Can autologous mesotherapy be used in conjunction with other hair loss treatments?
Absolutely, because its mechanism of action is different and when used in combination with a DHT blocker, Rogaine or photo therapy it seems to have synergistic effect.
Is autologous mesotherapy equally effective in both men and women?
Thus far there have been positive results in both men and women. Because females have less treatment options, females experience less shedding within a few weeks and an improved character to their hair sooner than males because most males having autologous mesotherapy done are already on other FDA approved therapies. Most patients both male and female report an improvement in hair character.
Is it normal for shedding after autologous mesotherapy treatment?
It is not unusual for shedding to continue or even increase when first starting a treatment for hair loss be it Rogaine, Finasteride or autologous mesotherapy. Hair follicles may increase in growth rate or increase diameter a little while in the growing stage, but it is not possible for hair to undergo a noticeable change in size during this stage. The reason for this is that the follicles must go into dormancy or the telogen “resting” phase so it can begin to restructure its processes to produce a thicker, stronger hair.
What type of hair loss can be treated using this therapy?
While the treatment is still considered experimental, improvement in hair character, decreased shedding, and increased aesthetic hair density has been seen in Androgenic Alopecia and Telogen Effluvium. There are no permanent treatments for Alopecia Areata, but autologous mesotherapy is being used as treatment option and demonstrated growth in some of these patients.
How long will it take before results can be seen?
Results are seen within two months. Less shedding of hair has been observed in less than one month with peak effect coming at four months to 6 months.
How long does the treatment take to perform?
The treatment takes about 45minutes from the time of the initial blood draw for processing to the end of the procedure. There is no down time and you may shampoo your hair the following day. Other than avoiding aspirin type products there is no follow up care.
Is it necessary to have more than one treatment?
Yes, it is and like any treatment therapy for hair once you stop the treatment your hair will revert back to where it was before treatment.
How often does this treatment have to be repeated?
There is a bell shaped curve effect with autologous mesotherapy and one treatment seems to last up to 10 to12 months, however it is possible to have treatments done prior to that time without any problem.
Does it hurt?
The only pain you will experience is mild because the treatment area is numbed with local anesthesia.
What type of aftercare is required?
The beauty of the treatment is that no after care is required other than shampooing your hair the next day. It is not necessary to sleep in any particular position or refrain from any normal activity.
How quickly can I resume my normal activities?
Most patients can fly the same day of the treatment it is not necessary to avoid physical activity or miss work.
Is autologous mesotherapy Approved by the United States FDA?
The use of autologous mesotherapy in the United States as part of Hair Transplantation does not require FDA approval, just as the use of blood transfusion during or after surgery does not require FDA approval. Use of autologous mesotherapy as part of the surgical treatment is defined as a procedure and is not subject to FDA regulations.