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Professional Microneedling for Hair Loss vs. At-Home Treatment

Young concerned man looking at a mirror and touching his hair.

The 1990s saw the rise of microneedling’s popularity as a scar therapy. Since its introduction, it has been used as a possible alternative or supplementary treatment for hair loss caused by androgenic alopecia or alopecia areata, in addition to its usage as an anti-aging treatment. Microneedling can stimulate stem cells in hair follicles to make hair grow. It can also help the skin produce more collagen.

How Does Hair Loss Microneedling Work?

Microneedling involves using a roller with very thin needles to poke holes in the scalp, causing minor surface wounds. The process may restore hair follicle health by the exact mechanism that heals skin wounds. A cellular-level restructuring occurs in response to the tiny injuries. Evidence shows that it could stimulate growth or help thin hair become fuller.

Why is Microneedling Performed by a Professional Superior to Doing it Yourself?

Microneedling in either situation does enhance skin texture, but the results from an at-home treatment are less impressive than those done by a professional. There are two main reasons DIY microneedling can never measure up to clinical treatment. These reasons are:

  1. Professionals use more sophisticated microneedling devices in their scalp care practices. DIY microneedling devices are often equipped with needles measuring less than 1 mm in length; however, professional microneedling machines typically have needles that are between 1 mm to 3 mm long. Professional treatments with longer needles make the wounds more controlled, which makes the results more apparent. However, long needles can also be harmful in the hands of an amateur, which is why they should only be used by a specialist.
  2. The technique is critical when it comes to microneedling. Unfortunately, DIY microneedling tutorial videos and blog posts cannot give amateurs the experience of a seasoned dermatologist or aesthetician who has been adequately trained and has experience microneedling on different skin types.

Additional benefits of professional microneedling include:

Fewer sessions. Because the effects of the in-office version are more substantial, the treatment can be given less often. On the other hand, with DIY microneedling, you usually need to do it more than once a week to see even the slightest change.

Safety. When performed incorrectly, microneedling can be dangerous since it involves injuring the skin with a foreign object (the needle tool), which can introduce or spread bacteria if the device and skin are not cleaned properly. Punctures in the skin make it easy for bacteria to get into the dermis, increasing the chance of infection.

Added topicals included. Many professional microneedling procedures incorporate medical-grade topical agents like hyaluronic acid, kojic acid or other growth factors. These ointments can improve the treatment outcome significantly. Microneedling improves the efficacy of topical agents by creating tiny channels in the skin, allowing the medicines to penetrate deeper.

Are You Ready to Try Professional Microneedling?

Kalos Hair Transplant works with each patient to come up with a treatment plan that can help them regain their hair. For example, microneedling could be advised as a stand-alone procedure or as a supplement to other hair loss remedies. Contact our office to set up a consultation and find a solution to your hair loss that works well and lasts.

Posted on behalf of Kalos Hair Restoration
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Atlanta, GA 30342
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