What Are The Side Effects to Hair Loss Treatments?

18 November, 2021

Many of us desire a healthy hairline and thicker hair density, and in Singapore, many individuals achieve this by seeking professional help and going for hair loss or scalp treatments. Yet, very few ask themselves, “What are the side effects to hair loss treatments?

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Besides the standard surgical solutions (e.g., hair transplants), there are any number of non-surgical hair loss or scalp treatments in Singapore that address specific types of hair loss. The downside is that we may get blinded by the expected results of the treatment that we forget to consider the side effects.

It is very important to know just what these side effects might be, as these can help you set realistic expectations of the outcome of your hair loss treatment.

What types of problems do hair loss treatments address?

Generally, a good hair loss treatment in Singapore can help to address typical hair loss patterns such as male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia), female pattern hair loss, traction alopecia, or telogen effluvium, among others.

If you are looking for a hair loss treatment or decide to look up for the nearest hair loss centre by Googling “nearest hair loss treatment in Serangoon”, stop in your tracks. Not all hair loss treatments offer the best results for your scalp type.

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Hair salons that offer scalp treatments may provide temporary relief to dry or itchy scalps that last up until the next scheduled appointment, however, not all salon scalp or hair treatments may be suited for your scalp type. To properly address your hair loss issues and achieve healthier hair, it is important to note three things: 

  • The credentials of the hair salon or hair loss center
  • Online reviews of the hair loss treatments and the staff
  • The potential side effects to the hair loss treatments

In Singapore, it is necessary to inform customers of any risks or side effects that a hair loss treatment may pose. If these are not already indicated on the salon or center’s website, be sure to ask the hair or scalp expert who is attending to you to get a better understanding of what to expect.

What are the side effects to look out for in hair loss treatments?

Will your scalp be visibly red after the treatment? What about hair fall? What can you expect to see or raise concerns about post-treatment? These, and other signs, are important things to look out for before going for a hair loss treatment.

Side effects typically include unwanted adverse reactions to either the substances used in the process or to the mode of treatment itself. The more common types of hair fall treatments such as scalp injections, microneedling, or even LED therapy for hair loss each have different side effects.

Scalp injections: What are the side effects?

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Scalp injections, such as PRP therapy for hair loss, should only be carried out by aesthetic doctors who are board-certified to perform minimally invasive treatments on the scalp or skin. PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, has been well-established to repair or heal injuries in muscles and ligaments, and in recent years, have been adapted to reverse the signs of hair loss.

As a minimally invasive treatment, the side effects here generally include scarring, redness, or swelling at the injection sites. If performed well, the risk of these side effects is kept to a minimum.

Microneedling: What are the side effects?

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Microneedling involves using microneedles to deliver active ingredients to the dermis. By providing added nourishment, this treatment can help to create an ideal environment for the hair to strengthen and grown in density, effectively reverting the signs of hair loss.

Side effects can include redness, slight swelling, or minimal scarring, as the procedure uses needles to puncture the skin to administer the ingredients. The potential risk for side effects can be mitigated through proper aftercare, so you will considerably be less likely to experience the side effects listed above.

Low-level laser therapy: What are the side effects?

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Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) uses advanced LED energy to stimulate the rejuvenation of the hair follicles, encouraging oxygen intake and leveraging the body’s natural healing processes. This non-painful form of treatment provides long-lasting results, without requiring an invasive procedure.

The possible side effects include redness or itching around the scalp, as an adverse reaction. While the risk is possible, as with any cosmetic treatment, the chances are significantly reduced when performed by highly trained scalp experts. This way, you can rest assured that you receive the safest and most effective solutions to your concerns.

What about hair loss medication?

Topical medication for hair loss or hair thinning, such as Minoxidil or Rogaine comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages, with the added risk of allergic reactions. Self-administered medication can be dangerous as certain individuals may find themselves allergic to one or more of the ingredients in the medication.

If you are unsure about the effectiveness of a hair loss product, trying multiple forms of treatments can prove itself more expensive than a professional assessment, which will accurately determine the ideal treatment to promote hair growth.

Ultimately, the best option is to visit a dedicated hair loss center with a proven and consistent track record of successful treatments to solve your hair loss concerns. This will not only minimize the risk of unwanted side effects, but will also increase the chances for an effective treatment that gives you the results you desire.

How Papilla Haircare can help you

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At Papilla Haircare, our scalp experts deliver innovative and non-surgical hair loss solutions that match your scalp type and problem, thus eliminating unnecessary surgical risks and significantly reducing potential side effects such as redness, swelling, or bruising on the scalp.

The non-invasive nature of most of our treatments also helps to reassure clients of its safety, and our hair loss solutions are medically backed by doctors and surgeons, thus ensuring their effectiveness and success rate to help you restore your hair health.

Looking for a hair loss treatment in Serangoon or in the heart of Orchard? Take the first step in your hair regrowth journey and talk to our friendly scalp care experts today.