5 Surprising Uses for Botox
Much more than simply a wrinkle freezer, these days, the injectable is being used for a bunch of shocking things. (Breast lift, anyone?)
The psychological effects of losing one's hair are profound and the public's demand for a solution has driven pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies to experiment with all sorts of out of the box thinking in the hopes of landing the big kahuna -- the "cure" for baldness.
Dr. Simon Ourian, a Los Angeles-based cosmetic surgeon, thinks that he's stumbled on to what could be the next big hair loss hope: Botox. Following a series of chemotherapy, his mother began to get terrible headaches. Her dutiful son injected her scalp with the toxin to help alleviate the pain and, what do you know, she began to re-grow hair that she'd lost during her cancer treatments.
In the years since his accidental discovery, Dr. Ourian has incorporated his combination of Botox and special hair-growth vitamins into the menu of services offered at his Beverly Hills clinic. What's generated a lot of excitement over Botox as a baldness treatment is the assertion that it can help actually re-grow hair -- a claim that none of the leading remedies like Rogaine and Propecia, which solely prevent further hair loss, can make.
Details: The doctor assesses (and charges) patients on a case by case basis at his Beverly Hills Epione cosmetic medical center.
Scoop: Despite the positive results thus far, Dr. Ourian's website is quick to point out that, "his findings are anecdotal and that proper clinical trials still need to be done."