Everyone knows about Botox and everyone has something to say about it. Either you are pro-Botox and not so shockingly wrinkle-free or you are proud to still be able to have facial expressions. Consider us, neutral in this beauty battle of wits because we understand both sides, and we have always chosen to operate under the sentiment that you know what’s best for you. But, did you know there is a multitude of uses for Botox that don’t involve needles in your face? Mainly, sweat prevention (now that is something we are 100% for). Botox is FDA-approved for excessive sweating and is used when patients feel that regular deodorants and even clinical antiperspirants aren’t cutting it. We spoke to Dr. Norman Rowe, MD of Rowe Plastic Surgery, about the growing trends of patients seeking out Botox to combat the embarrassing and stressful effects of excessive daily sweating and how to decide if you should seek out Botox as a treatment option.

 

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What is hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is excessive and unpredictable sweating. Sweating is normal, but a person with hyperhidrosis seems to sweat for no reason at all.

How can you tell if you suffer from it?

If you experience excessive and unpredictable sweating of an area for no reason at all even when it is cold and you are not active.

What trends have you noticed in performing Botox for sweat related issues? 

Patients often come to me for botox treatments for hyperhidrosis of the hands, underarms, and scalp. The average age of the patient is between 30-35.

Can you describe how a typical treatment works?

After obtaining a patient’s medical history, a series of Botox injections are placed into the sweat glands to reduce perspiration in the area of excessive sweating (Editor’s note: it reduces your sweating by blocking the nerves from reaching the sweat glands). The number of injections depends on the size of the area (Editor’s note: for an underarm treatment, four syringes were used in a diamond shape to ensure all sweat glands were treated).

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What are the side effects?

There can be some minor swelling and be bruising at the injection sites. (Editor’s note: we did bruise a little, but we weren’t concerned because like we said Botox is FDA-approved and has an overall 95% satisfaction rate).

Is the treatment immediately effective? When are the results noticeable?

In 7-10 days the patient will experience less sweating in the area that was treated.

How long does it last for? Once you have your first treatment, will you need to schedule regular appointments?

The treatment lasts 4-6 months, and we recommend patients returning in 4-6 months for their next treatment.

What is your number one tip for a first-time patient?

Avoid any Advil for 1 week before the procedure to help avoid pinpoint bruising. [We can’t stress this enough, make sure you] “have a thorough conversation with your physician about the treatment so that all your questions are answered and you feel comfortable with the procedure.

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