Also known as scalp microneedling, involves the use of a skin roller with small needles that cause minor skin injuries. Microneedling is a type of cosmetic treatment that addresses various effects of ageing.
In addition to treating ageing skin, microneedling is also very effective in cases of hair loss.
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.
Microneedling 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.
Scalp microneedling has the following effects -
People suffering from hair thinning, reduced hair density, or hair loss, can opt for scalp microneedling.
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 are -
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.
Scalp microneedling is a quick procedure taking just 15-20 minutes.
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.
Unlike microneedling for scars or stretch marks, scalp microneedling 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.
Depending on the severity of hair loss, you may require 6-12 sessions to see satisfying results.
Scalp microneedling is done every 2 weeks.
Using dermaroller on the scalp is completely safe and effective. It is a good adjuvant treatment in cases of androgenetic alopecia
To offset costs and time commitments, some people choose to purchase dermarollers to self-administer microneedling treatments at home. However, there are significant down sides to at-home dermaroller treatments though. These include:
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.
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