Can Microneedling Actually Fix Your Hair Loss?

by Danielle Bennett
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If you’ve heard a lot about microneedling lately, that’s because it is one of the most talked-about procedures in Dermatology today. 

Its popularity stems from its anti-aging gains for the skin, but recently microneedling has emerged as a buzzy new remedy for alopecia.  

The viral videos and glossy testimonials touting its benefits are everywhere, but how do we know if microneedling is a worthy investment? 

We’ve done a little digging…here’s what all the fuss is about:

What is Microneedling?

Generally, microneedling is a dermatological procedure that involves the use of a skin roller or stamp, equipped with rows of tiny needles. It pierces the skin to stimulate collagen and elastin.

What are the Benefits of Microneedling for Hair Loss?

Research suggests Microneedling stimulates stem cells, too.

In favorable scenarios, stem cells boost scalp health, which allows hair to remain healthy and more full.

In addition, the procedure might increase the efficacy of products that treat hair loss, such as:

  • minoxidil (Rogaine)
  • topical steroid
  • platelet-rich plasma

Can Microneedling Treat All Forms of Hair Loss?

Dermatologists say microneedling might help if hair loss is genetic (androgenetic alopecia) or temporary (telogen effluvium).

These types of alopecia tend to produce fine, miniaturized hairs (or “baby hairs”) that aren’t completely grown out. They respond well to microneedling, as it can make them stronger and thicker.  

Microneedling cannot:

  • resolve the cause of hair loss or stop its progression. 
  • treat total hair loss on the entire scalp or in smaller areas. 

Potential Side Effects

Side effects are minimal. Localized swelling, bleeding, soreness, increased sun sensitivity, bruising and slight peeling are expected. 

Microneedling is not recommended for those who already have a full head of hair; the friction causes breakage and possible damage to hair follicles.

How Much Does Microneedling Cost?

Prices range from $200 to $800 per session, depending on region, treatment goals and the size of treatment areas.

The Final Takeaway

Microneedling shows promising results but for right now, remains a novel therapy for alopecia. We will continue to follow the research.

Hope this helps.

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