Can Botox Cure Baldness?

Is there anything Botox can't do? Aside from its primary wrinkle-relaxing purpose, doctors have used botulinum toxin to alleviate excessive sweating, TMJ, muscle spasms and more. The latest job listed on Botox's resume marks a return to a cosmetic concentration: hair-loss remedy.

A Beverly Hills plastic surgeon accidentally discovered Botox's purported hair-regrowing power when he was injecting his own mother's scalp in an effort to relieve the migraines she had been getting from chemotherapy, which had made her hair fall out. Upon seeing his mother's hair grow back, the doctor mixed the Botox with vitamins and began using the mixture on volunteers at his clinic.

After three years of testing, he came to the conclusion that his Botox-and-vitamins blend reduces scalp tension and boosts circulation, consequently improving nutrient absorption and triggering hair growth. The treatment, he says, is most effective in those with alopecia areata, also known as spot baldness.

As of now, the success of Botox as a hair-loss remedy is essentially anecdotal. Until clinical trials are performed, there is no guarantee of its effectiveness or long-term safety, so you should wait until more information is available before asking your doctor to perform this off-label treatment.