Scalproller: Microneedles May Help You Grow Thicker Hair
A recently presented therapeutic device for treating hair loss through scalp stimulation, causing scalp injuries, called Nanogen Scalproller may seem unconventional in its way of approaching the hair loss problem but its scientific background sounds quite reasonable. It has been known for some time that wounded scalp skin can start producing new hair and that scalp stimulation may increase hair counts. In addition, it is a proven fact that improved penetration of topical hair growth stimulants such as Rogaine, e.g. through burning the upper skin layers with Retin, leads to their greater efficacy in promoting new hair growth. Similar devices to the Scalproller, called dermarollers, are already used to treat acne scars and wrinkles, and to increase the penetration of skincare products.
Nanogen Scalproller was specifically designed to treat hair loss, through making tiny pinprick holes in your scalp. Unlike conventional dermarollers, which use stainless steel needles, this device employs titanium needles because the use of titanium eliminates excess irritation. The currently available needle lengths are 0.5mm and 0.3mm but devices with needles as long as 2mm should be available soon. The needles penetrate the upper layers of the skin, where they encourage the skin's own repair & hair growth mechanisms and help increase the penetration of topical hair loss treatments without causing any bleeding, pain or permanent injury. In addition, Scalproller can also be applied to heal donor scars after hair transplantation. This therapy is suitable for both sexes. Scalproller can be used as a stand-alone therapy or, due to its ability to increase the penetration of topical agents, it can be employed in combination with Rogaine or another topical hair-growth stimulant. However, this device has not been clinically tested yet, therefore no clinical data regarding its efficacy and safety is available. A possible concern that springs to one's mind might be that the constant skin damage from long-term use could induce skin cancer. Hence, consumers should be careful and wait for the release of clinical data on the efficacy and safety of this device.