Botox has become a lunch time fix-it remedy for everything from anti-aging and wrinkle busting to treating migraine headaches, but can it really prevent baldness? Dr. Simon Ourian, Medical Director of an aesthetic surgery in Beverly Hills claims his customised Botox cocktail will make baldness a thing of the past.
Dr. Ourian discovered the apparent hair loss prevention properties of Botox while treating his own mother for debilitating headaches, a side effect of chemotherapy she was receiving at the time. He had followed the advice of Allergen, the world’s leading Botox manufacturer, and after injecting his mother’s scalp found that not only did her headaches diminish, but that her hair began to regrow.
“I was happily surprised by the result,” Dr. Ourian said. “So I decided to share the discovery with several of my regular patients. Because hair loss is a significant source of insecurity for many people, both men and women, there was no shortage of volunteers with thinning hair.”
In an effort to increase the efficacy of the treatments, Dr. Ourian added a mixture of vitamins and found them to improve the tissue environment surrounding the hair follicles. He attests that his Botox and vitamin cocktail injections are a safe and effective way to treat baldness but Dr. Elena Dimitrova, hair and scalp specialist at the Belgravia Centre has found a few faults in his claim which might bust his Botox bubble.
“Botox is a relaxant, the effects of which dilate the blood vessels and improves blood circulation,” Dr. Dimitrova said. She allows that Botox may be helpful in stimulating regrowth but only in certain cases if the hair follicle is not permanently damaged.
“Chemo-induced hair loss occurs in the anagen (growth) stage and will always grow back spontaneously within five years,” she said. “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.”
Dr. Ourian’s claims have not yet been proven nor accepted which means there is no medical or scientific evidence to assure us that this method is an effective or safe hair loss treatment. The prospective patient looking for ways to treat hairloss has more choices now than at any time in history but there are only two proven medical treatments (Propecia and minoxidil) and one device for the treatment and prevention of hair loss which are approved by the FDA for safety and efficacy. As for herbal remedies, there are a number of supplement options available on the shelves but none of these have been scientifically proven to grow hair.
“Vitamins improve the quality of the hair but they are supplements, not treatments,” Dr. Dimitrova said. “They will not grow hair and do not increase the percentage of regrowth.”
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