As the leading anti-wrinkle treatment in the United States, Botox is become the ultimate quick-fix solution for reducing the signs of aging. However, this potent drug also offers other benefits, and some doctors use Botox as an off-label product to treat excessive sweating, reduce migraines, and even relieve pain associated with an enlarged prostate. Now, one doctor claims that Botox can also treat baldness.
Dr. Simon Ourian of Beverly Hills, California injected Botox into his mother’s scalp to perform a test of his theory, and found that his mother’s hair was able to regrow. According to a story in the UK’s The Sun, Botox dilates the blood vessels which in turn stimulates hair growth.
Dr. Ourian has been testing Botox for baldness on volunteers for three years, and says he often sees a dramatic difference after just a single session.
Botox continues to be the most sought-after minimally invasive treatment for wrinkles in the United States because it paralyzes the facial muscles so that new wrinkles cannot form. It can also smooth out existing wrinkles by plumping up the skin slightly and creating a more contoured appearance. This is why Botox is commonly administered to the forehead where deep furrows and lines often appear.
Studies are also underway on the effects of Botox as part of chemotherapy, and treating certain inflammatory skin conditions such as acne.
Doctors are licensed to use Botox for off-label purposes, but these purposes have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or by international medical boards. Doctors who choose to use Botox outside of wrinkle correction must discuss the risks and potential dangers associated with the poison when consulting with the prospective patient, and also complete a waiver of liability should there be any unwanted side effects.
If Botox can effectively reduce the rate of hair loss, it may be a valuable alternative to some of today’s complex, and often-pricey hair loss treatments.