Microneedling for Hair Loss

Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that has gained popularity as a potential treatment for hair loss. This procedure involves using a device with tiny needles to create small punctures in the scalp, stimulating the healing response and promoting hair growth.

History of Microneedling for Hair Loss: Microneedling has been used for various skin conditions, such as acne scars and wrinkles, for many years. Its potential benefits for hair loss were discovered when researchers observed improved hair growth in patients undergoing microneedling for skin rejuvenation.

Mode of Action of Microneedling: The mechanism of action of microneedling for hair loss is multifactorial. The microscopic punctures created by the needles stimulate the production of collagen and other growth factors in the scalp. This stimulates the hair follicles and promotes hair growth. Additionally, microneedling also enhances the absorption of topical medications applied to the scalp, such as minoxidil, which is commonly used for hair loss.

Reference Studies: There is limited scientific evidence on the efficacy of microneedling for hair loss. However, some studies have shown promising results. A study published in the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery in 2013 reported that microneedling combined with minoxidil was more effective in promoting hair growth compared to minoxidil alone in patients with androgenetic alopecia¹. Another study published in the International Journal of Trichology in 2019 found that microneedling with or without topical minoxidil improved hair growth in patients with hair loss due to alopecia areata².

It is important to note that microneedling for hair loss is recommended to be performed by a qualified healthcare professional, however microneedling can also be done at home using a dermaroller or a dermapen. It is important to note that at-home microneedling should be done with caution as it can lead to complications if not done properly. Improper use of needles, rolling too aggressively, or using a roller that is not sterile can lead to infections, scarring, and worsening of hair loss.

It is recommended to consult with a dermatologist or a qualified healthcare professional before attempting microneedling at home. If done properly, at-home microneedling can be a cost-effective and convenient way to stimulate hair growth. However, it is important to follow proper hygiene and safety protocols to prevent complications.


1. Dhurat R, Sukesh M, Avhad G, et al. A randomized evaluator blinded study of effect of microneedling in androgenetic alopecia: a pilot study. J Cutan Aesthet Surg. 2013;6(4): 185–188. doi:10.4103/0974-2077.123450

2. Dhurat R, Mathapati S. Response to Microneedling Treatment in Men with Androgenetic Alopecia Who Failed to Respond to Conventional Therapy. Int J Trichology. 2019;11(4): 153–157. doi:10.4103/ijt.ijt_78_18

Used for: Male Pattern Baldness