Hair Loss Can Be Managed with a Variety of Therapies
No one likes to look in a mirror and realize that their hair is thinning or – worse yet – disappearing. While some baldness seems to be evident as an individual ages, premature baldness in both men and women, as well as baldness caused by a disease or disorder, is a startling and unsettling problem for many. After all, baldness makes us look older than we are, and that’s something most of us are trying to avoid.
As such, more and more individuals are seeking aesthetic treatments for hair loss, whether the loss is a result of male or female pattern baldness or because of diseases such as alopecia areata, scarring alopecia, or perhaps a result of certain medications.
Women, especially, are disturbed by hair loss and can reap a lot of comfort from treatments that restore at least some of their hair.
There are indeed medications that have shown to be quite successful in stimulating the regrowth of hair.
These days, doctors have had a lot of success with minoxidil, which has been around for a while and is the main ingredient in Rogaine™. It has been shown to slow hair loss and helps with regrowth in some – but not all – users.
However, the success rate has indeed been pretty impressive with studies indicating “superior” results in clinical trials involving both men and women. Furthermore, there are no significant adverse effects associated with its use.
Another drug that shows promise is finasteride, sometimes prescribed to combat male pattern baldness. It blocks the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, the compound responsible for baldness in men. Very positive results are seen after long-term use of around 2 years.
Most aestheticians are familiar with mesotherapy and usually recommend it as a way to combat aging skin. However, this technique is gaining popularity as a technique for tackling hair loss among both sexes.
Pam Cushing, aesthetic nurse prescriber and vice president of the Society of Mesotherapy UK, notes that the technique can be performed with a variety of types of products.
“We could use platelet-rich plasma (PRP), pule hyaluronic acid, or cocktails that contain natural products that would stimulate the hair to thicken by feeding the bulb of the hair follicle,” she explains, adding that the “cocktails” would include pre-mixed ingredients that would be injected into the scalp via very small microinjections that aren’t painful.
Such a cocktail might include one of the two previously-mentioned medications – monoxidil or finasteride – as well as certain vitamins or vitamin complexes; trace elements like cobalt, magnesium, zinc, and others; nutritional drugs such as silicon or centella asiatica; the hormone known as calcitonin; and an anesthetic to numb the area.
Usually, practitioners recommend one treatment a month for three months, after which time studies have shown that patients should begin to see results.
Though scientific studies are not yet abundant, those what were conducted showed success in treating overall acute diffuse hair loss as well as stress alopecia, androgenetic hair loss, alopecia areata, and telogen effluvium – hair loss that occurs when follicles maintain a “resting” state and stop producing hair.
For more information about using mesotherapy for hair loss therapy, talk to your aesthetician. It may be the answer for you. Practitioners caution patients, however, about unreasonable expectations – like growing a full head of healthy hair in just a few months – so be sure to speak frankly about expected results before you schedule your first treatment.