Mesotherapy treatment is enjoying phenomenal success right now. It’s not a new treatment; it’s been used in the aesthetics business for many years for facial rejuvenation and helping people with weight issues. Recently, however, it has been getting rave reviews for its contribution to the battle against hair loss. That’s one reason why the global mesotherapy market is going through the roof. Just over a year ago, the market research company Coherent Market Insights (CMI) published a report predicting that demand for mesotherapy treatment would rise to over US$ 968.4 million around the world, a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 8.1%. That’s a lot of treatments!
This article will take a closer look at mesotherapy and examine why it is so popular. Keep scrolling to learn more!
What is Mesotherapy Treatment?
Mesotherapy treatment was developed in the 1950s by a French doctor, Michel Pistor. It involves the injection of allopathic or homoeopathic medicines into the skin around the problem area using very fine needles. As mentioned above, it has been used successfully in the aesthetics field. It has also proved effective in relieving pain and treating injuries by tackling poor circulation and inflammation.
There is no standard mesotherapy solution. The content varies depending on what is being treated and who is administering the procedure. Contents can include prescription medicines such as vasodilators and antibiotics, as well as a host of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, hormones and plant extracts.
Mesotherapy is a safe treatment with few recorded side effects, although anyone with hypertension, diabetes or any condition that requires a course of antibiotics should check with their doctor first. Additionally, clients preparing for mesotherapy treatment should avoid taking aspirin and other anti-inflammatory medication for a week or so before the treatment, as these increase the risk of bleeding during the procedure. The procedure is non-invasive, so downtime is minimal. Most people go back to their usual activities almost immediately.
Mesotherapy and Hair Loss
Most recently, mesotherapy has been used to treat hair loss with some impressive results. The solution is injected into the mesodermal layer of the balding area. This gives mesotherapy an advantage over oral or topical medications, as the hair follicles receive a direct infusion of the medication. The treatment works by improving blood flow to the scalp. This means that the hair follicles receive more of the essential nutrients they need to produce healthy hair. The oxygen supply to the hair follicles is also enhanced.
That’s not where the benefits of mesotherapy end. The treatment also battles hair loss by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, thus improving the elasticity of the scalp. This is crucial if further hair loss is to be avoided; research has shown that skin and hair follicle ageing are linked, so anything that helps retain skin elasticity is to be welcomed.
Treatment with mesotherapy usually takes the form of several sessions spaced out over a few months. This conforms to Michel Pistor’s dictum that mesotherapy should be administered “Little, rarely and in the right place.” Results are impressive and compare favourably when set against the outcomes produced by courses of oral medications like Minoxidil or Finasteride.
Mesotherapy is not a painful procedure, but a local anaesthetic can be applied to make the experience even more comfortable. It’s also a flexible treatment. It can be used as a standalone procedure or in conjunction with other hair restoration treatments. To give just a single example, mesotherapy is frequently used as a complementary treatment following a Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant. It provides the grafted follicles with the best possible chance of producing thick, healthy strands and reduces the chances of transplant failure.
It is the flexibility, lack of downtime and relative cheapness of the procedure that perhaps explains the explosion in popularity of mesotherapy as a hair loss treatment. It’s also possible that its previous history and continued use as an aesthetic treatment and pain relief procedure have helped. Unlike some innovative new treatments on the market, it doesn’t have a ‘credibility barrier’ to overcome. People already know what it does and trust in its efficacy and safety.
While mesotherapy treatment has long been recognised for its healing qualities and aesthetic benefits, it could be that its effectiveness in fighting hair loss will soon mean that its primary use will be in the field of hair restoration. Watch this space!
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