Written by Dr Branden Seow
Today, we shall delve into a very commonly asked question – What is the difference between Regenera and a hair transplant in Singapore?
Regenera Activa was first developed by a Spanish company. It is a hair treatment that uses autologous micrografts to stimulate hair growth. Regenera Activa works by extracting small hair follicles from the patient’s scalp, processing them, and then injecting them into areas of the scalp with thinning hair. The follicles are harvested using a specialized device that extracts small samples of skin tissue containing hair follicles. This process is called micrografting, and it is a highly precise and controlled procedure that maximizes the number of viable hair follicles that can be harvested.
The extracted follicles are then processed using a patented technology that breaks them down into microscopic particles. These particles contain essential growth factors and other elements that stimulate the production of new hair follicles and promote hair growth.
The final step of the procedure involves injecting the processed particles into areas of the scalp with thinning hair. The injection process is performed using a specialized needle that delivers the particles directly into the skin tissue.
The Regenera Activa treatment is suitable for anyone experiencing hair thinning or hair loss. It is usually more effective for those with early-stage male pattern or female pattern hair loss. The treatment can also be done post-hair transplant to improve overall result.
Advantages of Regenera
Regenera a non-invasive procedure that does not require surgery or general anesthesia. This makes it a safe and relatively painless treatment option. Additionally, Regenera Activa utilizes your own cells, which means it has no side effects or long-term risks. It can also be a bridging therapy while patients are still deciding on whether to go ahead for the hair transplant or not. Also, Regenera can be helpful for post-hair transplant patients as well in improving overall outcome.
Regenera Activa remains an effective treatment option for hair loss and thinning. However, the effectiveness of the treatment may vary depending on the individual’s age and the severity of their hair loss.
Hair transplant, on the other hand, is a surgical procedure that involves removing hair follicles from the donor area of the scalp, usually at the back of the head, and transplanting them to areas of the scalp with thinning or no hair. The procedure can be done using two techniques, Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) or Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). FUE involves removing individual hair follicles using a small punch tool, while FUT involves removing a strip of skin with hair follicles from the donor area. The hair transplant procedure is more invasive than Regenera and requires a longer recovery time.
While both procedures can effectively restore hair growth, hair transplant is typically recommended for individuals with advanced stages of hair loss, as it can provide more significant coverage and density. Regenera, on the other hand, is a better option for individuals with early stages of hair loss or thinning, as it can prevent further hair loss and promote new hair growth.
Also, for hair transplant, since it can cover larger areas of baldness, the number of hair follicles to be extracted from the back of the scalp to move to the bald areas is usually in the thousands, as compared to only ten to fifteen hair follicles for REGENERA.
Advantages of Hair Transplant
1. Permanent results: Hair transplant provides a more permanent solution for hair loss, as the transplanted hair follicles from the back of the scalp are relatively resistant to the hormone that causes hair loss, DHT. Once the transplanted hair follicles have taken root, they will continue to grow and provide coverage for the rest of the patient’s life.
2. Greater coverage: Hair transplant can provide greater coverage than Regenera, as it involves transplanting a larger number of hair follicles to the areas of the scalp with thinning or no hair. In contrast, it is futile to apply REGENERA on areas that are already bald because there are no hair follicles there to support in the first place.
3. Better density: Hair transplant can provide better density than Regenera, as it allows for the placement of hair follicles at a higher density, resulting in a more natural-looking hairline and overall appearance.
However, like any surgical procedure, hair transplant does carry some risks, when compared to REGENERA.
1. Infection: There are many more pokes to the scalp in hair transplant. As such, naturally speaking, the chance of infection is higher in hair transplant than REGENERA. This risk can be minimized by following proper post-operative care instructions and keeping the scalp clean and dry and taking oral antibiotics.
2. Bleeding: Again, there are more wounds in hair transplant than REGENERA, naturally speaking, there is usually slightly more post procedure bleeding in hair transplant than REGENRA. However, for both procedures, after a day of dressing, the bleeding will stop.
3. Numbness or tingling: Some patients may experience numbness or tingling in the scalp following a hair transplant. This will usually get better over time.
In conclusion, both Regenera and hair transplant are good hair restoration procedures, but they differ in their approach and technique. Regenera is relatively less invasive than hair transplant and is recommended for individuals with early stages of hair loss, while hair transplant is a better option for individuals with advanced stages of hair loss who require more significant coverage and density. Both has its own risks and benefits. Come by The Clifford Clinic to have a word with one of our aesthetic doctors.