Microneedling to Treat Hair Loss
Many people are familiar with microneedling as a highly effective, minimally invasive treatment for fine lines, lax facial skin, hyperpigmentation (dark spots), and acne scars. But microneedling can also be an extremely effective treatment to stimulate dormant hair follicles, resulting in new hair growth.
During a microneedling treatment a medical aesthetician creates tiny pricks in the skin using micro-fine needles. This process activates the body’s wound healing process, thereby stimulating skin cells, hair follicles and the production of collagen and elastin.
Scientific Study of Microneedling to Treat Hair Loss
In a recent study, 100 test subjects were divided into two groups. The first group’s scalps were treated with minoxidil lotion (a medication that promote hair growth in people with hair loss).
The first group’s scalps were treated with minoxidil lotion plus microneedling.
After 12 weeks, only 4.5 percent of the minoxidil-only group reported a50 percent improvement.
However, 82 percent of the minoxidil-plus-microneedling group reported 50 percent improvement!
Am I a Candidate for Microneedling to Treat Hair Loss?
Male pattern baldness is caused by a combination of genetic and hormonal factor that affects both men and women, in spite of its name. As estrogen levels decline during perimenopause, hormonal hair thinning often strikes – affecting up to 50% of women over the age of 65.
Male pattern baldness is notoriously difficult to treat, but microneedling combined with minoxidil has been proven effective.
Microneedling has also proven to be effective in treating other causes of hair loss as well, including: traction alopecia (caused by frequent pulling of the hair), telogen effluvium (stress related excess hair shedding) and alopecia areata (where the immune response mistakenly attacks the hair follicles).
Frequency of Microneedling to Treat Hair Loss
A trained medical aesthetician uses a special clinical grade microneedling tool that allows a variation in needle depth and a greater number of penetrations per second. Treatments are usually recommended every four weeks – and on average only four to six treatments in total are required.
Side Effects of Microneedling to Treat Hair Loss
For healthy adults, with no underlying medical conditions, the only real side effects are redness and the small risk of infection. However, the patients existing hair should cover any redness.
And, as long as the treatment is carried out using a sterile technique and post-treatment instructions are followed to keep the area clean, there should be no risk of infections. Washing hair with an antiseptic shampoo such as Chlorhexidine both before the procedure and a couple of days afterwards can also help.
Some individuals find the discomfort of microneedling very easy to tolerate. Patients with more sensitive scalps may require topical anesthetic. However, the “sting” of the needle “pricks” is of very short duration and quickly subsides.
West Bloomfield Area’s Best Microneedling
AMAE Med Spa is operated by West Bloomfield area double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali. He and medical aesthetician are trained and licensed Microneedling Specialists. They will take the time to understand your appearance goals, assess your facial and skin condition, and develop a skin treatment or anti-aging plan that is right for you.
At our West Bloomfield area Med Spa, we offer the latest and best technologies in skin care and anti-aging, including microneedling, Botox, facials fillers, line fillers, lip fillers and wrinkle and line reduction. Schedule a consultation to see if microneedling, or another skin care or anti-aging treatment is right for you.
Then relax in our Birmingham MedSpa, while we make you look and feel younger and even more beautiful!
Microneedling Consultation at our West Bloomfield Area MedSpa: 248.335.7200