Microneedling for Hair Restoration
As with the skin, the microneedling device can be used for the scalp too. It contains lots of tiny needles which can be used alongside minoxidil. Serums can also be placed on the scalp and needled into the skin to aid regrowth.
The key is diagnosis, because, as mentioned, if you have damaged the hair follicle, then there is not treatment that will help this. A hair transplant can obviously be of use, but not the types of treatment we offer at London & Surrey Aesthetics.
- Microneedling treatment course of 3 £600.00 (£200.00 per session)
- Microneedling treatment course of 6 £1,080.00 (£180.00 per session)
- Maintenance 2 sessions twice yearly £400.00 per 2 sessions
If there are vitamin or hormone imbalances, sexually transmitted diseases or infections, then these underlying causes need to be dealt with first. Again, involving your GP or dermatologist may be the best option. Scalp biopsy and blood tests may be necessary and are not done in our clinic.
If there are no medically related underlying causes of hair loss, then we come on to the hair loss that can regrow on its own.
For example if you have recently:
- Recovered from a major illness
- Had surgery
- Had a baby
- Underwent cancer treatment
- Lost 10kg or more
- Have got rid of the psoriasis on your scalp
- Stopped pulling your hair back and putting stress on the hair
- Sopped using damaging products on your hair
Although hair can regrow on its own, having treatment may speed up the regrowth and help thicken the hair.
One of the most common at home treatment of hair loss is Minoxidil, which is a liquid that you apply to the scalp usually one to twice per day. This can prevent further hair loss and also stimulate hair growth. However, it is a slow process and can take 6 months or more to see much hair growth. When you stop applying it, the hair loss returns. Minoxidil can only help early hair loss.
Laser caps, bands and combs
There are quite a few devices on the market involving at home use of laser. This can be in the form of caps, bands or combs. However only a few studies have reviewed their effectiveness. Certainly, more research is needed to review their effectiveness. Not everyone sees regrowth of hair.
Medical treatments by dermatologists
Dermatologist (specialist skin doctors) can also use other injectable substances and clinical laser therapy to improve hair growth. There are also prescription drugs that can help with regrowth and again this can take 4 months or so to notice improvement. Please discuss with your GP if you would like to consider these treatments.
Hair loss, a concern that affects millions worldwide, isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s deeply intertwined with an individual’s self-esteem and confidence. While there are myriad treatments available, not all offer the same efficacy or natural results.
Microneedling is a revolutionary technique that aids to rejuvenate the scalp and stimulate hair growth.
At London & Surrey Aesthetics, we offer microneedling to provide a solution that’s both effective and minimally invasive.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling, often referred to as collagen induction therapy or dermarolling, is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure designed to rejuvenate the skin or scalp, and address various dermatological concerns. The procedure involves the use of a specialized device equipped with numerous tiny, sterile needles. These needles create controlled micro-injuries on the skin’s surface, triggering the body’s natural wound healing process.
Benefits of Microneedling for Hair Restoration
Microneedling, a minimally invasive procedure, has gained significant attention in the realm of hair restoration. By creating micro-injuries to the scalp, it stimulates the body’s natural wound healing processes, leading to increased collagen and elastin production. Here are the key benefits of opting for microneedling for hair restoration:
Stimulation of Natural Hair Growth
Microneedling activates the scalp’s stem cells and promotes the growth of hair follicles. This can lead to the regeneration of new hair strands and the strengthening of existing ones.
Enhancement of Product Absorption
The tiny channels created by microneedling allow for better absorption of topical hair growth products, such as AntiAge MD and other hair growth serums. This can amplify the effectiveness of these treatments, leading to faster and more pronounced results.
Improvement in Scalp Circulation
The procedure boosts blood flow to the scalp, ensuring that hair follicles receive an ample supply of nutrients and oxygen. Enhanced circulation can invigorate dormant hair follicles, encouraging them to enter the growth phase.
Reduction in DHT Production
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a hormone linked to hair thinning and loss. Microneedling can help reduce the production of DHT, thereby slowing down hair loss and promoting a fuller scalp.
Safe for Most Individuals
Microneedling is suitable for both men and women and can be used on all hair types. It’s a safer alternative to surgical procedures, with minimal side effects and downtime.
Compared to surgical hair transplantation and other invasive treatments, microneedling is relatively affordable. It offers a balance between efficacy and cost, making it accessible to a wider range of individuals.
Post-procedure, patients can typically resume their daily activities quickly. While slight redness or swelling might occur, these symptoms usually subside within a day or two.
Unlike some treatments that can give an artificial appearance, microneedling promotes natural hair growth, ensuring that the results blend seamlessly with the existing hair.
Microneedling for hair restoration, therefore, is a promising technique that harnesses the body’s innate healing mechanisms to combat hair loss. By choosing this procedure, individuals can look forward to a rejuvenated scalp and a boost in self-confidence.
The Microneedling Procedure at London & Surrey Aesthetics
At London & Surrey Aesthetics, we pride ourselves on offering state-of-the-art treatments that prioritise patient safety and satisfaction. Our microneedling procedure for hair restoration is no exception. Here’s a step-by-step guide to what you can expect during your visit:
Before any treatment begins, you’ll have a one-on-one consultation with one of our trained professionals. This session is crucial for understanding your hair loss concerns, medical history, and desired outcomes. It also provides an opportunity to address any questions or concerns you might have. There are many different reasons for hair loss, and it is important that all the correct tests have been performed to establish the cause, prior to any treatment. Any vitamin deficiency for example, needs to be addressed as this can reverse hair loss in some patients.
Our experts will examine your scalp to determine the extent of hair loss and the health of your hair follicles. This assessment helps in tailoring the microneedling procedure to your specific needs.
The treatment area will be cleaned thoroughly to prevent any infections. It is important that your hair is clean and has no product in it prior to treatment. Do not use Minoxidil on the day of the treatment and for 24 hours after treatment.
Using a specialized microneedling device, our trained professional will create tiny punctures in the scalp. These micro-injuries stimulate the body’s natural healing process, increasing collagen production and rejuvenating hair follicles. When combined with hair growth serums, the microneedling process can enhance the absorption of these products, amplifying their effects.
Once the procedure is complete, our experts will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to ensure optimal results and a smooth recovery.
For the best results, multiple microneedling sessions are recommended. The number and frequency of these sessions will depend on the individual’s hair loss severity and desired outcomes. Regular follow-ups will also allow our team to monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to the treatment plan.
At London & Surrey Aesthetics, we are committed to providing treatments that are both effective and safe. Our team’s expertise ensures that the microneedling procedure is conducted with the utmost precision, maximizing benefits while minimizing any potential risks. If you’re considering microneedling for hair restoration, we invite you to experience the difference at our clinic.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Microneedling for Hair Restoration
What exactly is microneedling for hair restoration?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that involves using a device equipped with tiny needles to create controlled micro-injuries on the scalp. This stimulates the body’s natural healing process, promoting increased blood flow and collagen production, which can aid in hair regrowth.
How long does the microneedling procedure take?
A typical microneedling session for hair restoration at London & Surrey Aesthetics lasts between 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the area being treated.
Is the procedure painful?
While you might feel some discomfort, the procedure is generally well-tolerated. The depths required to stimulate the scalp are not too deep and therefore most patients are comfortable throughout the procedure. For example, in one study reviewing androgenetic alopecia (hereditary hair loss) the depth of 0.6mm was found to be more effective than the depth of 1.2mm (Faghihi et al. 2021). This is where being more gentle can be the answer.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions varies depending on individual needs. On average, patients undergo 3 to 6 sessions spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart for optimal results. Our specialists will provide a personalized treatment plan during your consultation. Depending on your hair loss, at home treatment may also be recommended.
Are there any side effects?
Common side effects include temporary redness, swelling, and a sensation similar to a sunburn. These typically subside within a few days. It’s essential to follow aftercare instructions to minimize any potential side effects. Most studies have found no serious adverse events when microneedling has been studied (English et al. 2022). Transient pain, scalp irritation and mild redness were the most common reported (English et al. 2022).
When can I expect to see results?
Patients often notice an improvement in hair texture and volume within a few weeks. However, significant hair regrowth can take a few months as the scalp heals and responds to the treatment.
Can I combine microneedling with other hair restoration treatments?
Yes, microneedling can be combined with other treatments like minoxidil or hair growth serums to enhance results. There have been studies comparing minoxidil and other treatments in isolation compared with those treatments plus microneedling and found the combined minoxidil and microneedling groups do better (Starace et al. 2020; Burns et al. 2021). Our experts will advise on the best combination based on your specific needs.
Is microneedling suitable for all types of hair loss?
Microneedling is effective for various hair loss types, especially when the hair follicles are still active. However, it may not be suitable for all conditions. A thorough consultation will determine if microneedling is right for you.
How should I care for my scalp after the procedure?
Avoid direct sun exposure, rigorous exercise, and swimming for at least 48 hours post-treatment. It’s also recommended to use a gentle shampoo and avoid using hair products with harsh chemicals during the healing process.
Why choose London & Surrey Aesthetics for microneedling?
London & Surrey Aesthetics boasts a team of trained professionals with years of experience in hair restoration treatments. Our clinic uses state-of-the-art equipment, ensuring safe and effective treatments tailored to each patient’s unique needs.
Reclaim Your Confidence with Thicker, Healthier Hair!
At London & Surrey Aesthetics, we believe everyone deserves to feel their best. Microneedling for hair restoration is more than just a treatment; it’s a step towards regaining your self-assurance and embracing a fuller, revitalized appearance.
Burns et al (2021). A pilot evaluation of scalp skin wounding to promote hair growth in female pattern hair loss. Int J Womens Dermatol. 7(3): 344–5 .
English et al. (2022). Microneedling and Its Use in Hair Loss Disorders: A Systematic Review. Dermatol Ther (Heidelb), 12, 41-60.
Faghihi et al. (2021). Microneedling in androgenetic alopecia; comparing two different depths of microneedles. J. Cosmet Dermatol, 20, 1241-1247.
Starace et al. (2020). Preliminary results of the use of scalp microneedling in different types of alopecia. J Cosmet Dermatol. 19(3):646–50