Derma Roller, also known as scalp microneedling, involves the use of a skin roller with small titanium needles that cause minor skin injuries. Microneedling is a type of cosmetic treatment also used in acne scarring, fine lines and to treat various other anti ageing concerns.
In addition to treating ageing skin, microneedling is also very effective in cases of hair loss. It is also used as a home remedies with shorter needle length dermarollers.
What is Derma Roller?
A Derma Roller is a drum like hand held instrument in which many fine titanium micro needles are attached to the roller head of derma roller. the procedure performed using this is called microneedling. There are various microneedling devices available for treatment and one such device is Derma Roller.
How does it work?
The micro-injuries created during the process of microneedling and the subsequent wound healing process helps in regeneration of hair follicle cells as well, thus enhancing hair growth.
Derma roller hair growth treatment can help induce the stem cells in the hair follicles, and provoke the release of factors that promote hair growth. It can thus result in new hair growth, or perhaps, it may thicken thinning hair as seen in androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness.
Microneedling may also promote the absorption of products used to treat your hair loss.
There’s even evidence that it can help a special type of hair loss known as alopecia areata when used with topical corticosteroid.
What are the derma roller uses in hair loss?
Derma roller treatment has the following effects -
Promoting hair growth
Improving thickness of hair shaft
Enhancing the penetration of therapeutic topical products
Enhancing the penetration of PRP and Meso-solutions
Who is a suitable candidate for using scalp dermaroller?
People suffering from hair thinning, reduced hair density, or hair loss, can opt for scalp microneedling. It can also be used post hair transplant to enhance the growth of transplanted as well as existing natural hair.
How to use derma roller for hair growth?
Scalp microneedling is a quick procedure. It can be performed using a dermaroller or a motorised derma pen, dermaroller being the one most commonly used.The efficacy with either of the instruments is same.
Steps of the procedure shows how to use derma roller for hair regrowth:
The client is made to lie comfortably in a reclining office chair.
The scalp is thoroughly cleaned with alcohol solution to remove dirt and grime, excess sebum, and sterilise the area.
The hair are sectioned neatly so that entire scalp is covered.
Dermaroller is rolled on to the scalp in to and fro motion with a steady pressure till slight redness or pin point bleeding occurs.
Each section is covered part by part.
After the scalp microneedling is completed, a therapeutic topical product is gently massaged on the scalp, depending on the goal of microneedling session.
Is the procedure painful?
There does occur some discomfort during the procedure, which is usually tolerated by majority of the clients. For more sensitive people, a topical numbing cream may be applied for 30 minutes before the procedure.
How long does the treatment takes?
Scalp microneedling is a quick procedure taking just 15-20 minutes.
What can I expect during my recovery period?
There can be some soreness, redness and swelling for a couple of days post procedure. However, you may resume your work immediately after the session. The scalp may be more sensitive to the sun after the treatment, so sun protection is advisable by using a hat / cap / scarf.
Shampooing should be avoided for 24 hours post procedure. A good hair and scalp hygiene should be maintained with use of mild shampoo to wash your hair.
What results can I notice after the session?
Unlike microneedling for scars or stretch marks, dermaroller hair growth treatment does not show significant changes after one session.
However, with multiple sessions, you can appreciate changes in your hair growth, hair thickness, and hair volume. The result is visible post 12 weeks from the date of treatment started.
How many sessions are required for best results?
Depending on the severity of hair loss, you may require 6-12 sessions to see satisfying results.
What is the interval between sessions?
Scalp microneedling is done at every 2 weeks interval.
Are there any associated derma roller side effects?
Using dermaroller on the scalp is completely safe and effective with no side effects. It is a good adjuvant treatment in cases of androgenetic alopecia.
What are the benefits of at-home dermaroller treatment?
The most common questions asked by patients are: where can i find derma roller near me? how to use derma roller at home, how many times a week? how to clean derma roller and does derma roller work?
To save derma roller price at clinic and time commitments, some people choose to purchase derma roller .5 mm to self administer microneedling hair treatments at home. However, there are significant down sides to at home derma roller treatments though. These include:
Not knowing the right size needles to use and to select the best derma roller
Not being able to see certain parts of your own scalp, such as the back of your head
Not being able to target the desired areas as well as a professional
Not knowing how to use the roller properly
Not knowing when to stop
Not knowing how much pressure to use and how to properly roll the roller
Not having the adjuvant treatment available that providers may use to see results.
Not able to maintain a good hair and scalp hygiene
Derma roller is to be cleaned by rubbing alcohol swabs or using isopropyle alcohol
Because of the above reasons, at-home dermaroller treatment is less than that done at doctor’s clinic.
While it’s tempting to buy your own dermaroller, it’s much safer to leave these devices in the hands of a licensed and experienced professional for your hair loss treatment.
Onion Juice, Coconut Oil, Green Tea , Essential Oils and Aloe Vera are used by many at home for routine hair care to prevent hair loss and help healthy hair grow. However these are not the permanent solution to hair loss.
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