Approximately 40% of men have visible signs of hair loss by the time they're 35, and surprisingly women aren't too far behind. By the age of 60, approximately 80% of women suffer from noticeable hair loss. So, it's no surprise that the hair loss industry pulls in billions of dollars in revenue each year. The surprising thing is that most of the treatments and products on the market are useless. Every once in awhile, there is a new treatment that inspires hope in every hair loss sufferers thinning follicles. In this article, we discuss a new procedure called mesotherapy, and whether it can be useful in treating genetic hair loss.
What Is Mesotherapy?
Mesotherapy is a procedure that hair transplant surgeons use to inject vitamins, enzymes, and growth factors into their patient's scalp to rejuvenate thinning hair follicles. A French doctor named Michael Pistor developed the procedure in the early 1950s. It has gained popularity in recent years. Mesotherapy treats a variety of cosmetic conditions including, wrinkles, cellulite, tightening skin, and hair loss.
The procedure uses fine needles to deliver multiple injections into the mesoderm layer of the skin; mesoderm refers to the middle layer of the skin. Many believe that mesotherapy improves blood circulation and reduces inflammation. The popular, topical drug Rogaine (minoxidil), works by improving blood circulation to the scalp, which is why some believe it is effective in treating hereditary hair loss.
Is There Any Proof That Mesotherapy Works For Hair Loss?
One study published in the International Journal of Trichology compared mesotherapy to 5% minoxidil in a randomized controlled trial. Minoxidil is approved by the FDA to treat genetic hair loss, and 5% is the recommended dosage. The study consisted of 49 men who suffered from androgenic alopecia (genetic hair loss). The men were in two groups. Group A was the mesotherapy group, and group B was the minoxidil group. There were 25 men in group A and 24 men in group B.
The men in group A received eight sessions of intralesional mesosolution with micro-needling. Group B received 5% minoxidil twice daily for four months. The results were evaluated at baseline and monthly in a four-month timeframe. At the end of the trial, the researchers only observed one significant difference in the two groups, and that was the size of the hair shaft diameter (hair thickness). The researchers concluded that all of the other parameters were insignificant, and the treatment of mesotherapy was no better than minoxidil for the treatment of male pattern baldness.
The price of minoxidil is significantly lower than a session of mesotherapy. For that reason alone, it is best to stick to minoxidil. That said, more studies need to be done with a larger pool to compare the two treatments definitively, but unproven procedures with hefty price tags are usually not the best idea. The two proven and effective therapies are Propecia (finasteride) and Rogaine (minoxidil); both medications are relatively cheap in comparison.
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