Name: S. Gill
Question: I have been hearing that Botox injections into the scalp can accelerate hair growth quickly. Is this true?
Answer: The Belgravia Centre reported on the idea of Botox as a hair loss treatment a few months ago. It’s claimed that Botox helps stimulate hair growth by increasing blood circulation to the hair follicles and it might help, if only marginally. However, there is no solid evidence that Botox can accelerate hair growth or prevent hair loss.
The man behind the theory, Beverly Hills aesthetic surgeon Dr. Simon Ourian, said he noticed his mother experienced re-growth of hair after he injected Botox into her scalp in the belief it would alleviate her chronic headaches. Bear in mind though that his mother’s hair loss was a result of chemotherapy and in the vast majority of these cases, hair grows back on its own after the treatment has concluded.
Perhaps the timing was a coincidence, but Dr. Ourian tested his discovery on volunteers. He now claims the treatment requires repeated injections, but can give significant results after just one session. However, his tests aren’t conclusive and are not a good indication that Botox can accelerate hair growth, or is yet ready to treat hair loss.
It’s unlikely at this stage that Botox can alleviate the effects of genetic hair loss, the most common type of hair loss, also known as male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss. And until Botox is clinically tested and deemed medically safe in promoting hair growth, there are clinically proven hair loss treatments already available and none of them require regular jabs.