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Skin Care Study: Botox May Promote Hair Growth

Posted by floriza in Skin Care

A skin care study conducted in Canada has found that Botox may help to re-grow hair. The researchers tested 50 men who have either male patterned baldness or androgenic alopecia. The men received two injections of 150 units of Botox (Botulinum toxin A) at 12 weeks and at 24 weeks.

Of the 50 men who began the study, 40 of them completed it. They were found to have an increase of hair growth of 18 percent from the beginning of the study (baseline) to the 48-week point. The percentage of hair lost was decreased as well by 39 percent. The hair loss was evaluated based on the amount of hair left on the participants’ pillows compared to the amount lost prior to the injections.

The researchers theorize that the toxin may work by paralyzing the scalp muscles. This, in turn, provides more oxygen and blood to the skin, promoting hair growth and inhibiting hair loss. In patients with androgenic alopecia, there is too much of a substance called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). When more oxygen reaches the scalp, it cuts down the amount of DHT.

The researchers believe that Minoxidil may work in a similar way to Botox since the percentage of hair regrowth after Minoxidil use is about the same as found from the Botox injections.

The Safety of Botox

Botox has caused side effects in some patients, so it may not be a viable treatment for all men with hair loss or alopecia. Further studies need to be conducted to verify these findings, but Botox could eventually become a common treatment for balding men and women.

Botox has been used for many years to treat muscle spasms by paralyzing the muscle and stopping the excessive movement. Then, it began to be used to reduce wrinkles and lines by relaxing the underlying muscles, allowing the skin to smooth over the tissue. This is its most frequent use today. Later, Botox was found to be a useful treatment for migraine headaches.

Skin Care Services

Skin care in New Jersey, New York, and other parts of the country provide patients with a host of cosmetic treatments, including Botox injections and other facial fillers such as Restylane. Additionally, these facilities provide assistance in choosing sunscreen protection, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, facials, acne treatments, and more.

These skin care professionals, generally called medical aestheticians, can also often provide a skin analysis to determine a home regimen for optimal skin care.


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