Microneedling (collagen induction treatment) involves wounding and skin interruption to cause hair growth and regeneration. In my previous posts on Follica, people often made informative comments about at-home microneedling and dermarolling for hair growth.
Update: January 5, 2022
New Microneedling and Hair Loss Studies
- In January 2022, a research study from India concluded that microneedling monotherapy increased total hair count more than topical minoxidil 5%. The combination of the two was even more effetive.
- A June 2021 study of interest, albeit not exactly related to at-home microneedling: Ceria nanozyme-integrated microneedles improve the perifollicular microenvironment for androgenetic alopecia treatment.
- In February 2021, a research study from Korea found that a recently developed home-use microneedle gadget enhanced the penetration of 5% Minoxidil. Patient self-assessment scores revealed the greatest complete satisfaction in the Minoxidil + Microneedling mix cured group. Nevertheless, the excess hair count in this mate after 6 months treatment (twice per week) was not statistically significant.
- In December 2020, a fascinating letter summed up a pilot study on using Follica’s exclusive microwounding device to deal with female pattern hair loss (FPHL). The outcomes were very favorable, and I covered them in information here.
- A September 2020 study from Iran concluded that microneedling at a depth of 0.6 mm was more reliable than at a depth of 1.2 mm. This is quite surprising, considering that most medical professionals and hair loss patients tend to advise the greater number. For instance, in the listed below video from 2020, the physicians suggest derma-rolling or micro-needling at a depth of 1-1.5 mm.
- A June 2020 research study from China found Microneedling and Minoxidil mix treatment to be remarkable to either one by itself. The underlying mechanism involves activation of the Wnt/ β-catenin signaling path.
Below is an excellent video from Dr. Gary Linkov. He recommends starting with 0.5 mm needle depth. Consult your physician if you establish any scarring or other side results.
December 25, 2019 My initial post on utilizing dermarolling in mix with Minoxidil was released all the method back in 2013. More proof on the benefits of microneedling for hair loss reversal can be found in 2017, courtesy of Dr. Rachita Dhurat.
At-Home Microneedling for Hair Growth
Deliberate scalp injury and wounding has actually been known to induce follicular neogensis via stimulating the dermis’ natural injury recovery procedure. Over the years, there has actually been a great deal of online discussion about DIY at-home microneedling and dermarolling to deal with androgenetic alopecia.
I was preparing to write a post on this subject in the past, however kept postponing it till today. For one, there are many hair loss online forum and Reddit threads on this subject facing 100s of pages. Additionally, when it pertains to microneedling for facial skin renewal associated applications, there is a lot more info available online. Including numerous evaluations and before and after pictures.
According to a summary of papers on microneedling, the procedure can assist many dermatological conditions. These consist of skin rejuvenation (through increases in collagen and elastin); decrease of acne scarring, wrinkles, fine lines, stretch marks and surgical scars; improvement in undesired skin color changes such as melasma; and enlarged pore reduction. Keep in mind that in 2016, a Japanese research study group discovered age-related hair loss to be triggered by decreased collagen.
An increasingly typical usage entails utilizing microneedling or skin puncturing for better transdermal drug shipment. In the hair loss world, many doctors and cosmetic surgeons are using microneedling in tandem with application of hair growth serums, Minoxidil, PRP and Exosomes.
Needle Depth, Device Choice and Safety
Amongst the key questions when trying at-home microneedling on the head:
- What is the appropriate depth of needles for microneedling on the scalp for hair growth? For thinner facial skin uses, fine needles of 0.25 mm and 0.5 mm depth appear to be preferred. For thicker scalp skin, many individuals advise 1.5 mm to pierce the skin and epidermis sufficiently. Reader “PinotQ” mentioned a possible treatment regimen of 1.5 mm as soon as a week, and 0.5 mm daily for upkeep. A September 2020 research study from Iran discovered a depth of 0.6 mm to be more effective than a depth of 1.5 mm.
- What gadget is the very best? There are hundreds of dermarollers and dermapens on sale online. A large number of those appear to have great reviews. It appears like the majority of people choose dermarollers to dermapens when it comes to the scalp, although the lower price of the former could be an aspect. While the dermaroller needles go into the skin at an angle, dermapen needles go into vertically. Each gadget and delivery technique has advantages and downsides.
- Security precautions, including: making sure that the needles are sanitized and tidy to avoid infection; not using too much force when rolling the gadget to prevent damaging the dermis; aftercare and tidying up correctly in case of bleeding or other skin injury.
- How typically to use the dermaroller or other micro needling gadget? Can one get away with just when a week treatment? Keep in mind that some individuals may quickly bleed or have extremely delicate scalps, making microneedling impractical or even hazardous. For those with seborrheic dermatitis or psoriasis of the scalp, it is best to consult a dermatologist prior to beginning treatment.
Dermarollers and Dermapens
caption-attachment-12798″style=”width: 200px “class=”wp-caption alignright” > A Dermaroller for Microneedling. Keep in mind: Dermarollers are really inexpensive on Amazon. However, sizes vary from needle depths of 0.25 mm to 0.5 mm to 1.5 mm. The rolling drum size can likewise differ significantly. You will need to check out the remarks to this post before deciding on the best item (s) for scalp hair growth purposes.