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Dermaroller Treatment for Hair Loss

Jun 5, 2019

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What is Dermaroller treatment for hair?

A derma roller is a device with medical-grade steel microneedles on a rotating wheel attached to a handle. It is used to create micro holes on the scalp. These holes penetrate the skin just deep enough to stimulate new cell production and boost circulation. Dermaroller for hair loss is ideally used as a supportive treatment to traditional hair loss treatments. For example, it can support Minoxidil and Finasteride, Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy and so on. Controlled injuries create microchannels. These aids the quick absorption of the injected PRP and other topical products used on the scalp.

The injuries induce the platelets to release growth factors at the injury site. They “awaken” dormant hair follicles to begin the production of new hair. Patients having grade 2 to grade 5 baldness are ideal candidates for using dermaroller for hair loss. It causes minimal pain and damage. This process is also known as ‘micro needling’. The derma roller has been used as a beauty device for decades to renew the youthfulness of skin. Therefore it stimulates collagen production and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.

Dermaroller for hair loss

How Dermaroller works for hair regrowth?

The controlled micro-injuries to the scalp trigger the skin’s repair process. This makes it naturally produce collagen and elastin. Thereby creating an ideal environment for natural hair to regrow.

Dermarolling as an agent for skin cell proliferation

Dermarolling has an important role to play in skin cell proliferation. It is beneficial in the regrowth of hair, treatment of wounds, and scars. Furthermore, it also helps to treat hyperpigmentation. The procedure induces the following three-step healing process:

  1. Inflammation
  1. Proliferation
  1. Remodeling (maturation)

This is the same natural healing process that wounds undergo. This process can stimulate the production of a protein that leads to hair generation. Simultaneously, this process inhibits a protein that causes hair loss. Generally, the remodeling phase can lead to scarring. However, derma rolling does not cause scarring as the micro holes made in the scalp do not penetrate deep enough.

The microneedles on the derma roller just go deep enough to initiate the healing process above which then triggers skin cell proliferation. The microneedles on the derma roller help to increase blood flow to the hair follicles. This activates the skin’s natural regeneration process.

Dermaroller as a supportive treatment

Along with skin cell proliferation and wound healing, the use of a derma roller significantly enhances the absorption of topical medications applied to the scalp immediately before or after rolling. This massive boost in the absorption rate makes derma rolling a very effective supportive treatment to the traditional hair loss treatments using topical treatments such as Minoxidil or Finasteride. Dermarolling creates temporary channels in the skin. These channels close within 30 minutes to an hour. Hence it is essential to apply the topical treatments immediately for maximum effect.

How to use Dermaroller for hair growth?

Use the derma roller only on dry hair, as using it while hair is wet can lead to tangling and breakage. Roll it from roots to ends. This is to avoid pulling healthy hair out of the follicles. Place the device at the edge of the area that is losing hair, e.g. the hairline, or the outside of the crown. Roll it slowly over the area, in a star-shaped pattern. The device should penetrate the scalp with enough pressure to cause a slight prickling or tingling, but not enough to cause pain.

Focusing on one section of the scalp at a time, roll each area 10-15 times. You can follow this pattern:

3 rolls in this direction

↑   3 rolls in this direction

 3 rolls in this direction

 3 rolls in this direction

You can use this technique on all areas undergoing balding or even on the entire scalp, once or twice a week. Clean the derma roller after each use with rubbing alcohol or antibacterial soap. After it dries, place it in the protective case or pouch until the next use.

What size Dermaroller for hair loss?

If an experienced practitioner is conducting the derma rolling at the clinic, the needle size can be between 0.5 mm-1 mm. However, patients are advised to use a needle size between 0.2 mm-0.5 mm at home. This will reduce the chances of injury while derma rolling. If topical treatments such as Minoxidil was being used, it is ideal to use a smaller needle size of 0.2 mm-0.3 mm. This will prevent the absorption of the active ingredients too deeply into the scalp.

Here at HairMD, we carry out derma rolling for patients on a weekly basis for the first 2 months. However, this may differ from clinic to clinic.

Post-treatment aftercare

  • As derma rolling is a non-invasive treatment.
  • There are no side effects.
  • There is no downtime.
  • This means that patients can return to their daily activities immediately after the procedure.

Important Resource

How to use minoxidil and dermaroller together?

Which derma roller is best for hair regrowth?



  1. Alisha Singh

    Thanks for the informative post, I found this post very enlighting.

  2. mason

    Hey there, This was very informative article with beautiful content, I would love to read more of this content in the coming days.


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