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MESOTHERAPY FOR HAIR LOSS
Alopecia (hair loss) is a common problem that has affected both men and women for centuries. Androgenetic alopecia - the most common form of alopecia represents 95 % of all hair loss. Although this condition effects both men and women, men experience a much greater degree of loss eventually leading to baldness - also known as Male Pattern Baldness.
Developed by Dr. Michel Pistor of Paris, France in 1952, Mesotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure where a series of superfine injections comprising of vitamins, minerals and amino acid cocktails are delivered into the mesodermal (middle) layer of the skin - which can improve hair follicle health and encourage hair growth.
The mesodermal layer primarily comprises of the dermis, a layer of the skin which contains connective tissue (collagen and elastin), blood vessels, oil and sweat glands, nerves, hair follicles, and other structures. Studies have shown that delivery of active ingredients such as acetyl tetrapeptide - 3 into this layer along with topical vasodilators (minoxidil aka Rogaine) was superior compared to topical vasodilators alone with regard to increase in hair count, hair shaft diameter and patient satisfaction.
How does hair loss happen?
Although the cause of alopecia is still not fully understood, studies have shown that genetics, hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiencies as well as phyiscal & chemical stressors play an important role in hair loss. The 3 main changes noticed at the hair follicle of an individual experiencing hair loss were seen to be:
Increased Dihydro-testosterone (DHT): This shortens the growth phase of the hair follicle and leads miniaturization of the follicles.
Loss of Extra Cellular Matrix (ECM) protein renewal: ECM proteins such as collagen anchor the hair to the follicle. Loss of these proteins lead to follicle size reduction & loss of hair anchoring.
Inflammation: stressors such as environmental pollutants, climate, mental stress and aging lead to the formation of inflammatory cytokines (proteins) which degrade the ECM and in turn, the hair follicle.
How does Mesotherapy for Hair Loss work?
Mesotherapy uses a microneedling system to create superficial micro-channels in the skin through which active ingredients can be penetrated. These micro-channels absorb active ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, Acetyl tetrapeptide - 3, Biochanin A and other growth factors into the dermis. Biochanin A is an effective inhibitor of 5-α-reductase (an enzyme that naturally converts testosterone to DHT), thus modulating the conversion of testosterone to DHT and preventing miniaturization of hair follicles. Meanwhile, Acetyl tetrapeptide - 3 stimulates ECM tissue remodeling, allowing better hair anchoring and vitality.
How long do Mesotherapy take to show results?
Results vary depending on the condition being treated and the initial skin condition of the patient. On average, patients notice visible improvement in two to three sessions.
Does Mesotherapy hurt?
Mesotherapy is a well-tolerated, almost pain free treatment, thanks to the topical anesthetic that is applied on the treatment area 10 - 15 mins prior to treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
Mesotherapy for hair loss requires a series of 3-4 treatments weekly treatments initially, followed by an additional 3 - 4 bi-weekly sessions for best results.
How should I prepare for my Mesotherapy treatment?
We recommend our clients to temporarily discontinue any retinol, retinoids, vit A creams 3-5 days prior to the treatment. Additionally avoid any blood thinning medications or supplements such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), Gingko Biloba, or Ginseng 48 - 72 hrs prior to treatment. This will help minimize any bruising after the procedure. Protection of the skin again UV radiation immediately after treatment is very important to avoid any post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.
Does Mesotherapy for hair loss involve any downtime?
Mesotherapy on the scalp has no downtime. Most patients experience slight scalp soreness immediately post treatment, which should resolve within 24 hours without any intervention. Itchiness and flaking of the scalp may be experienced days after treatment. Use of a hydrating agent such as hyaluronic acid or hair oil (unscented) 24 hours after treatment can help reduce any itchiness or flaking.
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After 3 sessions + Minoxidil
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After 6 sessions + Minoxidil
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