Microneedling was originally used to prevent skin aging, but it is increasingly recommended in cases of pathological hair loss. It improves blood circulation in the scalp and promotes hair growth.
The advantages of microneedling
- Promotes hair growth by stimulating fibroblast synthesis
- Suitable for both men and women
- Seasonal hair loss
- Diffuse hair loss
What is microneedling?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive technique that stimulates the scalp’s tissues. The doctor makes micro-perforations in different parts of the scalp.
The objective is to provoke a germinal stimulation of the bulb. In practice, microneedling improves blood circulation in the scalp, but also increases the production of proteins in the cells of the capillary dermis and stimulates the synthesis of fibroblasts, the cells responsible for the renewal of collagen in the tissue. This is what allows the development of new hair follicles.
The patient may notice a normalization of hair loss between the 2nd and 4th session.
For which patients?
Microneedling can be done on both men and women. It is particularly recommended in the following cases:
- premature hair loss
- dryness of the stems (due to fatigue or stress)
- decreased hair growth
What are the results?
The first results are generally observed between the 4th and 6th session. The patient may notice a normalization of hair loss, as well as an improvement in the texture of the hair shafts.
What happens during a microneedling session?
The procedure is performed using micropuncture tools: the Dermaroller or the DermapenⓇ. They feature microneedles that are one millimeter in diameter. These needles can make micro-perforations at different depths. This stimulates the epidermis and the capillary dermis. The cells react by producing collagen and elastin. In addition, micro-perforations are made on the scalp to stimulate capillary circulation.
Depending on the patient’s hair condition, the doctor will either apply the micropuncture tool to the hairless areas or to the entire scalp.
Each session lasts about 30 minutes and 4 to 6 sessions in total are required to see positive effects: 1 session every 2 weeks for 2 to 3 months. Maintenance sessions may sometimes be recommended to maintain the results.
1 microneedling session: 100 €.
Do I need to perform a hair examination before getting a microneedling treatment?
YES – It is recommended to make an accurate diagnosis of your hair condition. This allows the doctor to make sure that all the conditions are met for the treatment to be truly effective.
Are the results of quickly visible?
YES – The first results can appear as early as the 4th session. The patient generally notices a normalization of the hair loss. If the result is insufficient, the doctor can prescribe a complementary PRP treatment.
Do the results of microneedling last long?
NO – There may be a relapse, which is why a few maintenance sessions per year may be needed.
Is it painful?
NO – Prior to the procedure, the doctor will either apply a topical numbing cream to the patient’s scalp or give a local anesthetic.
Are there any contraindications to microneedling?
YES – Microneedling is not recommended for pregnant women and people with diabetes, skin diseases, hemophilia or skin inflammations and infections.
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YES – After the first two sessions, the patient may notice a temporary worsening of hair loss. The treated area may be red for two to six hours following the session. Occasionally, small edemas may appear. In all cases, these side effects subside quickly.[/accordion-item]