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Cosmetic Surgeon Uses Botox for Baldness Treatment

Cosmetic Surgeon Uses Botox for Baldness Treatment

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A Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon thinks Botox® Cosmetic might provide a cure for baldness. Dr Simon Ourian says he injected his mother's scalp with the drug to treat migraine headaches caused by chemotherapy and noticed some of her lost hair growing back.

In his cosmetic practice, Ourian routinely injects Botox® Cosmetic (botulinum toxin Type A) into patients' facial muscles to smooth wrinkles. He was also aware of other applications, including the treatment of migraines.

After his mother's surprising results, Ourian says he treated volunteers at his clinic for three years with a mixture of Botox® Cosmetic and vitamins thought to stimulate hair growth. Pleased with the results, he is now offering the therapy to other clinic patients. The doctor says he thinks the treatment restores lost circulation to dormant follicles, resulting in renewed hair production.

Botulinum toxin got its start in the cosmetic surgery industry as a result of being used by eye surgeons to stop involuntary spasms of facial muscles around the eyes. When surgeons noticed that it also smoothed wrinkles associated with those muscles, its cosmetic use began.

Ourian's admits his treatment is not a permanent solution. Although he says he saw significant improvement after a single treatment, he says injections must be repeated to sustain the results, as is the case with popular topical medications.

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