Is there any risk of Botox triggering an autoimmune disease?

I had alopecia as a child with full regrowth and that was over twenty years ago. I am considering botox for wrinkles, but I don't want to do anything that would trigger the autoimmune condition. Could the toxin spread to the hair?

Answers from doctors (3)


St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center

Published on Jun 20, 2010

Botox only migrates a short distance from where it is injected (may 1-2 cm, at most) and, to my knowledge, should not trigger an immune response. Properly administered, botox will never affect your hair.

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Answered by St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center

Botox only migrates a short distance from where it is injected (may 1-2 cm, at most) and, to my knowledge, should not trigger an immune response. Properly administered, botox will never affect your hair.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Rejuve

Published on Mar 17, 2010

I have heard this as well and I have not seen Botox trigger any autoimmune disease. In addition, out of all the autoimmune diseases out there, I would be the least concerned about alopecia areata and botox.
I think you should go right ahead with botox and not worry about losing your hair.

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Answered by Rejuve

I have heard this as well and I have not seen Botox trigger any autoimmune disease. In addition, out of all the autoimmune diseases out there, I would be the least concerned about alopecia areata and botox.
I think you should go right ahead with botox and not worry about losing your hair.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Esta Kronberg, M.D.

Published on Mar 17, 2010

Botox should not trigger an autoimmune problem. It will not make you lose hair.

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Answered by Esta Kronberg, M.D.

Botox should not trigger an autoimmune problem. It will not make you lose hair.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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