Bald Hair No More: Can Dermarolling Prevent Hair Loss?
Having a Bad, Bald Hair Day?! Are you fed up with trying out different hair styles but it still can’t hide the baldness of your scalp? If you are so stressed about your hair loss, there are many solutions that you can try out to delay the progression of baldness.
Have you heard of dermarolling therapy? Did you know that it is a promising treatment to treat alopecia or hair loss? A lot of studies have proven the effectiveness of dermarolling therapy together with the conventional treatment for hair loss such as Minoxidil and Finasteride in delaying total hair loss.
So what is dermarolling therapy?
Dermarolling or microneedling therapy is a novel therapeutic modality used for scalp treatment. It works by increasing the effect of topical treatment through direct and deeper penetration of the drug. The dermarolling process per se helps in independently promoting new hair growth.
It uses a hand-held device called dermaroller which is a cylindrical barrel stuffed with precision engineered microneedles. It is a minimally invasive procedure that allows easier and faster absorption of topical drugs. It penetrates the top layer of the skin but it does not cause any severe damage.
The procedure helps in promoting hair growth through stimulation of the scalp’s repair and healing response.
How does dermarolling therapy work? Is it effective?
Dermarolling works through a very simple and easy concept. The therapy works by using a dermaroller with its appropriate needle size suited for the application you intend it for. In the dermatologist clinic, they apply topical anesthesia in the skin so you won’t feel any pain at all.
You may also do it at the comforts of your own home using your do-it-yourself dermarollers. This type of needles has shorter microneedle length which is intended for daily or weekly use. Most of do-it-yourself rollers do not cause any bleeding because it has a very short needle length.
The medical dermarollers on the other hand have longer needle length and it is especially designed for deeper scars. Only trained professionals are allowed to use longer microneedles because it has a deeper penetration and may cause mild to moderate bleeding. Do not attempt to use longer microneedles if you are not trained to because it may cause severe bleeding if you use it incorrectly.
The device is rolled on the affected area of the skin where the scar or stretch marks are located at. The rolling is done in different directions until you observe some pinpoint or minute bleeding. Afterwards, the skin is left to heal by itself.
The principle of this treatment is that the microinjury induces the repair process of the skin which promotes the production of new collagen and elastin. These new cells act as fillers in the skin which improves the appearance of the scars, wrinkles, and other skin marks. The healing process itself leads to a skin with a smoother and better skin texture.
More so, this process leads to a more permanent and long-lasting effect. This is why; it is one of the preferred treatments of many. In fact, aside from hair loss it is now considered as an alternative treatment for post-acne scars, wrinkle and stretch mark removals and many others.
How Topical Treatment Augments Dermarolling effect?
The effectiveness of dermarolling therapy lies on the combination of skin needling and application of FDA approved topical agents such as Minoxidil and Finasteride. The microneedle allows efficient penetration and delivery of the topical agents through the skin for a faster and more effective result.
It enhances the topical scalp treatment through stimulation of the natural or innate repair systems of the skin. It helps maintain the natural process of scalp healing and repair to maintain a healthy hair growth.
The scalp skin is composed of several layers. The outermost layer is the stratum corneum which is made up of dead skin cells with higher concentrations of keratin protein and oils. It has a very important function as it helps protect the skin against the outside stressors.
It acts as barrier against chemicals and microbes so it will not pass through the skin easily. More so, application of topical agents in the skin can be effective if it can penetrate into this layer. Once the topical agent is able to penetrate this layer, it can exert its effect on the molecules that embodies the hair shaft, hair follicles, sebaceous gland and the stratum corneum.
However, there are some molecules particularly the larger ones are blocked to enter this layer. This means that the component of the topical agent may not be able to exert its full effect on the skin layer. Using the dermarolling therapy is an efficient means to bypass this barrier and allows the effective delivery of this drug to its target area.
The stratum corneum of the scalp is not that very thick. In fact, a 0.75 mm microneedle can easily penetrate deep into this layer. This allows five times more effective channels that would help the drug to directly exert its effect on the skin layer.
This similar principle is also used in the treatment of other skin conditions such as post-acne scarring, wrinkles, fine lines, varicela scars and many other skin indications.
Scalp Rollers, Anyone?
There are specially designed scalp rollers which are used for hair loss treatment. It works by creating microchannels on the scalp’s surface which will help exert its therapeutic effect on the scalp area. It also allows deeper penetration of the topical agent for a more significant effect.
Dermarolling therapy is suitable for both males and females who are suffering from hair loss. It can be used as a stand-alone treatment or in combination with conventional treatment for hair loss such as Minoxidil and Finasteride. The amount of topical agent depends on the extent and severity of hair loss or alopecia.
Say No to Bad, Bald Hair!
Gone are the days when you have to just wait and see how your hairs are losing over time. Now, you can delay the progression of baldness through the use of dermarolling therapy coupled with a topical agents like Minoxidil and Finasteride!
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