Studies show that the repair process after a controlled trauma to the scalp can induce the expression of genes that can promote regrowth of hair.
Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that involves creating a controlled and very precise trauma to the skin. This leading to repair processes being activated. During this repair process certain genes are activated, growth factors are released that can stimulate hair growth. Often, needles size is between 0.5 and 2.5 millimeters but may vary.
What to consider when having microneedling for hair loss?
As with all medical procedures, experience as skills are very important to ensure the best possible outcomes. Some of the factors you may want to consider before your having microneedling for hair loss, could be the following:
- Is the clinic supervised by a qualified doctor with sufficient experience in using microneedling for hair loss procedures?
- The depth of the needles will affect how effective the treatment is. Deeper needles are more likely to be effective. However, the deeper the needles go, the greater gap you need between treatments to ensure sufficient recovery time. Especially if you are receiving ongoing treatment over a longer period of time.
- How frequent you have microneedling depends on multiple factors, but should take into account your specific needs and the depth of the needles, area that is being treated and various other factors. Initially, you may need microneedling with 1-4 weeks gap and in later stages it may be enough with 4-6 treatments per year.
- Cost will vary from clinic to clinic and also with the experience of the clinic. Further, if you are using deeper needles, which are usually more effective, then you may need to numb the area which would require medical supervision and the procedure may take longer.
- In some cases, microneedling may cause redness, swelling, bleeding or scarring. However, lasting side effects in clinics with good protocols should be very rare.
If you are considering microneedling for hair loss, it is important to weigh the risks and benefits carefully. Talk to your doctor to get more information and make the best decision for you.
Here are some additional things to keep in mind about microneedling for hair loss:
- Microneedling should only be done by a qualified provider.
- You should avoid microneedling if you have any open wounds on your scalp.
- You should use a topical anesthetic before microneedling to reduce pain.
- You should follow your provider’s instructions for aftercare, such as avoiding washing your scalp for 24 hours and using a sunscreen on your scalp if you are going to be in the sun.
Is microneedling safe for hair loss?
Microneedling is generally a very safe treatment for hair loss. However, it is very important to see a qualified medical professional to ensure that it is right for you. Good protocols reduce the risk of any complications or issues following a microneedling treatment for hair loss.
In patients with a greater tendency to bleed after a trauma, the treatment may need to be modified accordingly and it some cases it may be advisable to not carry out the procedure.
Other treatment for hair loss?
There are other treatment modalities that you may consider if you are suffering from hair loss. These may be used instead of or in combination with microneedling for hair loss.
Some options include:
- Hair transplantation.
- Minoxidil (Rogaine) is a topical medication that may regrow hair in some people with hair loss.
- Seeing Functional Medicine Doctor that can dig much deeper to understand the causes of your hair loss. Only around 30-40% of hair loss is genetic. A Functional Medicine Doctor may uncover deficiencies, hormonal changes, toxins or other factors that are causing or partially causing your hair loss. We recommend you speak to Dr Mazhar Hussain at www.drmazharhussain.com
He has clinics in Pakistan and Europe and provides online consultations. He is also a highly respected hair transplant surgeon