 27th December 2017.


Friday, 15 December 2017

Microdermabrasion and its alternatives

Microdermabrasion and its alternatives

Microdermabrasion is one of those cosmetic procedures that most people have heard of, but don’t really know much about. Even if your skin-obsessed friend swears by it, or you’ve seen it listed on spa menus, the procedure is still one of those best discussed with a dermatologist.
Allow us to clear up any misconceptions. Microdermabrasion is a procedure that exfoliates and removes the superficial layer of dry, dead skin cells. Doctor Donald Ng here at Alaxis Aesthetic of Singapore say, Dermatology, microdermabrasion machines can buff and polish the skin using a stream of fine crystals or a diamond tip. Some systems have suction to vacuum loose skin cells from the face.
Doctor Ng says patients with fine lines, uneven pigmentation or clogged pores may benefit most from a series of microdermabrasion treatments.
“Patients with melasma, a form of pigmentation caused by a combination of hormones, ultraviolet light and inflammation, risk aggravating the pigment with almost any type of irritation,” said Waldorf. “However, I find they do well with a combination of good topical care, vigilant sun protection and microdermabrasion.”
Two of the major differences between in-office microdermabrasion and at-home treatments is that the devices used in a medical office generally have larger motors and more power, and they penetrate deeper into the skin to provide precise exfoliation. Doctor Ng points out that due to the costs of the professional procedure, some drugstore products or treatments are a great way to extend the time between in-office microdermabrasion visits.
It is also worth differentiating between microdermabrasion treatments with a dermatologist office and a spa. “In our offices, we sterilize the diamondtome wands in the same way as our surgical instruments, which is important for safety,” she says. “Be sure to confirm with the spa how they handle multi-use wands.”
How often you should get a microdermabrasion facial depends on your skincare needs and finances. Most in-office procedures pack a bigger punch and treatments are often scheduled at 1-2 month intervals. Meanwhile, Waldorf says using a handheld device at home generally requires daily or at least weekly use.
If you have any reservations as to how your skin may react to this level of exfoliation, Dr Ng reassures us that microdermabrasion is not painful. “It may leave the skin slightly red for a few hours and possibly more sensitive. A calming moisturizer and sunscreen should be applied after treatment,” he says.
For anyone with dermatographism, or those who get red welts at the sites of scratches, Waldorf adds they are likely to see hive-like lines or blotches post-microdermabrasion. An oral antihistamine can help to reduce that reaction.
We also stress that you shouldn’t expect the results of a deep chemical peel or fractionated resurfacing laser with microdermabrasion. “It is an excellent procedure to help maximize the benefit of a regular topical regimen, keep skin feeling smooth, help pigment look more even and speed clearance of whiteheads,” he says. “However, it will not help deep wrinkles, dark brown spots, redness or growths.”http://alaxis.com.sg/microdermabrasion-and-its-alternatives/

Monday, 11 December 2017

No one likes looking older...which is why we spend billions of dollars every year on over-the-counter products, prescription creams and fillers, and, most drastically, cosmetic surgery. Over the next 9 days we will be postings articles which will help keep you better in formed.
Do any of these actually work to reduce the signs of aging? In many cases, yes—at least temporarily. But given the not-inconsiderable costs (and in the case of surgery and some procedures, the risks), it's important to be smart in your choices.
How to find a doctor for your procedure?
Dermatologists can prescribe skin creams and perform laser skin-resurfacing and chemical peels, and they can administer injections. Surgical procedures, meantime, can be performed by cosmetic and plastic surgeons, and some ear, nose, and throat doctors (otolaryngologists). A good first step is to make sure that the doctor is board-certified by the appropriate organization (A Board of Cosmetic Surgery, or Registered with a Govering Body).
Check with your Countrys medical board to see if the doctor has complaints on file. When you pick a doctor, ask how often and how frequently he or she performs the procedure that you're having (weekly is better than monthly). If the doc works from an outpatient surgical center, ask whether he or she has hospital privileges should any problems arise during your surgery.
Here is a quick guide to some of the most popular treatments and procedures.

See more at alaxis.com

Friday, 27 October 2017

Your breast friend in Singapore, Dr Donald Ng.

Breast liposuction

It’s a complaint many women find difficult to feel sympathy for — large breasts. But for many large-breasted women, their double D cups are, in fact, a bodily burden. Heavy, pendulous breasts can bestow a lifetime of problems for the “well-endowed” — limiting sports activities, and causing significant back pain and spine problems, and even emotional issues.
Fortunately there is an alternative to a top-heavy fate when the support bras prove insufficient — breast reduction surgery. But along with liberation from the added pounds up top, the traditional surgery also brings risks such as permanent scarring and loss of sensation in the breasts.
Enter a new approach to breast reduction, aimed at making the surgery more “user-friendly.” It’s called liposuction breast reduction, and according to some plastic surgeons, the procedure involves less pain, less scarring, less recovery and better results. “The scarless breast reduction is basically a very special variation of liposuction, and what we do is to reduce the breast by anywhere from one to three cup sizes, according to Dr. Ng.
Breaking From Tradition
In the traditionalal breast reduction surgery, called mammaplasty, the surgeon makes a large T-shaped incision to remove excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin. By contrast, with liposuction breast reduction the surgeon makes one small incision under the fold of each breast. The incision is just large enough to fit a tiny cannula, or tube, through which the surgeon sucks out excess fat.
And while the traditional surgery can take up to five hours and nine weeks for full recovery, liposuction breast reduction takes less than an hour with patients back to their full activities within a week.
The Procedure.
We make small incisions from the armpit area and from crease below the breasts. It is done under tumensence anaethesia and oral sedation. Fat is removed from around the breasts tissue so it would not damage the breast tissue. The aim is to reduce the amount of fatty tissue only.
Post procedure: There will be some swelling and bruising for 1-2 weeks.

At Alexis Aesthetic  we use the latest techknowledge from Vaser liposuction, also called LipoSelection, this is another alternate technology to traditional liposuction. Vaser ultrasonic liposuction is still a process by which fatty deposits are removed from beneath the skin to improve the aesthetics of a particular body part. Optimally, patients who are treated by Vaser liposuction are in good physical condition and are looking for a contouring or body sculpturing as opposed to using liposuction as a way to lose weight.
To see more on this treatment go to Vaser Liposuction