Dermatologist Insights: Does Dermaroller work for hair regrowth?

Dermatologist Insights: Does Dermaroller work for hair regrowth?

Struggling with thinning hair, alopecia (hair loss), or a patchy beard? Want to get back natural hair growth on your scalp or beard without undergoing surgery? A microneedling or dermaroller treatment in Bangalore performed by a dermatologist can be an ideal option for your hair loss concerns!

This post details a derma roller for hair regrowth. You can also watch this video by our dermatologist in Bangalore for more details on this procedure-

What is a derma roller?

Derma roller is a dermatological device with a handle and a rolling surface equipped with numerous microneedles. It is a manual cylindrical shape tool with microneedles varying in lengths, usually 0.2 to 1.5 mm, and crafted with either medical-grade titanium or surgical stainless steel.

Derma roller is rolled over the problematic areas of the skin or the scalp by a skin and hair expert, a licensed dermatologist to address varieties of aesthetic skin concerns and even hair loss. The cosmetic procedure where this medical-grade device is employed is called microneedling (collagen induction therapy).

Commonly, derma rollers or microneedling treatment is also employed in skin rejuvenation but these days their use is also seen in encouraging hair growth. Nowadays, derma rollers are available for self-use at home.

What  are the benefits of a derma roller?

  • Microneedling is a minimally invasive approach to achieve fuller and thicker hair in the areas of the scalp having thinning hair or bald spots/patches.
  • It promotes microcirculation and cell turnover in the treated area.
  • It enhances the oxygen supply to the hair roots.
  • It prompts hair thickening and better hair strength while preventing excessive hair shedding or hair loss.
  • It improves the drug delivery to the treated area through its created micro-channels in the skin. There is better absorption of hair growth stimulating medications like minox-idil; GFC solution, essential vitamins, peptides, and other natural hair growth stimulators as compared to their application without microneedling.

How does a derma roller work in hair regrowth?

Derma roller causes a controlled micro injury to the skin which encourages collagen formation, boosts microcirculation to the skin cells and hair roots, and brings a lot of natural growth factors to the area being treated which further stimulates cell regeneration and healthy hair regrowth (if done on the scalp).

A derma roller of a minimum of 1mm in depth should be used to create micro-punctures in the skin to get the desired results. For more details on microneedling hair fall control treatment in Bangalore you can consult with a hair loss doctor near me.

How to use a derma roller to encourage hair growth?

There are two options to use a derma roller for hair growth. One is professional derma roller treatment performed by a hair doctor in Bangalore at the clinic and another is at-home treatment. In-clinic use of a derma roller may yield better results than at-home use and allow an individual to gain first-hand experience in using a derma roller. If an individual practically learns the use of a derma roller, he or she can confidently transition to at-home derma roller treatment.

When using a derma roller for hair growth, one needs to follow these simple steps:

  1. Cleanse Scalp- Wash scalp and hair with a mild shampoo to get rid of any dirt, extra oil, and the remains of hair products. After cleansing the scalp, thoroughly pat dry the scalp with a towel.
  2. Prepare Derma roller- Before using a derma roller, soak it in a solution of 70% isopropyl alcohol or a mild liquid soap diluted with warm water for about 15-20 minutes. This ensures that the derma roller is sterile before applying on the scalp skin and there is minimal to no chance of infection.
  3. Section Hair- To use a derma roller, divide hair into manageable sections to expose the scalp skin. Take one small section at a time and make sure there is an even, thorough application of the derma roller.
  4. Rolling Technique- Gently roll over the microneedles on the derma roller on the exposed scalp in different directions for 5 minutes. Repeat it across all the sections of the scalp.
  5. Post-derma rolling care- Once all the sections are rolled over by a derma roller, apply a skin-nourishing cream or mixture of essential oils to the scalp. Allow cream or oils to settle into the micro-channels created on the scalp skin. This will take about 15-20 minutes. Lastly, wash off the scalp using a gentle shampoo. Follow any aftercare instructions provided by a dermatologist to ensure smooth healing of the treated area and minimal side effects.

How often should derma roller be used for hair regrowth?

Dermatologists recommend microneedling in Bangalore with a derma roller once every week. More frequent use of a derma roller does not necessarily yield better results and may increase side effects. Even a single treatment session every 3 weeks can encourage hair regrowth.

When to replace the derma roller?

Every 6-8 weeks, the used derma roller should be replaced with a new one as the derma roller may get blunt.

Who can use a derma roller for hair regrowth?

Derma roller is an effective, best hair fall treatment in Bangalore offered by Dr. Rasya Dixit for all hair loss sufferers seeking at-home solutions to start natural hair regrowth either alone or in adjunct with the use of topical products like hair loss serums. However, it is not recommended for use by diabetics, pregnant women, individuals with active skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, infection, acne, or allergy; or those who have a history of blood clots

What to keep in mind when using a derma roller for hair regrowth at home?

  • Use a derma roller weekly after applying hair serum or as directed by a dermatologist.
  • Every time, apply the derma roller for 4 to 5 minutes in vertical, horizontal, and diagonal directions.
  • After its use, the derma roller should be properly washed with shampoo and warm water, air-dried, and then kept back in its packaging.
  • Gauge correct pressure to the skin with a derma roller. In case too much pressure is applied on the scalp skin, there is potential for more scarring, irritated skin, bleeding, and infection. Therefore, it is always recommended to learn from a dermatologist how to use a derma roller at home. A dermatologist can guide you on how much pressure to apply while using a derma roller. After using a derma roller, one can follow up with a self-treatment at home.

Precautions for using a derma roller at home

  • The same derma roller should not be used by multiple persons.
  • The microneedle part of the derma roller should always be cleaned and sanitised after use and kept in its packaging out of reach of small children.
  • Inform the dermatologist if experiencing any skin allergy on using a derma roller.
  • Do not use a derma roller on open skin wounds and skin close to sensitive areas like ears, neck, eyes, etc.
  • First, use a derma roller on a small skin patch and then on the entire target area, if there are no unwanted effects seen.

What are the side effects of using a derma roller for hair regrowth?

Although derma roller is a safe and effective tool to stimulate hair growth, it does come with certain side effects. The potential side effects include:

  • Redness and inflammation of the treated for a maximum of 5 days
  • More sensitivity to the sun.

Microneedling with a dermaroller is an amazing hair restoration treatment.

If you want more details on this procedure or GFC, mesotherapy, or dermaroller hair loss treatments in Bangalore do consult Dr. Rasya Dixit today!