Dermaroller For Hair Loss
Dermaroller is a handheld roller-device with multiple tiny micro-needles. The needles range from 0.25 mm to 1.5mm in length.
This process is also known as micro-needling. Micro-needling utilizes a stamp or roller. Dermaroller needles create micro-holes on the scalp, the skin-deep dermis to stimulate the production of new cells and boost circulation. Dermaroller for hair loss is used as supportive treatment to traditional minoxidil and finasteride medicines or to other interventional treatments such as mesotherapy, low-level laser therapy, or PRP. The controlled injury creates micro-channels and assists in faster absorption of injected PRP or meso solutions and other products used on the scalp.
Micro-needling (also known as collagen induction therapy) is a minimally invasive treatment that has been used for decades to rejuvenate the skin. As it stimulates collagen production, it reduces the appearance of wrinkles, acne scars, stretch marks. Dermaroller or micro-needling not only treats hair loss but by inducing the production of new collagen and elastin it improves the texture and firmness of the skin.
Photon Micro-needling, combines’ conventional micro-needling with the added benefit of LED light therapy, photon therapy is used to stimulate the biological activity of the skin at the cellular level.
How does Dermaroller work for hair growth
The controlled micro-trauma or injury to the scalp by dermaroller can promote hair growth by following ways:
1.It triggers the body’s natural reaction to initiate the skin repair or wound healing process.
2.By inducing new cell or platelet production; the main source of growth factors. This stimulates the dormant hair follicles to begin the production of new hair.
3.It increases blood supply of scalp; that helps to distribute nutrients to hair follicles, promoting hair growth
4.It helps quick absorption of medicine such as minoxidil or finasteride or serum. The channels created last for a period of one hour, thereby topical medicines should be applied instantly to achieve the greatest effect. Hence, dermaroller significantly enhances the absorption of topical medications applied and works as a very effective supportive treatment.
However, photon micro-needling therapy (PMNT) has added benefit of LED light or photon therapy which stimulates the biological activity of the skin at the cellular level.
Hence, it creates an ideal environment for hair to re-grow naturally.
How Dermaroller to be used for hair growth
Micro-needling treatment or dermaroller is better performed by skin professionals, can also be done at home.
It can be used once in a week or 15 days
It should be used only on dry hair, as it can inter-twist the hair and cause breakage if used on wet hair.
If used in conjunction with PRP, it is better to use before the infiltration of plasma.
If it is used in conjunction with low-level laser therapy, better to use before.
If used in conjunction with hair loss topical medicines such as minoxidil, use ½ hour before application.
For re-use, better to do proper sterilization
Dermaroller should be used as the advice below, to avoid pulling out healthy hair follicles and obtain good results:
Roll it slowly
Roll it from hair roots to its ends.
Roll it from the area of hair loss.
Roll it in three directions horizontal, vertical, and crisscross; and each direction three to four times. It means roll each area 9 to 12 times.
Roll it with little pressure to avoid pain.
The size of dermaroller needle to choose depends on how much hair leftover on the scalp. Dermaroller used by skin professionals the needle size can be between 0.5 mm to 1.5 mm and if used at home it’s advised to be the small length, needle size between 0.2 mm-0.5 mm as to reduce the pain or chance of injury during rolling. If dermaroller used as transdermal drug delivery of active ingredients such as minoxidil, it is ideal to use a smaller needle size of 0.2 mm-0.3 mm; to prevent the absorption too deep into the scalp.
Advantages of Dermaroller
1. Simple and safe treatments.
2. Natural-looking results.
4. Minimally invasive and non-surgical.
5. No downtime after treatment. You can attend your routine work schedule.
6. Quickly, the treatment process hardly takes around 10 to 15 minutes.
7. No adverse effect.
8. Useful in all causes of non-scarring alopecia
9. Concomitantly can be used with traditional and interventional treatment.
10. A homemade device or hand-held device, the treatment can be done at home.
We at Clear Skin & Hair Rich advise photon micro-needling therapy (PMNT) due to the dual benefits of derma roller and low-level laser therapy. We at our centre sterilize the kits and re-use to avoid infection and ask the patients to come to the clinic for the same.