Microneedling is a minimally-invasive skin care procedure that is most known for reducing the signs of aging. It’s effective in diminishing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, brown spots, skin discolorations, stretch marks, and acne scarring. Now, microneedling pens are producing results in terms of hair loss.
MDPen is very excited about using microneedling machines for hair loss. We support all MDPen microneedling practitioners, from doctors, aestheticians, nurses, and spa owners, with microneedling equipment, microneedling pens, and microneedling training courses. We have formulated our own all-natural skin care products as well to be used with microneedling pens and for everyday use. Visit our website today for a plethora of information.
Otherwise known as collagen-induction therapy, microneedling induces collagen production in the skin by inflicting tiny injuries using a needle and causing the body’s natural healing process to kick in. Microneedling is a skin procedure that has been around since 1995. It began as a procedure to help scarring. Since then the number of microneedling procedures performed every year only increases as the effectiveness of the procedure becomes more and more well known and the uses of the procedure grows.
MICRONEEDLING AND HAIR LOSS
Alopecia, is an autoimmune-caused disorder where the immune system mistakenly attacks the hair follicles, causing hair loss. Androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness), which affects both men and women, is another hair loss condition that is a combination of genetic and hormonal factors. Notoriously tricky to treat, male pattern baldness can be helped with microneedling procedures. Traction alopecia (caused by frequent pulling of the hair) and telogen effluvium (stress related excess hair shedding) can be treated by microneedling as well.
Microneedling helps stimulate collagen production as well in the hair follicles in the skin, which encourages hair growth. In addition, research has shown that microneedling can also stimulate stem cells in the skin, which further stimulate skin growth. Microneedling also opens up the skin’s pores with its skin pin pricks. Because of this, microneedling may also promote the absorption of hair growth products, such as minoxidil (Rogaine). Another study shows microneedling when used in conjunctions with corticosteroids may help reduce hair follicle inflammation from alopecia areata.
Nothing changes about the microneedling pen and procedure itself. The skin area to be treated will be numbed, the microneedling pen will be applied to the focused area, encouraging hair follicle growth as collagen is stimulated and the healing process begins.
SIDE EFFECTS OF MICRONEEDLING
As with any medical procedure, side effects can occur. For microneedling, these are infrequent and usually not severe. Side effects include:
- Skin irritation
- Inflamed skin
- Burning sensation
- Itching as your old skin flakes off and your new layer of skin forms
- Infection if the microneedling aftercare instructions of wound caring is not followed
- Temporary redness
- An exacerbation of dermatological issues
MICRO NEEDLING AFTER CARE
- Wear sunscreen — in the case of your scalp, wear a hat for at least 48 hours and then sunscreen anytime you’re in the sun
- Wash the treated areas with gentle cleansers, such as those that MDPen offers. Our Hydrating Cleanser is specially formulated for micro needling aftercare and is all-natural. Don’t wash your scalp with regular shampoo and conditioner for at least 48 hours
- Apply your normal skin care routine to your scalp after 48 hours. By using our skin care products which are all vegan formulations with organic ingredients that are paraben, petrochemical and SLS/SLE free, you will maximize results.We offer our Hydrating Cleanser, Copper + HA mist to promote water retention in the skin, and at least one of our serums, Pure Hyaluronic Acid, Tighten + Lift, and/or Cellular Renewal Serums.
- Avoid excessive sun exposure for 10 days
- Do NOT use any Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Beta Hydroxy Acid, Retinol (Vitamin A), Vitamin C (in a low pH formula) scrubs or anything perceived as “active” skincare for one week post treatment.
- Do not go swimming for at least 72 hours post-treatment
- Do not exercise or participate in strenuous activity for the first 72 hours post-treatment, so you don’t sweat, which promotes bacterial growth.
In medical cases such as alopecia, microneedling procedures may be covered by your insurance plan. MDPen maintains a database of microneedling practitioners certified and trained by us in the use of our microneedling pens. A complete list of experienced licensed medical professionals, including dermatologists, aestheticians, and cosmetic surgeons, can be found on our website.
MICRONEEDLING FOR HAIR LOSS
Studies are ongoing for microneedling for hair loss, and results depend largely on what’s causing your hair loss. If your hair loss arises from conditions such as psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, or stress, you may need to exercise caution. With the most studies and evidence, those suffering from androgenic alopecia should consider microneedling.
As most of us know, hair grows slowly so the results of your microneedling procedure for hair loss usually takes three months to see results and can be as much as nine months.
In addition, MDPen’s Facebook page is up-to-date with the latest workshops in your area for practical, hands-on microneedling training courses. There is a wealth of information available as well as videos of actual microneedling procedures being performed with patients.
In our quest to bring microneedling to everyone, MDPen offers financing options on our microneedling pens. Both our MDPen Dual Cordless/Electric Micro Needling and MDPen Electric Micro needling pens are eligible for financing. The application is available online and the turn around for approval is fast. Let the microneedling equipment pay for itself as you can begin to offer micro needling now and pay as you go. The equipment is usually tax-deductible, as Section 179 allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price for equipment financed. Most businesses are able to deduct 100% of the total equipment costs, giving you another incentive to invest in adding micro needling to your practice today and helping those with hair loss throughmicroneedling.
MDPen is very excited about all the studies being done with regards to microneedling as a treatment option for hair loss. Our hair, like our skin, is an expression of who we are and dealing with hair loss can be emotionally draining and embarrassing. MDPen understands you want to look and feel your best when you look in the mirror, step out for a night on the town, or see family and friends over the holidays. Hair loss affects millions of people worldwide, and micro needling technology is an exciting innovation to help those who suffer from it. Visit us online today for the latest news and updates to microneedling and hair loss as well as many microneedling supplies!