Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that entails pricking your skin with small sterilized needles, causing minor skin injuries in order to stimulate your body in collagen and elastin production. If you’re familiar with collagen but not elastin, the latter is a type of protein that is about 1,000 times more flexible than collagen. For this reason, the primary function of elastin is the elasticity of tissues.
Microneedling may help with skin concerns like acne, hyperpigmentation, and anti-aging but the list of benefits doesn’t stop there. In fact, microneedling may serve as a hair loss treatment as it can regenerate the health of hair follicles. This method of thickening hair is particularly beneficial for individuals with androgenetic alopecia (Male or Female pattern baldness) and other forms of alopecia (medical term for hair loss).
In a 12-week study in 2013, the first human study on the use of microneedling for hair regrowth in men with androgenetic alopecia, researchers found that using a dermaroller along with Minoxidil, common medication prescribed for treating hair loss, was more efficient compared to the group that was treated with just Minoxidil.
If you’re considering doing this as an at-home treatment, there are many online guides with slightly different variations at your disposal. You can incorporate Kazani Beauty in your dermarolling experience by applying our Intensive Hair & Scalp serum on your scalp and afterwards covering it with a hair cap to let the product stimulate the stem cells in your hair follicles.
However, not knowing the right needle size to use or not disinfecting the roller properly are some of the setbacks that can cause your treatment to be less effective compared to a professional's. Yet seeking a professional for microneedling isn’t cost-friendly for everyone; since insurance generally doesn’t cover it because it’s considered a cosmetic procedure, out-of-pocket costs between $200 to $700 per session depending on the size of the treatment area.
Regardless of the trade-offs, microneedling may be an additional hair care regimen en route to healthy and thick hair. Just make sure to talk with a healthcare provider about all your hair growth options.
Sources: https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/elastin https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3746236/ https://www.webmd.com/beauty/what_is_microneedling#1 https://www.healthline.com/health/microneedling-for-hair-loss