Using Botox for Sweating
Have you ever noticed that celebrities don't sweat? Even if they're parading down a red carpet in sweltering heat, you won't see a hint of underarm moisture. Their secret? Botox for sweating.
Many celebrities reportedly have Botox injected into their armpits before events. That's because Botox can curb even the most excessive sweating, AKA hyperhidrosis. Here's a rundown of how Botox stops sweat, what to expect during an appointment, and how long it can keep you dry.
How does Botox for sweating work?
Back in 1993, two physicians researching the treatment of facial spasms discovered one of the more interesting side effects of Botox—it minimized sweating. When injected into the dermis, the layer of skin where sweat glands, hair follicles, and nerve endings are found, Botox attaches to nerve endings, interrupting signals from the nervous system that activate sweat glands.
It's most effective in areas with more hair follicles; that's why Botox for underarm sweating is the most common Botox sweating treatment. However, some doctors do recommend it for a hyperhidrosis treatment for the palms and feet, too.
How many injections do I need?
During an appointment, the doctor generally administers 10–15 injections to each underarm. But don't worry, the needle is pretty fine.
According to the Botox website, such injections can reduce sweating by more than half, with really noticeable improvement during the first four weeks.
How long does it last?
Results can last for nearly seven months—that's about three to four months longer than the results last with Botox for wrinkles.
Just how sweaty do I need to be for this?
Using Botox for sweating is recommended for people aged 18 or older who haven't found relief from over-the-counter or prescription antiperspirants. Other indicators include having to change clothes multiple times a day due to sweating or keeping towels or deodorants on hand to manage perspiration.
However, some people do use the injections to treat less serious cases of sweating.
But wait—doesn't my body need to sweat?
Yes, of course. But your body has as many as 4 million sweat glands. There will still be plenty of healthy sweating going on.
This article was originally written by Kelly MacDowell and published in a different format. It has since been updated by our editors.
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