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.

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.
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, such as:

  1. Minoxidil
  2. PRP
  3. Topical steroid

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 benefits of scalp microneedling?

Scalp microneedling has the following effects -

  1. Promoting hair growth
  2. Improving hair thickness
  3. Enhancing the penetration of therapeutic products like minoxidil, topical corticosteroids
  4. 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.

How is the procedure performed?

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 -

  1. The client is made to lie comfortably in a reclining office chair.
  2. The scalp is thoroughly cleaned with alcohol solution to remove dirt and grime, excess sebum, and sterilise the area.
  3. The hair are sectioned neatly so that entire scalp is covered.
  4. Dermaroller is rolled on to the scalp in to and fro motion with a steady pressure till slight redness or pin point bleeding occurs.
  5. Each section is covered part by part.
  6. After the scalp microneedling is completed, a therapeutic product (minoxidil / topical corticosteroid / PRP / meso solution) 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.

What results can I notice after the session?

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.

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 every 2 weeks.

What are the risks involved?

Using dermaroller on the scalp is completely safe and effective. It is a good adjuvant treatment in cases of androgenetic alopecia

What are the benefits of at-home dermaroller treatment?

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:

  1. Not knowing the right size needles to use
  2. Not being able to see certain parts of your own scalp, such as the back of your head
  3. Not being able to target the desired areas as well as a professional
  4. Not knowing how to use the roller properly
  5. Not knowing when to stop
  6. Not knowing how much pressure to use and how to properly roll the roller
  7. Not having the adjuvant treatment available that providers may use to see results, such as platelet-rich plasma

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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