Alopecia secondary to mesotherapy

Bruna Duque-Estrada, Colombina Vincenzi, Cosimo Misciali, Antonella Tosti

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Abstract

Mesotherapy has recently become an advertised method for the treatment of different types of alopecia despite the lack of any data regarding its efficacy and possible side effects. The substances injected into the scalp include "cocktails" of natural plant extracts, homoeopathic agents, vitamins, vasodilators, and drugs that may stimulate hair growth, such as finasteride and minoxidil. We report two cases of patchy alopecia that developed after mesotherapy for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia. In the first patient, alopecia developed after injections of the heparinoid vasodilator mesoglycan; the 3-month follow-up examination revealed a small residual area of cicatricial alopecia. The second patient developed reversible alopecia after multiple scalp injections of homeopathic agents. These cases underline the possible risks of mesotherapy as a therapeutic technique for hair loss.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)707-709
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume61
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • homeopathy
  • mesoglycan
  • patchy alopecia
  • scalp dermatoscopy
  • videodermatoscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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