The Benefits Of Microneedling For Hair Growth
Microneedling is a treatment technique used to treat scalp conditions such as dandruff, psoriasis, eczema, and other skin problems. Microneedle therapy involves the use of tiny needles inserted into the scalp or any other part of your body where itchy red bumps are present. These small needles are designed to cause microscopic cuts in the skin causing itchy inflammation and itching.
The procedure is done under local anesthesia (pain medication) and usually takes less than five minutes. The needles are made from stainless steel with a tip diameter of 0.2 mm, which allows them to easily pierce through the skin without leaving any scars. They have been shown to stimulate hair growth in mice, but not humans.
It’s important to note that the exact mechanism behind how microneedling works is still unknown. However, there are several theories on what might be going on. One theory suggests that it may work by breaking up dead cells in the skin and stimulating new blood vessels to grow. Another theory suggests that it could increase circulation to the affected area.
Still another theory says that it could improve circulation in the brain itself, which would explain why some patients report feeling better after using this treatment method.
The Potential For Hair Growth With Microneedling
The use of dermarollers for hair growth is a relatively new field of treatment. Dermarollers are already known to improve the appearance of skin and its texture, but the only studies that have been done on people being treated with these rollers have not yet proven the efficacy of these rollers on scalp conditions such as alopecia areata, male pattern baldness, or female pattern baldness. There have been, however, a few case studies that suggest that dermarollers can indeed improve the condition of your hair. Most people report that their hair looks thicker and shinier after using dermarollers, but it’s important to remember that these are just case reports and they don’t follow the typical scientific method.
There haven’t been any studies on humans as of the time of this writing, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there were soon.
It should be noted that while some people report good results from microneedling, others have reported no results at all. It’s important to remember that it isn’t a cure-all and you shouldn’t get your hopes up too much. However, if you’re looking for a cheap and relatively safe treatment method for your hair loss, then this might be the one for you. All it takes is time, patience, and a lot of repetition.
You also have to be dedicated to rolling your scalp multiple times a day every day. Remember to stay focused!
There’s no need to worry about pain as dermarollers contain tiny needles that don’t cause any real pain. In fact, you probably won’t even feel them at all. the trick is to be very patient. Don’t rush the process.
If you want hair growth then you have to be willing to roll your scalp many times every day. It’s a very tedious procedure that takes a while to get used to, but it’s worth a try if you desperately want to grow your hair back.
Make sure to purchase medical grade microneedles for your dermaroller. You don’t want to use anything less than that. Also, be sure to clean your roller using alcohol before and after every use. This will prevent bacteria from growing on it.
Does It Smell?
Yes. The main reason why people stop using this treatment is due to the foul odor caused by the skin oils that collect in the roller. Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do about that other than throwing it away and getting a new one from time to time.
Does It Work For Women?
Yes, microneedling is suitable for both men and women. However, microneedling works better on people who still have some hair left on their head. If you’re bald already then you should use a different treatment such as the FUE method.
Is This Treatment Better Than Finasteride And Minoxidil?
No. Microneedling is far from being a perfect treatment. It has been found to be less effective on people suffering from alopecia areata when compared to people who used finasteride and minoxidil. While microneedling has shown to promote hair growth to some patients, it hasn’t been found to be anywhere near as effective as traditional treatments such as the two mentioned above.
Does It Cause Side Effects?
Smaller holes in the skin can result in minor side effects such as redness, itching, and irritation. These side effects will usually go away within a few days. If the irritation becomes too much for you to handle, then be sure to stop using microneedling and consult a doctor immediately.
A Final Word Of Warning
Just because microneedling works for some people, doesn’t mean that it will work for you. It’s a gamble no matter what. Even if the treatment does work for you, it probably won’t promote hair growth on its own. You will need to use other treatments such as minoxidil as well if you want to achieve maximum results.
This is not a foolproof treatment, and it probably won’t be as effective as other treatment options you could be using. But if you have no other options or are just looking for something new to try out then this might work for you. Just don’t get your hopes up.
Have You Tried This Treatment?
If you have tried microneedling and it worked for you, please let us know below! We’d love to hear your story. On the other hand, if this treatment didn’t work for you, then please let us know as well. It would also be helpful if you told us what products you used. Other people are probably wondering what you used and if it worked for you or not.
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Sources & references used in this article:
Preliminary results of the use of scalp microneedling in different types of alopecia by M Starace, A Alessandrini, N Brandi… – Journal of Cosmetic …, 2020 – Wiley Online Library
Fractional laser-assisted hair regrowth and microneedling for the treatment of alopecia areata: a review by RJ Dabek, DS Roh, D Ozdemir, WG Austen Jr… – Cureus, 2019 – ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
Microneedling for the treatment of hair loss? by RM Fertig, AC Gamret, J Cervantes… – Journal of the European …, 2018 – Wiley Online Library