Scalproller - Inducing New Hair Growth through Skin Damage

One of the most promising approaches to ultimately solving the hair loss problem seems to be based on controlled skin damage that could produce new hair growth. The current hair loss treatments such as Rogaine (minoxidil) or Propecia (finasteride) cannot produce sufficient new hair growth whereas hair transplantation options are restricted by the limited amount of donor hair available, which is not sufficient to effectively cover large bald areas. Therefore, one of the options, which are still being explored, is to use techniques that would remove the skin’s top layers and which would cause some cells in the skin to turn themselves into hair producing cells.

Although this research, mainly conducted by the US medical device firm Follica is yet in the initial stage of development there are already some, scientifically non-proven devices such as scalproller that base their effectiveness on this approach. Similar devices to the scalproller, called dermarollers, have been used to treat acne scars and wrinkles for some time, and to increase the penetration of skincare products. Scalproller uses tiny needles that penetrate into the scalp’s upper skin layers causing light damages that are said to induce new hair growth. In addition it also helps the penetration of topical hair growth treatments such as Rogaine, improving their effectiveness. The difference between dermarollers and a scalproller is mainly in the material used to make the needles. Scalproller is a new, yet untested device and consumers should know that it has not been clinically tested neither proven for treating hair loss and its potential side-effects are therefore unknown.