Expert Says Botox May Stop Baldness

CB061456As 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.

Further Reading

  • Just recently in July of 2012, the New England Patriots All-Pro Wide Receiver Wes Welker joins the millions of men battling with hair loss. Welker chose Dr. Robert Leonard, chief surgeon and founder of Leonard Hair Transplant Associates.

  • A new TV show in Australia called The Shire recently spotlighted plastic surgery and featured the stars of the show having now qualms about treatments. The show’s stars Sophie and Vernesa aren’t afraid to show off their fake breasts in revealing tops and dresses, and are both sporting the infamous lip-enhanced pouts. Vernesa admits that she’s been told not to have any more filler treatments in her lips to prevent her lips from touching her nose. She undergoes Botox for the first time on camera.

  • Kim Kardashian continues to shoulder rumors about having plastic surgery, and some people report that the star has had multiple procedures including liposuction, breast augmentation, and Botox. Kim has admitted to having Botox, as well as VelaShape treatments designed to treat cellulite and smooth out the skin. She reportedly undergoes laser facial treatments to maintain her smooth skin and ward off the effects of aging. But has she really gone under the knife for more extensive procedures?