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Vitamin Infusion Therapy For Hair Loss

Vitamin deficiency can have a huge impact on hair loss. If your body is lacking certain vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants then it can reduce your hair growth or cause the hair follicles to cease production of hair entirely, causing hair thinning and baldness.

Increasing your vitamin intake is often advised for a range of health benefits. This includes increasing hair growth and improving the health of your hair follicles and hair strands. However, the body often only absorbs on average 10% of the vitamins and minerals many people take in the form of supplements. While vitamins for hair growth are increasingly popular, research suggests that our bodies actually struggle to absorb the optimum vitamins and minerals from supplements alone [1].

What is vitamin infusion therapy?

Often, the best way for your body to regularly absorb the vitamins and minerals needed for health hair growth is through a balanced and healthy diet, high in vitamin-rich foods. However, if you are looking for a hair growth boost, a vitamin infusion could be the solution.

Vitamin infusions are alternative treatments for hair loss. They involve a cocktail of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants being fed into your body via an IV drip. This delivers vitamins straight into your bloodstream, so your body absorbs 100% of the nutritional value. This helps you reap the maximum benefits from the treatment.

The specific vitamins included in these infusions can often be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you are looking at vitamin infusion as a specific hair growth and hair health aid, the most common vitamins and minerals included in these treatments are Vitamin B, Vitamin C, zinc, iron and anti-oxidants. These are all used to strengthen hair and encourage follicles to grow new, healthy hair.

Do vitamin infusions work for hair loss?

Many patients report almost immediate benefits from vitamin infusion therapy. The body absorbs 100% of the vitamin-rich solution, leaving patients feeling, refreshed, invigorated and energised.

Long-term benefits of vitamin infusion therapy include improvement in a range of conditions. Patients report increased hair growth, improved skin health, increased energy, improvement in mood and sleeping patterns.

If you’re wondering whether this is a treatment that might benefit you, book a consultation at the Wimpole Clinic. Our team will discuss your hair loss with you and find the right course of treatment.

Who can benefit from vitamin infusion therapy?

Vitamin infusion therapy is best for people who have only recently begun to notice hair loss. If you have sustained hair loss as a result of pattern balding, vitamin infusion may strengthen your existing hair, but it’s unlikely to stop it falling out.

Vitamin infusion works best for hair loss on patients who:

  • Eat a restricted diet, either due to food intolerances or lifestyle choice
  • Have had surgery to remove part of the bowel or stomach, causing them to eat less than normal
  • Have struggled with an eating disorder like anorexia [2]

This therapy can help restore the nutritional balance for many such patients, helping them reverse hair loss.

The risks of vitamin infusion therapy

Vitamin infusion is a low-risk treatment. The main side effects are usually positive, with patients reporting feelings of vigour and energy after treatment. However, there are some risks to be aware of. These include:

  • Infection – this is possible with any intravenous treatment, though it’s very unlikely in a sterile surgical environment
  • Overdose – while vitamin overdose is rare, certain vitamins and minerals (such as potassium) can lead to heart attack and other serious consequences [3]
  • Air embolism – in extremely rare cases, air can enter the blood vessels via an IV, leading to a heart attack or stroke.

All these risks are extremely rare in professional surgical environments, so make sure you choose a reputable clinic with an excellent safety record.

Should you opt for vitamin infusion therapy?

Booking a consultation with a hair loss specialist can help you determine if you’re a good candidate for vitamin infusion therapy. Speak to a member of our trichology team for more details.

Sources:

  1. Vitamin and Mineral Supplements: Do We Really Need Them?
  2. Guidelines for the nutritional management of anorexia nervosa
  3. IV Vitamin Therapy: Your Questions Answered
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