Weak Erection & Erectile Dysfunction? – Improve Erection without pills

One of the main reasons why men have weaker erections is due to poor blood flow into the penis. Blood flow may diminish due to chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension. Other contributing factors include smoking, stress or the effects of ageing. With poorer blood flow, the erections becoming weaker and may not be able to sustain as long as before.

Typically, men will be popping pills or medications that help to increase blood flow to the penis like Sildenafil or Tadalafil. However, these medications do have their side effects and it can be a bit troublesome to have to rely on them for results.
With Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT), it gives men hope for better erections without having to rely on pills.

How Does Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) work?

ESWT involves the use of painless, low-energy shockwaves to improve tissue and blood vessels in the body.
The handheld device is applied to the penile muscles and gentle shockwaves are sent to the treatment area.
Delivery of these shockwaves causes new blood vessels to form and thus improving blood flow and circulation to the penis. This, in turn, will improve erection in terms of strength, hardness, and also sustainability.
For men who do not have erectile issues, they may benefit from a single session as well. This is called Penile Rejuvenation.

FAQs:

Is it safe?

Yes ESWT is safe, painless, no downtime and no recovery needed.

How many sessions do I need?

If you have erectile dysfunction, you will need 6 sessions. If you just need a booster or enhancement, you only need a single session.

How much does each session cost?

Each session costs $400.

Are there any criteria for this treatment to be effective?

There are no specific requirements for this treatment. As long as you want a better and stronger erection, you will benefit from ESWT.
Do speak to your doctor to find out if ESWT is suitable for you.

ESWT is available in both our Novena & Somerset Men’s Clinic, please call us or email us at hello@dtapclinic.com for an appointment.

Take Care!


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Why Mixing Poppers and Viagra is Dangerous

This article does not imply in any way that we condone the use of poppers or any recreational drugs. It is to highlight the dangers of recreational drug use, especially when combined with prescription medicines like Viagra.

Erectile Dysfunction and Viagra, Cialis and Levitra
Around the world, there is an increasing number of people seeking medical help for erectile dysfunction. This has led to an increase in sales of drugs such as Viagra, Cialis and Levitra which have been improving the lives of many men affected by the condition. However, there is a smaller population that consume drugs like Viagra recreationally, which has raised concerns and is increasing in consumers.
Viagra has always been coming more popular at “bathhouse” and “house parties. The issue usually arises when consumers start mixing it with other party drugs such as ecstasy, GHB, amphetamine and many more. A more common combination used is Viagra taken with amyl nitrites, which is also known as “poppers”. These days, poppers may consist of assorted alkyl nitrites, mostly isopropyl nitrate and isobutyl nitrate.
Viagra alone, based on its mechanism of action, can cause the blood pressure to drop. Usually, this happens minimally in a young and healthy patient. However, when another blood pressure lowering drug is taken with it, this can cause a further drop in blood pressure. Unfortunately, poppers are one of those drugs and can lead to a deadly drop in blood pressure when consumed with Viagra.

Viagra and Poppers

Besides that, the combination of Viagra and poppers or any drug that lowers inhibitions) have been shown to increase the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease thru a few reasons:

  • Consumers can sustain more and longer sexual encounters. This is why it is common in “Party and Play” which leads to multiple partners
  • Decreased inhibitions which may potentially lead to risky sexual practices
  • Poppers itself dilates blood vessels in the anal canal and along with decreased pain sensation, which allows a person to participate longer in anal intercourse, will potentially result in more bleeding. This will definitely increase the risk of transmitting HIV and STD.

Poppers and Health Risk

It is recommended to avoid taking recreational drugs like Viagra and poppers. These are tips you can follow to prevent yourself from getting into medical problems :
1.) Avoid taking Viagra and poppers together. (If consumed less than 24 hours apart it can lead to a significant drop in blood pressure)
2.) Never ingest Poppers. If you have already done so, please present to an Emergency Department.
3.) If your nose is stuffed, do not forcefully snort. This can cause ear and sinus problems.
4.) Poppers are highly flammable. Unless you have firemen in your room, keep them away from the fire.
5.) Avoid taking Viagra and poppers if you have a heart condition or any other significant medical conditions.
Like I said earlier poppers can cause disinhibition and impair your judgement so remember CONDOMS, CONDOMS and CONDOMS. Do not forget Lube!

Take Care!

We are against the use of any kind of recreational drugs in any form. They are dangerous and can even be deadly. The punishments for using or possessing recreational drugs in Singapore are extremely harsh and may even include the death penalty. DO NOT USE DRUGS.
We also do not condone the use of prescription drugs without a proper and formal consultation with a doctor.

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10 Ways to Improve Sexual Performance for Men

Sex has always been a very important thing to men and sexual performance is strongly linked to one’s manliness. However, as we age, just as other bodily functions, sexual performance may also not be as great as before.

So here are 10 ways you can do to improve sexual performance for men.

#1 Work it!

Exercise helps to boost blood circulation, improve stamina and endurance. It is also proven to improve libido and with better strength and flexibility, sex will be so much more enjoyable for both you and your partner.

#2 Smoke-out – Stop smoking

One of a way to improve sexual performance is by cutting down your cigarette. If you’re smoking, try to quit.
Smoking will impair blood circulation and may cause erectile dysfunction or weaker erections.
Smoking also reduces endurance, stamina and may affect sex drive.

#3 Be Zen

Manage your stress. With our current hectic lifestyle, constant deadlines, constantly rushing from one place to another, stress has become one of the top causes of many medical conditions.
One of the man that it can cause, a weaker erection, lower testosterone levels, drop in sex drive, fatigue. We may not be able to eliminate stress totally from our lives, but we need to learn how to manage them positively.
Find time for your hobbies, for socialising, for personal time etc. Manage your stress before it manages you.

#4 Sober up

A glass of wine may be good for you, but drinking bottles and bottles of beer is too much. Try to cut down on alcohol consumption.
It will reduce blood flow to the penis hence causing weaker erections. It also impairs your sense of judgment so you won’t be able to be as good in bed as you’d like to be.

#5 Eat clean

One of the ways to increase sexual performance is nutrition and diet.
Healthy eating is not just about looking slim and fit. A proper diet also affects a lot of your bodily functions including sexual health.
Eating certain foods like pomegranates, salmon and avocado are good for blood circulation and libido.
You also got to admit, when you’re slim, fit and sexy, sex is definitely more enjoyable for both parties.

#6 Let’s foreplay

Sexual performance is not just about the deed.
For most men, that may be the case, but for women, the foreplay is as important if not, more than the penetration.
It sets them up to work towards achieving orgasms and ultimately climaxing towards sexual euphoria.
This is what bring you closer to Sex God status.

# 7 Have a cuppa

A recent study by the University of Texas showed that men who drink 2-3 cups of Coffee a day are less likely to complain of erectile issues.
Caffeine has properties similar to Erectile Dysfunction drugs like Viagra, says study coauthor Run Wang, M.D.
The stimulant triggers a series of effects that cause the arteries in your penis to relax and your blood flow to increase, both are important for a strong erection (and improve your sexual performance).

#8 Snooze more

A good night’s sleep is so important for overall health. It is also important for sexual health.
In fact it works both ways. Lack of sleep may affect sexual performance and lack of sex may affect sleep.
A good night sleep does improve libido and sex drive while regular sex helps give you a good night sleep.
So make sure you get at least 6-8 hours of quality sleep.

#9 Practice makes perfect

One of the ways to improve sexual performance is by practising it.
Just like any sport, you will only get better with practice.
Do it regularly. Explore more ways to make your partner excited and satisfied. And enjoy it.

#10 Zap it

Recent studies have shown that applying shockwave therapy to the penis (penile rejuvenation) can improve erectile function and improve sexual performance.
Shockwave therapy uses energy from acoustic waves to trigger a process called neovascularisation. This is the formation of new blood vessels. This helps to improve blood flow to the region.
Clinical trials of shockwave therapy have had encouraging results. The process is painless and has no side effects or downtime whatsoever.
Many men have found that their erections have improved. We also found that even if you don’t have erectile dysfunction, this therapy may further enhance the hardness, girth and strength of your erection. This service is available at our Somerset branch. If you like to know more about this drop us an email at hello@dtapclinic.com

That’s All Folks!


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Penile Rejuvenation in Singapore

Our body ages, that is an undeniable fact. Our skin gets saggy, our muscles get weaker, our blood vessels get stiffer – basically ageing.
We do whatever we can to slow down this inevitable march towards geriatrics.
We eat healthily, we take vitamins and antioxidants, we exercise regularly, we use skin products, we go for facials etc.
As life expectancy increases and lifestyles change, preserving a healthy sexual function has become more important for both men and women alike. Vaginal rejuvenation treatments including creams and laser therapies have always been available. But only recently, penis rejuvenation treatments started gaining popularity.
Nowadays many men realize that they should not wait until they suffer from erection problems or wait until their partners start to complain before they seek help. Just like everything else we do to maintain ourselves, maintaining a healthy penis function has become a priority. As they say, prevention is better than cure.
Penile rejuvenation is for people without any problems with their erection but who just want to preserve what they currently have or perhaps make it just that little bit better.

Things to do to maintain your penis health

1. Regular exercise

Yes. In spite of how trite and boring this sounds, regular exercise will help with blood flow all around the body including where it matters most for men.

2. Do not smoke


Smoking damages your blood vessels. That is how it increases the risk of strokes and heart attacks. However, years before the blood vessels in the heart or brain gets affected, the blood vessels in the penis will get affected.

3. Regular Erections

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The penis, just like any other organ, needs fresh blood flow to be healthy. Blood brings oxygen and all sorts of great nutrients that organs need. The body naturally has erections while you sleep exactly for this purpose. So it is truly a maxim of use it or loses it.

4.) Penile Rejuvenation Treatments

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Penis rejuvenation treatments are aimed at maintaining the health of the erectile tissue within the penis (corpus cavernosa) and the blood vessels within the penis. This maintains not only a healthy function of the penis but also prevents shrinkage of the penis due to tissue atrophy.
The most popular form of penile rejuvenation is using Low-Intensity Waves (also known as GAINSwave) to stimulate the penis tissue. This is a painless therapy that takes only about 20 minutes. There is no downtime. You can resume your normal activities immediately after treatment. There are no side effects. Most people only require a single session. This service is available at our Somerset branch. If you like to know more about this drop us an email at hello@dtapclinic.com

That’s all Guys! Be Nice. 


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Is Premature Ejaculation a Problem?

Too Fast? Too Slow?

Premature ejaculation or PE occurs when a man reaches orgasm and ejaculates with minimal stimulation or within a very short period of time.
There is no uniform cut-off timing for what constitutes as PE, and in the past, most experts would agree that last less than one minute is a cause for concern.
However, newer guidelines suggest that any man who feels they do not have control over when he ejaculates and that it causes distress to him and his partner can be considered to have premature ejaculation.

Is Premature Ejaculation a Problem?

Of course, Premature Ejaculation is a real problem if:

  • It is causing or arising from inter-personal relationship problems.
  • It is causing or arising from psychological issues like anxiety and depression.
  • It is a sign of hidden erectile dysfunction (ED).
  • It is due to a low serum Testosterone level.
  • It is a sign of an underlying medical disease.
  • It is due to stopping a drug.
  • It is severe enough to affect fertility.

Sometimes premature ejaculation may be caused or worsened by other conditions, such as anxiety and depression, erectile dysfunction, prostatitis and testosterone deficiency.
These conditions will be assessed with a clinical history and may need further investigation if appropriate.

Is there any treatment for Premature Ejaculation?

There are several options for treatment of premature ejaculation, although a combination of certain medication and non-pharmacological treatments often give the best results.

If you think that you or your partner may be suffering from premature ejaculation, please visit our Men’s Clinics for a thorough evaluation and discussion on Premature Ejaculation Treatment options.

Take Care!


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What Are the Top 7 Reason Men Undergo Circumcision?

Circumcision has always been a hot topic for discussion. Some are against it, and some are for it. One thing for sure is that it has a lot of benefits.
Circumcision is a medical procedure for foreskin removal.
I will be sharing with you the Top 7 Reasons of circumcision so that you can make your own decision if it is something suitable for you.

Better Hygiene

The presence of the foreskin increases moisture and warmth around the penis. And this promotes the collection of smegma which is a combination of shed skin cells, skin oils, and moisture.
When accumulated, it will contribute to a foul odour and leads to poor hygiene.
When circumcised, they won’t be any more space for the smegma to accumulate.
So your penis will have better hygiene and even smell better.

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Reduce Risk of Balanitis


Balanitis is an infection of the penis tip and foreskin. It is most commonly caused by Candida which is a type of yeast.
It’s uncomfortable and irritating and for some people, they get infected multiple times.
When you’re circumcised, you have an almost negligible risk of getting balanitis.
Saves you the trip to the doctors and the money to see one.

Reduce the risk of STDs and HIV

In Africa, adult circumcision is advocated in order to bring down the HIV epidemic.
Some STDs are treatable (see STD treatments) however HIV is not (see HIV Management).
If you can further reduce the risk of contracting this deadly disease, why not?

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Prevent cancer

Circumcision is also associated with a lower risk of getting penile cancer, and reduced risk of cervical cancer in their partners.
You’re not only saving yourself but also your partner. It’s a win-win!

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Less UTIs

Bacteria usually cause UTI’s or urinary tract infection.
Symptoms include painful urination and or blood in the urine. It’s very annoying to have.
Will be quite useful to have one less disease to be worried about.

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Better Sex

Nowadays many women prefer men who are circumcised or cut. There are various reasons for this. Some like the appearance and find it a turn on.
Some love it that it is cleaner and smells better and it makes them feel more comfortable during sex. And of course, when you are circumcised you won’t have pain during intercourse. Which could be due to a tight foreskin or from paraphimosis.
Paraphimosis is a condition where the foreskin gets stuck below the head. It’s a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment.
Better sex is always a lovely bonus.

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Last longer in bed

With the foreskin removed, the head of the penis will get exposed all the time.
This will lead to keratinisation of the head. Hence it will desensitize it.
When more desensitized, it will help you last longer in bed. And now you’re gonna be a stud in the bedroom.

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That’s All Folks!
If you wish to know more about Adult Circumcision and How is it performed visit our Mens Health Page.


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What are the Cause of Foreskin Infection (Balanitis)?

What is Balanitis?

Balanitis is a common infection that affects the head of the penis and the foreskin.
It is more commonly seen in boys and men who are not circumcised.

What are the Signs & Symptoms of Balanitis?

The Common Symptoms of the infection of the Penis include a sore, itchy and smelly penis, redness and swelling, the build-up of thick fluid around your penis, and pain when peeing.

Phimosis can increase the risk of balanitis.
Some adults may also have a tight foreskin that is unable to be fully retracted. This is called phimosis and can increase the risk of balanitis.

What are the Causes of Balanitis?

Balanitis can be caused by poor hygiene.
This can lead to a build-up of Smegma is a buildup of dead skin cells, oil, and other fluids on the tip of the penis.
If left for prolonged periods it can lead to fungal and bacterial infections.

What are the Treatments of Balanitis?

You should see your doctor if you have persistent swelling, redness or irritation or if you have other accompanying symptoms like penile discharge or painful urination.
In most cases of balanitis are easily treated with good hygiene and creams and ointments recommended by your doctors.
Also, circumcision may be advised in recurrent cases of balanitis.
You can have sex during treatment if your balanitis isn’t caused by an infection.
But if it’s caused by an infection, like an STI or thrush, there’s a risk of passing this on.
Do consult any of our doctors if you are ever unsure of your symptoms so that we can do a proper examination and also to perform any lab tests if necessary.

If you wish to know more about Balanitis, please visit our Men’s clinics or drop us an email at hello@dtapclinic.com


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7 Testosterone Boosting Foods that You Can Find in the Supermarket

Testosterone. Testosterone. Testosterone.

Testosterone is produced by the gonads (by the Leydig cells in testes in men and by the ovaries in women). Present in much greater levels in men than women, testosterone initiates the development of the male internal and external reproductive organs during foetal development and is essential for the production of sperm in adult life. This hormone also signals your body to make new blood cells, ensures that muscles and bones stay strong during and after puberty and enhances libido (sex drive) both in men and women.
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#1 Oysters

Oysters are well-known aphrodisiacs.
It’s also a good source of zinc.
Zinc helps to boost your testosterone naturally. Yes, Zinc is a natural Testosterone Booster.

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#2 Pomegranate

This superfood has a lot of health benefits.
Other than boosting testosterone, it also helps reduce Blood Pressure, improve circulation and improve sperm quality.
It may not be cheap but it’s worth it.

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#3 Tuna

Tuna is a good source of protein.
On top of that, it is also a great source of vitamin D which helps to boost testosterone naturally.
Other than Tuna, other deep-sea fish like Salmon and mackerel also are good sources of Vitamin D.

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#4 Egg yolks

Egg yolks may have gotten a bad rep for cholesterol. However, the cholesterol from egg yolk is a precursor to testosterone in our body. So it’s very good to boost testosterone.
However, do take it in moderation as you wouldn’t want to take in too much cholesterol

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#5 Shellfish

Also notorious for increasing blood cholesterol, shellfish and crustaceans have a high level of zinc.
The Alaskan king crab has one of the highest: just 3 ounces of it contains 43% of your daily zinc requirement.
Once again, please take in moderation as too much may increase your cholesterol levels.

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#6 Beef

Different parts and cuts of beef have different benefits for Testosterone.
Beef liver is high in Vitamin D while Chuck Roast and Ground beef are high in zinc.
However, too much beef may increase cholesterol levels and increase the risk for colon cancer.

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#7 Milk

Milk is a good source of Vitamin D. It’s also a good source of protein and calcium.
Whatever food that you choose to take on a regular basis, just remember to take them in moderation.
Supplement with a healthy active lifestyle and do speak to your local doctor to see if what you are doing is enough.

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That’s All Folks!
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How is the Adult Circumcision (Foreskin Removal) Procedure Done?

What is Male Circumcision?

Male circumcision is the removal of the foreskin from the penis.

Why Do Some Some Adults Undergo Circumcision?

Circumcision for adults is a medical treatment option for patients with recurrent foreskin infections, phimosis (tight foreskin opening), and for religious reasons. Some choose to do it for aesthetic reasons. 

How is Circumcision Done?

In our clinics, we perform circumcision using the Shang Ring Method. A numbing cream will be applied to the foreskin and left for at least 30 minutes.
Once the skin is numb, the Shang Ring will be applied. The size of the ring will be measured prior to the procedure.
The foreskin will be clamped in between the inner and outer ring.
The excess skin will then be removed by surgical scissors. The ring will be left in place for one to two weeks.
After surgery, the patient will be prescribed oral painkillers and antibiotics.

What do you need to beware of After the circumcision procedure?

With the Shang Ring method, there is a very low risk of bleeding and infection.
Usually, the patient may experience some pain or discomfort during nocturnal or morning erections.
You can apply a frozen bag of peas on the penis when an erection occurs and if it causes a lot of pain.
You are advised to avoid any activities that may cause pressure or friction at the wound site for 2 weeks like strenuous physical activities or sexual intercourse.
It is advisable to wear brief or underwear to hold the penis up.
Usually, after 4 to 6 weeks, you can start being sexually active.
Also, a medical certificate is usually given for 1 to 2 weeks to recover.
That is everything there is to Adult Circumcision.

Should you require further information about the circumcision for the adult, please visit drop us an email at  hello@dtapclinic.com.

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What Causes Male Pattern Hair Loss (Androgenic Alopecia)

What is Male Pattern Hair Loss (Androgenic Alopecia)?

It is a very common form of hair loss which can affect up to 50% of men by age 50. It is usually inherited (meaning that your father or mother is likely to have it as well). It can start as early as after puberty in some cases.

What are the causes of Male Pattern Hair Loss (Androgenic Alopecia)?

In most cases, it is due to the genes you inherited from either your father or mother or both. Typically, if you are affected by the condition, the hair follicles start to shrink with time under the influence of male hormones.

and then what happens?

As the condition progress, the hair thickness also starts to become thinner and over time, the hair is lost.
In most cases, it starts with the recession of the hairline around the temples and also around the forehead area. Then hair around the top of the head (the crown) also becomes less. In time, the areas of baldness will join together. However, hair at the back of the head is usually not affected in this condition.
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Is male pattern hair loss only a cosmetic concern?

No. There are studies that show a link between those affected by the condition to be at higher risk of cardiovascular disease (i.e. hypertension, heart attacks, strokes)
Also, it is associated with benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH) which is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate, which can cause symptoms like, an increase in frequency to pass urine, waking up multiple times at night to pass urine and as a result affect the quality of your sleep.
In addition, it has been found in studies that men who use anabolic steroids are also associated with increased risk of the condition. Similarly, persons on testosterone replacement therapy for hypogonadism are at increased risk of the condition as well.
Some studies also found that increased levels of DHEA (another sex hormone ) or low levels of SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin) which in turn means that there is more free man hormones that your body can use are also associated with the condition as well.
There are also studies to show that there is a link between the condition and prostate cancer. A large Australian study suggests that loss of hair at the top of the head at age 40 may be an early marker of prostate cancer.

What are the available treatments for Male Pattern Hair Loss (Androgenic Alopecia)?

Medical Treatment for Male Pattern Hair Loss (Andorgenic Alopecia)

1. Topical Solution for Hair Loss

This Hair loss treatment works by slowing the shrinkage of the hair follicles
The Advantage of using  Topical Solution for Hair Loss

  • Simple to use
  • Apply on hair daily up to twice a day

The Disadvantage of using  Topical Solution for Hair Loss

  • Takes up to 6 months to notice the effect
  • Need to use it on a permanent basis as hair loss resumes after stopping
2. Oral Medication for Hair Loss

This Hair loss Treatment works by blocking the conversion of male hormones to DHT which causes shrinkage of the hair follicles
The Advantage of using Oral Medication for Hair Loss

  • Unlike lotion which only slows the shrinkage of hair follicles, it has been suggested that medication is able to reverse the shrinkage of hair follicles

The Disadvantage of using  Oral Medication for Hair Loss

  • In about 1-2% of men who take the medication, they reported a decrease in sex drive or erectile dysfunction.
  • A decrease in PSA levels which may cause an underestimation of risk of prostate cancer
  • Takes up to 6 months to notice effects
  • Need to use it on a permanent basis as hair loss resumes after stopping
3.) Hair Transplant for Hair Loss

Strips of hair from the back of your head are removed and then individually transplanted to the area of hair loss.
The Advantage of Hair Transplant

  • Can notice effect around 3 months

The Disadvantage of Hair Transplant

  • Downtime (recovery time after hair transplant)
  • Can take up to few hours for the procedure depending on the area that needs to be transplanted
  • Expensive (Average cost > $15,000)
  • Failure of the hair grafts may occur
4.) Regenera Activa for Hair Loss


Similar to hair transplant, hair from the back of the head is removed and then using a specialised machine, hair follicular units are harvested and then injected into the area of hair loss.
The Advantage of Regenera Activa

  • It has been approved by FDA for medical treatment
  • Much smaller area of hair (3 x 2.5 mm) needed to be removed from the back of the head compared to hair transplant
  • Can notice effect around 3 months
  • Faster than hair transplant procedure (generally takes about 30 mins)
  • No downtime
  • Cheaper than hair transplant
  • Last for 18 months to 24 months depending on individuals

Learn more about Regenera Activa Hair Loss Treatment.
Regenera Activa Male Pattern Hair Loss is only available in the following 4 Branches:

  • Dr Tan & Partners @Novena   (+65 6397 2095)
  • Dr Tan & Partners @DUO Galleria (+65 6976 5023)
  • Dr Tan & Partners @Siglap (+65 6962 2144)
  • Dr Tan & Partners @Holland V (+65 6235 1339)

If you think you may have male pattern hair loss, please speak to any of our friendly doctors at any of our clinics to discuss further, or Drop us an email at hello@dtapclinic.com