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Hair Donor Scar Revision with BOTOX Injection for the Best Results

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

botox for hair transplantIn a recent email, a patient is going to undergo an additional hair transplant and scar revision.  He had done some research in regards to the use of BOTOX injections to help reduce the width of his scar and wonders where and why would you use BOTOX injection, how many units or CCs, and whether it would benefit him.

BOTOX injection has been recently introduced to hair transplant surgery for the prevention of scar stretching.  There have been a number of patients that have been studied but the research has a very limited number of test subjects.  The main purpose of the research was to help compare the effects of BOTOX injection on scar width.  One side was treated with BOTOX injection while the other is left alone and the results are recorded during their post hair transplant surgery follow up visits.

It is hard to conclude what the best dosage of BOTOX would be in and around the donor wound because of the limited findings reported.  In a recent blog titled Botox Can Reduce Widening of Hair Transplant Scars found in US Hair Restoration Blog, BOTOX helps minimize tension present around the edges of the wound.  This action helps collagen mature and the scar wound to form completely.

More studies need to be done to get a much more conclusive answer in regards to the number of units needed and how often BOTOX needs to be reapplied.  Because of this, the amount of BOTOX injection needed must be determined by the individual surgeon.  This can also change based on the length and size of the hair transplant donor scar.  As a note, the injections should not be placed within the first week of post surgery due to the acute inflammatory reaction caused by surgery and should be repeated in 4 month intervals.  Muscles tend to get their strength back within or after that time frame.