HypodermicNeedlesActually, mesotherapy as a treatment has been commonly practiced by doctors in Europe and South America since the 1960s, and Dr Michel Pistor first used the treatment in France to manage a chronic asthma sufferer’s condition in the 50s. In fact the French even have a Society of Mesotherapy and it has been recognised as a specialty of medicine in France since 1987.

What is mesotherapy?

The mesoderm is the middle layer of skin, just a millimetre below the surface of the skin, and the injection of various nutrients into this layer (nutrients that have been carefully balanced to suit the individual patient’s needs) using microinjections is believed to improve blood circulation and alleviate various ailments, including hair loss.

Why is mesotherapy good for hair loss?

By making a series of microinjections into a scalp that is presenting with reduced hair growth, nutrients will access the hair follicle rapidly, interfere with the impact of dihydrotestosterone (DHT – a by-product of testosterone which suppresses hair growth), and stimulate blood flow in the scalp.

Because it has direct access to the follicles, it is more effective than oral treatments which have reduced impact because they must go through the digestive system before reaching the blood stream; and it is more effective than topical treatments too, which are more slowly absorbed into the follicles and capillaries through all the layers of skin.

What is contained in the solution that is injected during mesotherapy?

Acetyl tetrapeptide will reduce inflammation, increase the size of the hair follicle, and enable new hair to develop strong and well-anchored roots in the follicle, so that it may grow in thick and healthy.

Biochanin A, derived from red clover, is a natural compound which was originally developed to treat asthma, cancer, eczema, and psoriasis. It also interferes with the conversion of testosterone to DHT and therefore slows the progress of androgenetic alopecia.

How long does the treatment take?

A recommended course of treatment for hair loss is usually one half-hour course of microinjections per week for at least ten weeks. Some discomfort may be experienced but injections are so tiny that pain is not usually experienced. However, maintenance treatments are necessary to maintain the health of the follicles.

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