If you Google the term 'mesotherapy for hair loss', you'll come across lots of information from hair loss clinics, singing the praises of this cosmetic treatment. Many promise amazing results at a much more affordable cost than surgical options.
What you WON'T come across, however, is any hard, credible evidence that it actually works!
On this page I'll take a closer look at what mesotherapy for hair loss involves, and what the medical profession has to say about it.
Note: this information is given for guidance purposes only. You should always consult a medical professional for advice about hair loss and the types of treatment available.
Mesotherapy is the administration of micro-injections to a particular part of the body. Its most common application is for weight loss and cellulite removal, where clients are given injections to problem areas, in order to 'melt fat' and to 'contour the body'.
It is also used to prevent the development of wrinkles, and sometimes to improve the appearance of aging skin.
With mesotherapy for hair loss, these tiny injections are given in the scalp - thus, 'mesotherapy' is a general term and not specific to hair loss treatments.
The word itself relates to the layer of skin into which the solution is injected - the 'mesoderm', or middle layer of skin.
Given the fact that these micro-injections are superficial - administered only into the skin - mesotherapy is a non-surgical treatment that can be easily carried out in a clinic, with the client able to immediately return to their daily activities.
The ingredients used in the injections vary...
... depending on the overall goal of the treatment (hair restoration, weight loss etc).
There is no 'standard' injection for the treatment of any condition. As far as hair loss therapies are concerned, the injections usually contain a 'cocktail' of ingredients believed to trigger hair growth. These tend to include a range of vitamins and minerals, plus medications such as minoxidil.
Clinics say that the treatments are tailored to meet the individual needs of clients and that they work by delivering medication to where it's most needed. They also suggest that the skin perforations created by the micro-injections trigger a process of healing. During this process, they say, the skin produces collagen and elastin, enhancing existing levels.
This type of therapy certainly sounds appealing.
It's painless and each session should take less than 30 minutes, with clients free to go about their day immediately following treatment. No dressing to the injection site is needed, and some clinics boast success rates of up to 90%!
Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it?
Well, you know what they say about that!
There are several points you might want to take into consideration if you've been thinking about mesotherapy as a way to tackle your thinning hair.
Although cheaper than some hair loss treatments, it can still be costly. Most salons suggest a minimum of 10 sessions, followed by maintenance every few months.
But - more importantly - there is NO firm evidence to prove that it works.
Despite extensive research, I have not been able to find any published, reliable studies stating that mesotherapy for hair loss is a viable treatment.
Of course, there are some treatments that hair loss sufferers have found helpful, but which don't have much support from the medical profession, (biotin springs to mind!).
But such treatments tend to be widely discussed online, particularly in forums where those with hair loss tend to share recommendations.
In the case of mesotherapy for hair loss, however, even this anecdotal evidence is lacking!
More worrying still is this article, published in 2010 in the International Journal of Trichology. The author expresses concern that the therapy has never been adequately researched and that there are no clear guidelines regarding the combination of ingredients given in the injections. He also reveals that the procedure could be harmful.
He describes one report documenting the development of alopecia in 2 patients following mesotherapy for hair loss, and another report of a client developing multiple abscesses after treatment.
The article concludes:
It's also worth noting that mesotherapy - for any purpose - is not approved by the FDA.
Whilst the clinic brochures may offer promising results, there is zero evidence that mesotherapy can help restore thinning hair to its former condition. Furthermore, the procedure may be harmful.
If you are experiencing hair loss, please do visit your doctor to establish the cause and discuss the most appropriate treatment. You may also like to visit our hair loss causes page for further information and suggestions on remedies that others have found helpful.
Then please do contact me and let me know your results, good or bad.