What Is BOTOX?
BOTOX is a type of drug, which is a sterilized form of a toxic protein called botulinum, derived from some species of bacterium. The sterilized drug is widely used for a number of therapeutic treatments including certain neurologic disorders, hyperhidrosis, migrane, etc, but most popularly, it is used as the injectable dermal filler for reducing fine lines like crow’s feet and frown lines.
The BOTOX in the form of a serum is injected into muscles in small selective areas of the face, wherein fine lines tend to appear. The drug effects in contracting muscles, as a result limit the elasticity of the skin, and thus make a relaxed appearance for the wrinkles.
Common Hair Loss and Other Types
The most common cause or diagnosis of hair loss is androgenic alopecia, which occurs due to androgenic altercations releasing an enzyme called DHT that inflames hair follicles at large that lead to permanent hair loss in men and women. In men, it is extreme by causing baldness, while women face acute loss of hair density rather than baldness.
Other than androgenic alopecia, there are about half a dozen hair loss types that are uncommon to rare. Among these diagnoses, the most common is telogen effluvium and traction alopecia. These hair loss types may occur along with androgenic hair loss or as a standalone diagnosis.
Telogen effluvium is a non-androgenic hair loss that occurs due to shock caused to the natural hair growth cycle which stops or delays hair growth. This shock is usually caused by malnutrition, hair damage, environmental exposure, certain illness and side effects of drugs.
Traction alopecia is a scarring baldness symptom that occurs due to external hair damage usually caused by hairstyling products and procedures, like excessive heat and pulling of hair.
How Can BOTOX Possibly Work As A Hair Loss Treatment?
It is only a clinical assessment that combines the physiology of androgenic alopecia as well as how the BOTOX drug works to ascertain a possibility of treatment.
The most valid explanation indicates that as the scalp muscles contract with the introduction of BOTOX it allows more oxygenated blood circulation in the scalp and deeper in the dermal papillae. As the inflammation of the hair follicles accelerate at low-level oxygenation, the higher circulation of oxygen enriched blood causes hindrance in the DHT inflammation and prolongs hair growth. The mechanism might be similar to PRP therapy or topical Minoxidil.
This is not a validated concept, perhaps still a clilinically tested procedure with limited outcome. Other regions of specification are yet to be fulfilled with questions of effectiveness including—
- Any variation of effect as per male and female hair loss diagnoses
- Side effects
- Amount of filler needed to procure this is as a treatment, since the dosage of the bottulium toxin is limited because of its toxicity
- Toxicity issues