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Botox: Baldness Cure?

There have been reports in the media recently that some doctors use Botox Cosmetic for hair loss. Initial reports sound promising.

The truth is Botox is not FDA approved for hair loss, and physicians are using the medication off-label. Unfortunately, there aren’t any research articles in the medical literature that supports Botox injections for hair loss. There have not been any well-documented results with this application. Risks and side effects are unknown with this application. Long-term results are also unknown.

Botox Cosmetic may be a potential treatment option for baldness and hair loss. However, plastic surgeons and dermatologists should do well organized medical research to study the possible risks and benefits before offering it to our patients.

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    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.