Many hair centers run by non-professionals and homeopaths as also some doctors predominantly dermatologists advocate mesotherapy for hair growth in androgenetic alopecia arguing that this is a safe procedure and promotes hair regrowth. How far is this true and is this procedure really safe?
To answer the above questions let us first understand what mesotherapy is. In this process a variety of so called “growth factors” which are essentially cocktails of natural plant extracts, homeopathic medications, vitamins, agents like minoxidil and finasteride and so on are injected into the scalp via a variety of methods. One of the most commonly used methods is application of a dermaroller comprising of hundreds of small needles to make small pores in the scalp whereby the cocktails are injected.
The US FDA has not approved mesotherapy as an accepted procedure for hair growth in patients with androgenetic alopecia. Also, this is listed as a Class B procedure in Singapore which implies that this has nearly no benefits. The evidence based medical literature does not talk about the benefits of mesotherapy rather the side effects are highlighted in more detail! Therefore, why should the general public be attracted to mesotherapy?
It is important to note that some short term effects of increased hair may be seen with mesotherapy particularly if finasteride and minoxidil have been used but these effects are short lasting and the androgenetic alopecia tends to progress irrespective of mesotherapy.
However, the application of dermaroller creates fine scarring in the scalp. As we all know scar tissue has less blood supply than normal scalp therefore a person who is going in for mesotherapy is actually trading thousands of scars for a treatment which has absolutely no benefit! Moreover, these scars can actually be a deterrent when a hair transplant is performed later on as the survival of the transplanted hairs is at stake because of the decreased blood supply.
Therefore, please note that at this point of time there is absolutely no scientific evidence that mesotherapy is of any benefit for hair regrowth in the long term. Rather, it has an array of side effects which can affect the results of hair transplant performed later on. Therefore, do not waste your precious earnings on a technique which will only provide you with side-effects, do not be lured into unethical advertisements promising you a miracle with mesotherapy.
This is a public awareness campaign and the views expressed are solely that of the author based on intensive research and patient experience. If you are convinced of the above mentioned facts by doing research in the web do not hesitate to spread this word to your friends, family members and colleagues.