The Secret to Thicker, Healthier Hair: How Often to Microneedle for Hair Loss
Table of Contents
- 0.1 TL:DR Summary
- 0.2 Introduction
- 0.3 How Often Should You Do Microneedling for Hair Loss?
- 0.4 Microneedling the Scalp Once Every 1 to 3 Weeks
- 0.5 Microneedling Frequency Depends on Variety of Factors
- 0.6 Table: Recommended Frequency of Microneedling for Different Types of Hair Loss
- 0.7 How Does Microneedling for Hair Loss Work?
- 0.8 Microneedling Findings
- 0.9 Feedback from Users
- 0.10 Microneedling frequencies: what you need to consider
- 0.11 Stage 1: Inflammation of the scalp area
- 0.12 Stage 2: Proliferation and Healing of Wounds
- 0.13 Stage 3: Remodelling and Maturation
- 0.14 How Often Should You Do Microneedling for Hair Loss?
- 0.15 Conclusion
- 0.16 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- 0.17 Book Now Pay Later
- 0.18 Revolutionise Your Hair Regrowth Journey with Scalp RF Microneedling
- 1 The Secret to Thicker, Healthier Hair: Understanding How Often to Microneedle for Effective Hair Loss Prevention and Regrowth in Singapore
- Microneedling Frequency: Varies by needle size; smaller needles allow more frequent sessions.
- 0.25 mm Needles: Ideal for product absorption, use once or twice weekly.
- 0.5 mm Needles: Increases blood flow and collagen, recommended every two weeks.
- 1.0 mm Needles: Effective for hair loss, alopecia; use every four to six weeks.
- Visible Results Timeline: Consistent treatment shows improvements in 4-6 months.
- Personalized Treatment: Frequency depends on individual response and hair loss severity.
Drawing from my extensive experience in the aesthetics industry, including my time as the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic and my previous role at Laser Clinics Australia, I’ve had the privilege of guiding countless customers in their treatment of hair loss, particularly through techniques like microneedling.
The Microneedling Frequency Formula ⏰
In this article, I’ll share insights on how often to do microneedling for hair loss to achieve thicker, healthier hair. Using fine needles to create micro-injuries on the scalp has been widely researched and discussed.
Understanding how a treatment works with your body’s natural healing processes and hair growth cycle is important, not just the frequency of the treatment. I will use scientific research and my own experiences with clients to create a complete guide on using microneedling for hair restoration.
How Often Should You Do Microneedling for Hair Loss?
The frequency of scalp microneedling sessions for hair loss can be broken down into the following stages:
“Rejuvenate your hair with microneedling – a little every day goes a long way!
Microneedling the Scalp Once Every 1 to 3 Weeks
Unlock the secret to hair regrowth with microneedling, as supported by compelling evidence. Studies have confirmed that undergoing microneedling sessions every 1–3 weeks can promote hair regrowth. These intervals have been specifically tested in individuals with androgenic alopecia (AGA), a common form of hair loss.
A Case Study: Unveiling the Results
Delve into a comprehensive case study conducted at the Department of Dermatology, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and Hospital in Mumbai. This 12-week study involved 100 men with AGA who willingly participated and provided informed consent.
Participants were randomly split into two groups using the “tossing coin” method: the Microneedling group (N = 50) and the Minoxidil group (N = 50). To ensure consistent hair shaft length at baseline, all patients had their scalp shaved prior to treatment.
The Microneedling Journey: A Weekly Procedure
Within the Microneedling group, patients underwent a weekly procedure on the scalp. This involved microneedling sessions complemented by the application of 1 ml of 5% Minoxidil lotion, applied twice daily. On the other hand, the Minoxidil group solely applied 1 ml of 5% Minoxidil lotion twice daily.
Unveiling the Results: Microneedling Outperforms Minoxidil
At the end of the 12-week study, the results were nothing short of remarkable. Microneedling group had a significantly greater increase in hair count at week 12 than the Minoxidil group. These findings highlight the efficacy of microneedling as a promising treatment for hair regrowth in individuals with androgenic alopecia.
The mean change in hair count at week 12 was significantly greater for the Microneedling group compared to the Minoxidil group.
Microneedling Frequency Depends on Variety of Factors
In my experience in aesthetics, I’ve seen how microneedling can rejuvenate the skin. However, it’s important to know that the frequency of treatments depends on several factors. It’s not a one-size-fits-all approach. Here’s what I’ve learned:
Remember, it’s about finding a balance that works for your skin while achieving desired results. Always consult with a skincare professional to tailor the treatment to your unique needs.
Table: Recommended Frequency of Microneedling for Different Types of Hair Loss
See the table below for the recommended frequency of microneedling for different types of hair loss
|Type of Hair Loss
|Frequency of Microneedling
|Mild hair loss
|Once every 2-4 weeks
|Moderate hair loss
|Once a week or every other week
|Severe hair loss
|Once a week or every other week, for several months
How Does Microneedling for Hair Loss Work?
rom conversations with industry experts and through my own research, I’ve gained insights into how this technique can be a game-changer for those battling hair loss. Microneedling, a procedure known for its skin rejuvenation benefits, also extends its magic to hair restoration:
Although promising, it is important to note that this treatment should be done by trained professionals and that results may vary.
A quick glance at these results suggests two things:
- Microneedling enhances minoxidil’s effectiveness. Two studies have found that microneedling can significantly enhance the effectiveness of minoxidil as a treatment. Combining these two treatments produces better results compared to using microneedling or minoxidil alone.
- Microneedling once weekly can be better than biweekly. Bao et al. (3) showed that microneedling once every fortnight resulted in an exceedingly 25% increase in hair count. Dhurat et al. (4) showed that microneedling once per week resulted in an exceedingly 40% increase in hair count. Both studies used a 1.5 mm needle length; both studies used 5% topical minoxidil twice-daily alongside microneedling.
- We can’t compare hair change percentages between two studies because there are many factors that could affect the results, such as different demographics, study duration, and investigators. But if we take this back-of-the-envelope comparison at face-value, we’re faced with a stimulating takeaway.
Feedback from Users
This user (with hair thinning) utilised a 2.0 mm dermapen weekly alongside 5% minoxidil for his first 2 months. After 2 months, he moved to 10-14 day wounding intervals. He does not use minoxidil on the days that he does microneedling.
This user employed weekly microneedling with a 1.5 mm dermaroller alongside topical minoxidil (percentage not specific). After 1.5 months, he transitioned to microneedling only with these results after 3 months (Note: left photo is +3 months; right photo is +0 months).
Microneedling frequencies: what you need to consider
More microneedling or deeper needle penetration can cause scarring and a higher cancer risk.
Wound healing windows depend entirely on the character of an injury. Microneedling can affect healing time based on factors like pressure, number of needles, procedure duration, and needle depth.
The goal: to wound deep enough / often enough to evoke follicle proliferation – but not deep enough / often enough to cause scarring.
So, what does the evidence say about average healing times for wounds this deep? Medical grade needles can cause wounds at depths of 0.25 mm to 2.0 mm, which are the same ones used for hair loss treatment.
The short-answer: we don’t yet know. After microneedling, we haven’t fully studied the three stages of wound-healing in human skin: inflammation, proliferation, and maturation.
Stage 1: Inflammation of the scalp area
According to Dunkin et al. (5), cuts on the skin that are 0.5-0.6 mm deep may cause inflammation for 24–48 hours. However, these cuts will heal completely without leaving any scars.
Some researchers have said that using longer medical grade needles (1.5 mm to 2.00 mm) less often (i.e., once every 1–2 weeks) should not cause scarring.
Many of us prefer to use a 0.5 mm needling device daily, while clinical trials on microneedling have used 1.5 mm to 2.0 mm rollers less frequently (every 1-2 weeks).
Stage 2: Proliferation and Healing of Wounds
After the initial inflammatory response, the subsequent stage of wound-healing is proliferation. When a wound heals, new tissues such as extracellular matrix and collagen are formed. These new tissues provide the foundation for the growth of new blood vessels, known as angiogenesis, in the scalp.
The proliferation phase starts immediately after microneedling and should reach its peak after 2 months. Nowadays, it’s not known how epidermal and dermal stem cells are laid low with microneedling.
Stage 3: Remodelling and Maturation
New type III collagen fibres integrate into the present skin matrix with no trace of fibrotic tissue. Collagen is formed from a depth of 0.6 mm and moves towards the basal membrane when using 1.5 mm needles. This is a motivating fact.(8)
Wounds heal within 4–6 weeks. But, the wounding initiated by microneedling may be a (for the foremost part) controlled micro-injury. As such, these wounds take significantly less time to heal.
That said, it’s hard to specify a general healing window for a given microneedling session. This can happen due to several factors that influence the extent of the injury and the necessary time for complete recovery.
These factors are centred around depth of penetration of the needle and individual variances in healing time. The deeper the needle and the more pressure used in microneedling, the longer the healing time required. This is also influenced by how long your body takes to heal the treated area.
How Often Should You Do Microneedling for Hair Loss?
The frequency of microneedling for hair loss varies based on factors like the severity of hair loss, the needle size, and how well the individual heals.
As a general rule, most people can expect to see positive results from microneedling within three to six months. To maintain these results, it’s recommended to repeat the treatment every four to six weeks.
The frequency of microneedling for hair loss varies for each person, so it’s important to consult a dermatologist for a personalized treatment plan.
In conclusion, based on my extensive interactions with customers experiencing hair loss and my ongoing research in aesthetic treatments, I’ve found that the frequency of microneedling sessions plays a crucial role in promoting thicker, healthier hair. Typically, for those beginning their microneedling journey, 1.5mm, microneedling devices performed at weekly intervals for 12 weeks minimum, together with the daily application of minoxidil for best results.
Microneedling for Healthy Hair Growth
This allows the scalp sufficient time to heal and respond to the treatment, encouraging natural hair growth. As progress is observed, sessions can be gradually spaced out to once a month, ensuring continuous stimulation of the hair follicles while maintaining scalp health. It’s important to remember that individual responses to microneedling can vary based on factors like age, lifestyle, and overall scalp condition.
Therefore, a personalized approach, preferably guided by a professional, is essential for optimal results. Consistency and patience are key – as the benefits of microneedling for hair loss are typically observed over a period of time, not overnight. Remember, the journey to thicker, healthier hair is a marathon, not a sprint.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q1: What are the potential side effects of microneedling for hair loss?
Q2: Can microneedling be used for all types of hair loss?
Q3: How long does it typically take to see results from microneedling treatments?
Q4: Is microneedling a standalone treatment or should it be combined with other therapies?
Q5: Why choose Wellaholic for microneedling hair loss treatments in Singapore?
Q6: Are there any lifestyle or dietary recommendations to complement microneedling treatments?
Serene Chiam, Aesthetic Director
Serene Chiam, the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, an acclaimed Aesthetic Chain in Singapore, brings over a decade of expertise in the aesthetics industry. With a Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics) and CIDESCO certifications, she expertly combines scientific knowledge with practical skills. Serene is known for her personalized approach to beauty, ensuring each Wellaholic client’s journey is unique and transformative. Her significant contributions have been pivotal in establishing Wellaholic’s reputation for excellence in aesthetic wellness.
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