Botox for the balds

by James Collins of Plastic Surgery Guide

According to, plastic surgeons around the world perform millions of Botox procedures each year. It is one of the safest outpatient procedures performed on both men and women, making it one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Botox or Botulinum Toxin A was approved by the FDA in 1990 for the treatment of eye muscle spasms. With the help of different studies, the use of Botox has grown surprisingly. According to a study by University of California, San Francisco, the patients under the case study experienced relief from migraine following Botox injections. Botulinum toxin A derived from bacteria can also even out wrinkles, relieve headaches, improve jaw pain, treat muscle pain disorders, improve chronic back pain and treat excessive sweating. And by the year 2009, Dr. Simon Ourian accidentally discovered that it can also help in hair regrowth.

Dr. Simon Ourian, a cosmetic surgeon in Beverly Hills, California, injected Botox on his mother's scalp to treat her headaches. His mom underwent chemotherapy that lead to her hair loss. He was surprised to see his mother's hair had regrown.

Botox widens the blood vessels, allowing nutrients to enter into the hair shaft causing hair regrowth. For the next three years, Dr. Ourian has tested on volunteers with baldness and thinning hair conditions with the injection of Botox. He has added a few vitamins to Botulinum toxin A to make the injection more effective in promoting hair growth. A few sessions are needed, but with a simple injection into the scalp, dramatic results have taken place.  Many men and women who suffer from Alopecia, or the loss of hair from the head or body,experience a lack of self-confidence when they have little or no hair. Dr. Ourian believes that this new injection is very safe and one of the most effective hair loss preventions he has ever seen.

His claims were examined by Dr. Elena Dimitrova, Hair and Scalp Specialist at the Belgravia Centre. She said, “Chemo-induced hair loss occurs in the anagen (growth) stage and will always grow back spontaneously within five years.” According to the expert, Botox can only be applicable if the hair follicle is not totally damaged, “Botox injections may help in cases of diffuse thinning but they certainly will not prevent genetic hair loss and will not help with scarring alopecia.”

His claims have not yet been proven nor accepted, which just mean that there is no assurance that this can really be an effective or safe method to prevent hair loss.

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