Botox can give you a youthful look by improving the appearance of common signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. This injectable treatment relaxes the underlying facial muscles, treating fine lines and wrinkles like crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead lines.
Now, however, we’re starting to discover its potential for addressing other concerns, one of which is hair loss.
Androgenetic Alopecia: Understanding Hair Loss
Androgenetic alopecia is a type of hair loss wherein patients experience female or male pattern baldness. Men usually notice bald spots becoming more evident, while women tend to experience thinning hair along the crown.
Men with alopecia (male pattern baldness) can start losing their hair as early as their teens or early 20’s, while women with female pattern baldness don’t experience significant hair thinning until their 40’s or later.
Common Causes of Androgenic Alopecia
Here are the common causes of androgenic alopecia:
- Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This testosterone derivative sometimes attacks the hair follicles, causing hair to fall out and impeding healthy regrowth.
- Heredity. This is the most common cause. Genetics usually plays a part in most cases of hair loss.
- Hormonal changes. Hormonal fluctuations play a big role in hair loss. Pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, and thyroid disorders are also common culprits.
- Aging. Nutrients in the scalp aren’t as quickly or substantially replenished due to aging, which leads to hair loss.
- Stress. Patients can experience moderate to severe hair fall or thinning due to prolonged physical or emotional stress.
- Hairstyles and treatments. Severe hairstyles that pull tightly on the scalp like pigtails or cornrows, along with treatments containing harsh chemicals, can cause hair loss called traction alopecia.
- Certain medical conditions. Ill health can result in the loss of nutrients, which are crucial for thick, healthy hair.
Hair loss can also be a side effect of taking certain drugs, such as those that treat cancer, arthritis, depression, heart problems, gout and high blood pressure.
How Botox Helps With Hair Loss
A patchy scalp is often attributed to insufficient blood flow. Injecting Botox into the scalp can relax the scalp muscles, thus enhancing the blood flow and increasing the delivery of nutrients to the hair for better regrowth and density.
Unlike surgical methods like hair transplants that require a long period of recovery, Botox for hair loss is non-invasive and doesn’t require downtime. Do note that Botox injections are only effective if the patients still have active follicles that can still grow hair.
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We know how frustrating it is to see more hair on the floor rather than on your head. Our qualified providers here at Dr. Chow’s Rejuvenation Practice in Lee’s Summit, MO can still save your remaining hair strands to restore your crowning glory – without the risks and downtime that come with surgical procedures.
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