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Alopecia is an increasingly common aesthetic defect affecting both men and women. The causes of alopecia are very diverse and determine treatment of excessive hair loss. Regardless of the cause, it is worth visiting an aesthetic medicine clinic and undergo procedures that nourish hair follicles. These procedures involve injecting the scalp with preparations containing a rich set of active compounds. In this way, the epidermal barrier is crossed and the compounds impact directly hair follicles. We often perform mesotherapy with platelet rich plasma collected from the Patient.
A hair bulb – its only living part – is anchored in hair follicles. Alopecia treatment allows for intradermal administration of active compounds. Thanks to crossing a skin barrier the preparation works much more effectively than when applied on the skin. The very process of puncturing the skin activates blood circulation in the scalp, while vitamins, amino acids and growth factors introduced into the skin vitamins comprehensively nourish hair follicles.
After a thorough interview with the Patient, a physician often decides to introduce pharmacological treatment with minoxidil, which is currently considered the most effective medication for hair loss. Hormonal therapy is sometimes necessary as well. For maximum effectiveness, it is important to correctly diagnose the problem.
In the case of androgenetic alopecia, which results from miniaturisation of hair follicles caused by androgens, treatment with minoxidil proves to be effective. This is a pyrimidine derivative compound that has been successfully used in topical treatment for androgenetic alopecia. The medication, containing 3% or 5% of the active compound, can be applied topically and rubbed into the scalp. In addition, we may perform mesotherapy procedure with preparations containing minoxidil. Therapy with minoxidil can be used both in women and in men. Tested and safe preparations containing minoxidil are available on prescription. Beware of over-the-counter offerings available online, as improperly administered minoxidil can be a harmful substance, which is why physician supervision during treatment is so important.
Minoxidil primarily reduces the process of hair follicle miniaturisation, stimulating proliferation of hair follicle cells. In addition, this substance stimulates blood circulation in the scalp, improving oxygenation and nutrition of hair follicle cells. This results inhibition of hair loss and stimulation of hair growth. Minoxidil therapy should be applied under the supervision of a physician, who determines a therapy regimen and its duration and then gradually discontinues the medication. As a result, after about two months minoxidil reduces excessive hair loss, and after 4-5 months baby hair appears on the scalp.
Needle mesotherapy of the scalp involves puncturing the skin in order to introduce appropriate substances to nourish hair follicles. The preparations used in needle mesotherapy procedures include such compounds as amino acids or peptides, vitamins, minerals, coenzymes or growth factors. A physician often decides to inject platelet rich plasma derived from the Patient’s own blood. Injecting these compounds directly into the skin stimulates blood circulation and may encourage formation of new blood vessels, which translates into better oxygenation and nutrition of hair follicles. A mesotherapy procedure strengthens and moisturises the scalp, stimulates hair follicles, strengthens hair and reduces their loss. This type of treatment can be performed prophylactically in order to strengthen the hair as well as to support treatment of postpartum alopecia, androgenic alopecia or in case of other causes of hair loss.
It should be performed in a series of 3-4 procedures at intervals of two weeks. Afterwards, a reminder procedure can be performed every 3-6 months. The procedure lasts for about 15-30 minutes. The scalp is disinfected and mesotherapy preparation or platelet rich plasma is administered through punctures with a thin needle. The procedure is not very painful but it may be accompanied by discomfort related to injections. After the procedure, the Patient returns to daily activities. Post-treatment signs disappear spontaneously after several hours.
Modern aestheticmedicine offers not only strongly stimulating preparations, but also devices for treating alopecia. In Princesse®, we use mainly two considered the best – laser stimulating hair growth and thermolifting, which, by stimulating collagen production, strengthens embedding of weak hair follicles. This therapy is often combined with other forms of treatment. The procedures are not painful, only a gentle warmth is felt on the scalp during irradiation.
Laser treatment not only stimulates work of hair follicles, but also stimulates circulation and supply of nutrients to the hair. As a result, the process of hair loss is stopped and inactive follicles start working. The hair becomes thicker and shinier. This works well in virtually every type of baldness, it also has a salutary effect on alopecia caused by seborrheic dermatitis.
In turn, thermolifting treatment prevents mechanical loss of weakened hair follicles by thickening and rejuvenating the skin as a result of stimulated collagen production. Additionally, hair bulbs become more massive and better embedded in the strengthened skin.
Due to the high emission of active light, the procedure should always be performed under medical supervision. In treating alopecia it should be performed at least 3-4 times at monthly intervals, and the effects usually begin to appear after the second treatment.
Alopecia is usually reversible. The most common form of reversible alopecia is androgenetic alopecia, resulting from disrupted sex hormone levels. This type of alopecia is mainly associated with men, although it very often affects women as well. Such excessive hair loss results from negative influence of androgens, i.e. male sex hormones. They cause miniaturisation of hair follicles and excessive hair loss. Androgenic alopecia treatment consists in the use of oral hormonal medications and preparations applied topically on the scalp that stimulate blood circulation and reduce conversion of testosterone to DHT.
Another reversible type of alopecia is generated by nutritional deficiencies. If dietary intake of amino acids, fatty acids, silicon, zinc, iron, sulphur, magnesium, B vitamins or vitamin D is too low, excessive hair loss results. Stress also plays an important role in hair loss. In most cases, stress-induced alopecia stops when a stressful situation is over. Another type of reversible alopecia generated by hormonal disorders, nutritional deficiencies and stress is postpartum alopecia. It affects almost every woman after childbirth and usually passes spontaneously after about a year, when hormone levels normalise.
The next type of treatable alopecia is alopecia areata; it is caused by inflammatory and autoimmune changes. Its treatment is lengthy and requires oral and topical corticosteroids as well as minoxidil applied to the affected areas.
A fairly common cause of thinning hair is telogen effluvium. It is generated by certain drugs, viral and bacterial infections, hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. This type of alopecia consists in prolongation of the telogen phase, i.e. cessation of hair growth and its loss. It is also fully treatable with appropriate therapy.
Effects may be different in different Patients. It depends on the cause and advancement of alopecia, applied therapy and health condition. During the consultation, the Patient can inform about their expectations and determine the best treatment plan together with a physician.
A physician carries out an extensive interview with the Patient and, if necessary, orders additional tests. Thanks to that, we can precisely plan the treatment process and choose the best solutions.
Hair strengthening is possible through needle mesotherapy procedures and scalp injections of platelet rich plasma. Procedures supporting alopecia treatment primarily result in reduction or total inhibition of severe hair loss of various causes. You can also notice strengthening of hair structure, its thickening, adding gloss, reduced brittleness. Hair growth rate may also be stimulated. The first effect in the form of reduction of hair loss can be observed after a series of procedures, i.e. after about 2 months. Then, in order to hold up the effect, a reminder procedure may be performed. If necessary, the treatment may be repeated at any time, moreover the procedures may be performed prophylactically.
Our clinic was established in 2005, thanks to which we have gained vast experience. We have performed over 30,000 procedures. We are also one of the leading training facilities for physicians and cosmetologists in Poland.
At Princesse®, we use only the highest quality preparations obtained directly from manufacturers. Avoiding wholesalers, we fully reduce the risk of purchasing inauthentic or substandard products.
We have all medical devices that are needed in case of sudden complications and we employ physicians with experience not only in treating aesthetic medicine complications but also in emergency procedures.
Princesse® is a modern aesthetic medicine clinic and training centre. It was established in 2005. Thanks to extensive experience and over 30,000 procedures performed to date, we have been able to select only the best procedures and equipment.
Princesse® employs highly specialised medical and cosmetology staff, who continue to improve their skills by participating in seminars and conferences devoted to the fields they practice, both in Poland and worldwide.
At Princesse®, we focus on naturalness and perfection as well as spectacular effects presented by models and celebrities. We believe that aesthetic medicine procedures are meant not to be a disguise, but to emphasise and highlight the strengths that each of us has.