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Botox - It's Not Just for Wrinkles

July 14, 2017

Raise your hand if you have excessive underarm sweat.

Now put your hand down. We can all see your pit stains.

Excessive underarm sweat (also known as hyperhidrosis, if you’re feeling technical) really stinks, no pun intended. Soaking through shirts, staining your clothes, trying to give someone an awkward hug without raising your arms; it’s embarrassing. Most deodorants, while better than nothing, don’t cut it for super sweaters. Prescription strength is better, but stings like crazy. As weird as it sounds, do you know what does work? Botox.

Yes, Botox. The same stuff that treats lines on your forehead also stops sweating in your underams. How? By disrupting the nerve receptors that stimulate your sweat glands. It’s not permanent, but will get you 3-6 month of dryness. Like, really dry. I had it done before my wedding, and spent the entire evening outdoors- at the beach, in the summer- hugging people with no fear of getting armpit funk all over them.

How is it done? Just like in the forehead, but more of it. The recommended dosage is 100 units of Botox to treat both underarms, which works out to roughly 20 small injections per side. I promise you, though, that it’s not nearly as scary or painful as that sounds. I have an embarrassingly low pain tolerance, and I barely feel it. The entire treatment takes 20-30 minutes, and you should start to notice results within a few days.

Some clients choose to treat their underarms with Botox a few times a year to maintain their results. Others do it at the start of summer, at the start of winter (as added clothing layers can cause some people to sweat more), or before a big event. And speaking of big events, we will be doing a Facebook Live event on Friday, July 21st at noon, featuring none other than yours truly getting injected for the benefit of our viewers.

It’s also for the benefit of everyone around me this summer, as I have overzealous sweat glands and a profound love of tank tops.

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