Mesotherapy with Dutasteride and home Led lamps. New in alopecia, baldness or common hair loss.
Mesotherapy with Dutasteride and the appearance of LED lamps for home use are the latest developments in the treatment of androgenetic alopecia in both men and women. These new treatments are added to existing treatments to combat common baldness or androgenetic alopecia, which is one of the most frequent causes of consultation with the dermatologist.
Androgenetic alopecia, or common baldness, is the most common form of alopecia and affects both men and women. It is due to the effect of hormones (androgens) on the hair root, which act by blocking their growth and causing them to become thinner each time. Unlike what many people think, in common baldness there does not have to be a greater hair loss. What happens is that with each capillary cycle where a new hair is formed, which pushes the previous one from below, and makes it fall, the new hair is thinner. Over the years, cycles are repeated, which make the hair thinner and thinner and become a microscopic hair that can not be seen.
The treatments for common baldness have evolved a lot in recent years.
Minoxidil in a treatment that has been on the market for many years, and its effectiveness is moderate, and varies greatly depending on each person. It consists of applying once or twice a lotion or foam on the scalp.
A few years ago it was discovered that a drug was given for people with prostate problems. It slowed hair loss, and even made new hair come out. It was about finasteride, and it meant a revolution in the treatment of common baldness. It works by blocking the action of hormones at the level of the hair root. The problem is that by blocking the effect of hormones on other tissues, it can have side effects. The most frequent side effects are the decrease of livid (sexual appetite in men and women), and sexual potency, even causing impotence in some men. These effects are reversible and disappear when leaving the drug.
Hair transplantation is a surgical technique that allows to transplant hairs from non-alopecia areas to hairless areas. Transplant techniques have evolved and improved a lot in recent years. Despite being an effective treatment must be associated with other treatments to prevent hairs that still persist do not atrophy.
After the finasteride appeared the Dutasteride, which is much more powerful, but that power also results in a higher percentage of side effects. This makes its use in pills in the treatment of common alopecia is not widespread. The novelty is the application of Dutasteride in mesotherapy, that is, through microinjections directly at the root of the hair. It is a quick and practically painless treatment. Since it is a local treatment, the incidence of side effects is minimal, but benefits remain. Therefore, Dutasteride mesotherapy is a treatment intended for those patients with androgenetic alopecia (common baldness) who do not want to take pills with hormonal effect due to their side effects, but who instead want to benefit from their good results.
Another interesting novelty is the creation of diode emission lights (LED lamps) for home use in the treatment of common alopecia. Although this treatment already existed to be performed in consultation, it was very little used because it required almost daily sessions forcing the patient to go almost every day to his dermatological center. This was very impractical, and it came out very expensive. The great novelty is the creation of LED lamps for home use in the form of a cap, which is applied for about 10min between 3-7 days a week. The use of LEDs for male and female androgenetic alopecia has scientific basis, there are publications in prestigious scientific journals, but it has not been until the appearance of home LED lamps that the treatment can reach
Article from American journal of Clinical Dermatology.
Article from Lasers medical Science
Both mesotherapy with Dutasteride and home LED lamps will be integrated as usual treatment of androgenetic alopecia for its efficacy, safety and comfort. They can be used as a sole treatment, or combined with other treatments to enhance the benefits of each one of them.
Dr. David Romero Riu
Dr. Esteve Darwich Soliva
Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery