Some causes of hair loss include reduced blood circulation in the scalp, a lack of essential nutrients, and hormonal imbalances that affect hair follicles; such as excess production of the hair loss androgen DHT. Fortunately, mesotherapy can be used to target the aforementioned three areas, helping reduce hair loss while also stimulating new hair growth. Mesotherapy is a non invasive procedure whereby micro-injections are administered below the epidermal layer to reach targeted problem tissues. The perforations are superficial in nature, and mesotherapy targets the mesoderm, which consists of the middle layer of skin in the human body.
Interestingly, the amino acids, minerals, vitamins, co-enzymes, and nucleic acids administered to the patient can be completely customized according to the unique needs and preferences of the patient. Furthermore, the treatment is safe and painless, with no local anaesthesia or even dressing required before administered the micro-injections.
The Mechanisms of Mesotherapy
To further elaborate on the mechanisms of mesotherapy, the needle used to form micro perforations induce a healing reaction involving elastin and collagen. Elastin and collagen are essential skin catalysts that help produce new skin, and the added elastin and collagen created are added to existing collagen and elastin, as only superficial damage is induced by the microinjections. Furthermore, the chemical reactions that are triggered will depend on the unique needs of the patients. For instance, organic silicon can be administered if the patient suffers from excess inflammation. Coumarin may also be used if the patient suffers from poor circulation, as coumarin is a vasodilator.
Primary Ingredients Used in Mesotherapy
It is important to note that mesotherapy is a time release based delivery system that takes between ten to thirty minutes to complete, depending on the size of the area being treated. In addition, the active ingredients in mesotherapy are Biochanin A and Acetyl tetrapeptide-3. Biochanin A is a potent isoflavone that modulates testosterone-to-DHT conversion in people who suffer from male/female baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia. Moreover, it is derived organically from red clover and is used to treat various forms of cancer, as well as inflammatory disorders such as psoriasis and eczema.
As for Acetyl tetrapeptide-3, it stimulates anchoring proteins as well as the extra cellular matrix. It also stimulates hair growth, curbs hair loss, and reduces inflammation, as well as promote tissue remodelling that has a direct impact on hair follicles. The end result is larger hair follicles that have more vitality and augmented hair anchoring properties. In addition, a clinical study found a 156% increase in hair growth activity in mesotherapy recipients compared to a 52% increase in minoxidil users.
Mesotherapy Costs, Side Effects, and Effectiveness
Mesotherapy costs will vary depending on geographic region, the number of microinjections and sessions involved, and the medical care provider. In addition, side effects are rare, with the most common side effects being bruising-which usually heals within a week-and soreness in the scalp region; which generally dissipates after 24 to 48 hours.
Furthermore, the results of hair mesotherapy should be permanent under optimal conditions, with follow-ups and proper diet and exercise being recommended to help maintain the effectiveness of the treatments. Moreover, while most patients will notice visible results after two or three sessions, some patients have noticed marked improvements in their hair after only one session. However, in severe cases, patients may require up to 5 sessions, spread out over a 4 to 6 month period, to notice results. Finally, mesotherapy is highly recommended for men and women who suffer from androgenetic alopecia.
The most common symptoms of androgenetic alopecia are patchy hair loss, balding, and progressive hair thinning. Ideally, mesotherapy can serve as a safer, less expensive and less invasive alternative to hair transplant surgery. Please speak to your physician to decide if mesotherapy is right for you and what hair products are suitable to use along with it.