How does microneedling help with hair loss

Microneedling for Hair Loss: How It Works and Why It’s Effective

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TL:DR Summary

  • What is microneedling? A procedure that creates tiny punctures in the scalp to boost blood flow and healing.
  • How does microneedling help hair loss? It activates stem cells and growth factors that promote hair follicle regeneration and reduce inflammation.
  • What are the benefits of microneedling for hair loss? It can increase hair density, thickness, strength, and quality, as well as reduce hair shedding and baldness.
  • How often should you do microneedling for hair loss? It depends on your needle size, but generally once a week or once every two weeks is recommended.
  • How to do microneedling for hair loss at home? You need a dermaroller or a dermapen, a topical serum, and a disinfectant. Follow these steps to do it safely and effectively.
  • What are the risks and side effects of microneedling for hair loss? It can cause mild pain, bleeding, redness, swelling, infection, or scarring. Consult your doctor before trying it.
According to a survey executed amongst women in Singapore in 2019, over 53% of respondents aged 35 to 44 years reported hair loss as their key hair concern

Introduction: How Does Microneedling Help with Hair Loss?

With my extensive background in aesthetic science, including a Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics) and a CIDESCO certification, I’ve had the opportunity to explore a variety of treatments and their impacts on our customers.

One area that has increasingly garnered attention is the use of microneedling for hair loss. Through my interactions with customers and ongoing research in the field, I’ve gained valuable insights into how this technique works and why it’s proving to be an effective solution for those struggling with hair thinning and loss.

Tiny Pricks, Big Results: Unleash Scalp’s Healing Potential for Hair Growth

Microneedling, a procedure that involves creating tiny punctures in the scalp, is not just about superficial treatment. It’s a method that taps into the body’s natural healing processes, stimulating blood flow and nutrient delivery to the hair follicles. This can be particularly beneficial for hair regrowth.

In the detailed article that follows, I will delve into the science behind microneedling, its effectiveness for hair loss, and what individuals considering this treatment should know.

Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that involves using a small handheld device with tiny needles to create tiny punctures in the skin’s surface. This process is also known as collagen induction therapy (CIT) and is used to stimulate the skin’s natural healing process and promote the production of collagen and elastin.

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that involves using a small handheld device with tiny needles to create tiny punctures in the skin’s surface. This process is also known as collagen induction therapy (CIT) and is used to stimulate the skin’s natural healing process and promote the production of collagen and elastin.

What are the benefits of microneedling?

Microneedling very first obtained its online reputation as an effective treatment for scars and pigmentation during the 1990s. Since then, it’s been studied as a potential option or adjunctive therapy for androgenic alopecia and alopecia areata as well as all forms of hair loss and pattern baldness. Microneedling can also help to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pores, stretch marks, and skin texture.

What are the factors that affect microneedling?

The needles used in microneedling can vary in size, ranging from 0.5mm to 2.5mm. The size of the needles depends on the specific skin concerns being addressed. For example, smaller needles may be used for fine lines and wrinkles, while larger needles may be used for scars or stretch marks. The depth of penetration, the frequency of treatment, the type of device, and the use of topical products can also influence the outcome and safety of microneedling.

Dermarolling is a cosmetic procedure that uses a small roller device to puncture the skin and promote collagen production

What about Microneedling with a Dermaroller?

Microneedling with a dermaroller involves rolling the tool across the skin with firm pressure. This repeated, multidirectional rolling creates tiny bleeding pinpoints on the scalp, in the case of microneedling for hair loss.

How does microneedling help with hair loss?

The purpose of microneedling in the case of loss of hair is to boost papilla, or the stem cells in hair follicles and hair bulbs, to stimulate hair growth or hair regrowth. The idea is that by creating micro injuries, the body’s natural defenses will encourage wound healing, to allow hair re-growth and improvements in the baseline hair count, making this an ideal hair loss therapy.

Why is a microneedling pen better than a dermaroller?

Generally, a microneedling pen works better than a derma roller for several reasons. The microneedling pen’s needle depth can be adjusted, so that it targets the scalp at the right depth. Also, the microneedling pen’s cartridge is disposable, and hence it will not cause any infection or any other risk of infection due to the accumulation of bacteria (which typically will happen for a dermaroller when derma rolling).

Medications for hair loss include minoxidil (Rogaine) and finasteride (Propecia)

Is there Evidence that Microneedling can Help with Hair Loss? 

What was the 2013 study on microneedling and hair loss?

There have been several studies on the effectiveness of microneedling treatment of androgenetic alopecia, also known as pattern hair loss (in men and women) or male pattern baldness. For instance, a 12-week 2013 randomized blinded study of 100 men in Mumbai was the first to examine the hair growth results of microneedling in humans.

Previously, researchers had seen promising results in mice. In this study, half of the participants were given minoxidil (a topical FDA-approved hair loss solution) and the other half underwent microneedling procedures once per week, with the topical treatment minoxidil.

What were the results and implications of the 2013 study?

According to the researchers, participants who used microneedling in conjunction with minoxidil saw greater hair count changes and overall patient satisfaction.

Eight months after the human studies, the participants still showed positive results as a response. This suggests that microneedling can enhance the efficacy of minoxidil and provide a safe and effective treatment option for hair loss.

Why You should Never do Microneedling on your Own

It may seem appealing to try DIY microneedling in the privacy of your own bathroom. Tools are deceptively cheap, and the procedure may seem as simple. But at-home microneedling is too risky and can paradoxically result in increased hair loss, rather than the hair growth you hope for.

What are the risks of DIY microneedling for hair loss?

DIY microneedling can cause infection, scarring, inflammation, and damage to the hair follicles. This can worsen your hair loss condition and compromise your scalp health. Moreover, DIY tools may not have the right needle size, depth, or quality to achieve the desired results. You may end up wasting your time and money on ineffective or harmful treatments.

Why you should see an expert for microneedling for hair loss

To prevent infection and ensure you’re achieving the correct needle depth to encourage new hair growth, you should see an expert with experience using microneedling for hair regeneration. While it will cost more than doing it at home ), the potential damage of DIY microneedling at home is far too risky.

An expert can provide you with a customized treatment plan, monitor your progress, and advise you on the best aftercare practices. You can also benefit from combining microneedling with other treatments, such as minoxidil or platelet-rich plasma (PRP), to enhance your results.

Risks of Microneedling on Your Own 

If you’re thinking about doing microneedling on your own, it’s time to hit the pause button and think twice. While it may seem tempting to save a few bucks and DIY your way to better skin, the risks of microneedling on your own are simply not worth it. From the risk of infection and injury to the potential for scarring and using unregulated equipment, there are plenty of pitfalls to this at-home beauty trend. So before you break out the needles and start poking away, remember that sometimes it’s better to leave things to the professionals.

Don’t Needle Your Scalp! Lisa’s Story Exposes DIY Microneedling Risks

I remember a customer at Wellaholic, let’s call her Lisa. Lisa was struggling with hair loss and in her desperation, she decided to try DIY microneedling at home. She had read about it online and thought it was a cost-effective solution.

However, instead of seeing improvement, Lisa started experiencing severe inflammation and scarring on her scalp. She also noticed that her hair loss had worsened. Concerned, she came to us for a consultation.

Upon examination, I realized that the DIY microneedling tool she had been using was not of the right needle size and depth. It had caused damage to her hair follicles and led to an infection. I explained to Lisa that while microneedling can be beneficial, it’s crucial to have it done by a professional to ensure the right technique and tools are used.

We started Lisa on a professional treatment plan, which included proper microneedling sessions at our clinic. Over time, her scalp health improved, and she started seeing a reduction in her hair loss.

Lisa’s experience is a stark reminder of the potential risks of DIY microneedling. It’s not just about wasting time and money on ineffective treatments; it’s about the potential harm you could cause to your scalp and hair. Always seek professional help when dealing with such sensitive issues.

Table: Risks of Microneedling on Your Own

Please see the table below on why you should never do microneedling on your own:

RisksDescription of Risks
Risk of infection– Microneedling involves creating tiny punctures in the skin, which can increase the risk of infection if proper sterilization techniques are not used.
– Professional microneedling treatments are typically done in a sterile environment, using equipment that has been properly cleaned and sanitized.
Risk of injury– Microneedling can cause injury or damage to the skin if not done properly
– A trained professional knows how to adjust the depth and speed of the needles based on the individual’s skin type and condition, minimizing the risk of injury.
Lack of expertise– Microneedling is a delicate and precise procedure that requires a high level of expertise and skill to perform
– A trained professional has the knowledge and experience necessary to properly assess the individual’s skin type and condition, and to choose the appropriate needles, depth, and speed for optimal results.
Unregulated equipment– Microneedling devices are not regulated by the FDA, which means that there is a risk of using low-quality or unsafe equipment
– A trained professional will use high-quality, FDA-approved equipment that has been properly maintained and calibrated.
Risk of scarring– Microneedling can cause scarring if not done properly
– Particularly if the needles are too deep or if the skin is not properly prepped before the procedure
– A trained professional knows how to properly prepare the skin and adjust the needles to minimize the risk of scarring.
Table: Risks of Microneedling on Your Own
Here is the conclusion and key takeaways from this article by Wellaholic


Microneedling for hair loss is an incredible treatment that has gained popularity for its effectiveness in stimulating hair growth. Throughout this blog, we’ve explored the fascinating world of microneedling and its benefits for those struggling with hair loss.

We’ve learned how this minimally invasive procedure works by creating tiny microchannels in the scalp, triggering the body’s natural healing response and promoting the growth of new hair follicles.

Bald Patches Be Gone! Wellaholic’s Microneedling for Fuller Hair

Wellaholic is committed to providing top-notch microneedling treatments, utilizing advanced techniques and technologies to deliver optimal results. Whether you’re experiencing thinning hair or bald patches, microneedling offers a promising solution that can help restore your confidence and achieve a fuller head of hair.

Don’t let hair loss hold you back any longer – embrace the power of microneedling at Wellaholic and embark on your journey towards regaining thicker, healthier hair.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q1: How long does it take to see results from scalp microneedling treatments for hair loss?

A1: Results from scalp microneedling can vary based on individual hair growth cycles and the severity of hair loss. Generally, clients may start to notice improvements in hair thickness and density within 2-3 months of consistent treatment. Wellaholic’s tailored treatment plans ensure optimal results for each client.

Q2: Can scalp microneedling be combined with other hair loss treatments for enhanced results?

A2: Yes, scalp microneedling can be effectively combined with other treatments such as Minoxidil, Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), or Wellaholic’s Minoxidil Scalp Booster for enhanced hair regrowth outcomes. Combining treatments can synergistically improve hair density and strength.

Q3: Is scalp microneedling suitable for all hair and scalp types?

A3: Scalp microneedling is a versatile treatment suitable for various hair and scalp types. It is effective for conditions like Alopecia Areata, Androgenetic Alopecia, male pattern baldness, and thinning hair. Wellaholic’s experienced specialists can tailor the treatment to suit individual needs and scalp conditions.

Q4: Are there any lifestyle or dietary recommendations to complement microneedling treatments for hair loss?

A4: A balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals, especially those known to support hair health like Vitamin E, iron, and protein, can complement microneedling treatments. Reducing stress, avoiding harsh hair treatments, and maintaining a healthy scalp environment also contribute to the effectiveness of the treatment.

Q5: How does Wellaholic ensure the safety and effectiveness of its microneedling treatments?

A5: Wellaholic adheres to stringent safety protocols, using sterilized, high-quality equipment for each session. Our therapists are extensively trained in microneedling techniques, ensuring treatments are performed with precision and care. We also provide comprehensive consultations to assess individual needs and tailor treatments accordingly.

With over 8 years of experience in the aesthetics industry, I am passionate about enhancing beauty and wellness through innovative, science-based approaches. As the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, I am committed to delivering exceptional services that are tailored to each client's unique needs. My expertise spans across advanced skincare treatments, body sculpting, hair removal services, and nutritional supplements, all aimed at helping clients achieve their personal best.

Serene Chiam, Aesthetic Director

Serene Chiam is the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, a well-known aesthetic chain in Singapore. She has more than ten years of experience 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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