Sweating is natural. It is our body’s way of cooling us down if we are overheated. We sweat when we are nervous
, we sweat in warm weather, and we sweat when we are exercising. Sweating at the gym or when you are out for a run is normal and is not something to worry about. Sweating in the office or during public speaking can, for some people, be a frustrating or embarrassing thing and can leave people feeling a little nervous.
Some people use antiperspirant to hide sweat or use pads inside their shirts to mask the sweat. Antiperspirant can leave residue on your clothes, though, and the pads aren’t ideal if you are wearing a dress or a tight shirt. That’s why some people are turning to other methods for preventing sweat from happening in the first place.
Using Wrinkle Injection for Sweating
Botox injections are usually used to mask wrinkles and to give people a more youthful experience. The idea of using a wrinkle injection for sweating
is relatively new, but it is surprisingly effective. Botox is actually a neurotoxin, but when it is injected in very small amounts it can freeze the muscles near the site of the injection, which means that the expression lines and wrinkles associated with those muscles do not form. When it is injected into the armpit, it performs a similar role, blocking the messages that tell the sweat glands in that area to secrete sweat. This means that you don’t sweat for a while after the injections.
Sweating is a natural, normal function of the human body, and if we didn’t sweat at all then we would overheat and get very sick. Botox injections are highly localized though, and this means that if you get a wrinkle injection for sweating, it will only stop the sweat in the area near the injection. Your body will still sweat elsewhere to help regulate its temperature.
The effectiveness of wrinkle injection for sweating can vary from person to person. For some people, it is a hugely effective treatment. For others, it doesn’t work well at all. The good news is that it is a simple treatment and it doesn’t take long to do. The injection process takes just 30 minutes, and you’ll know quite quickly whether it will work for you or not. The effects of the treatment usually last for around six months, and for those six months if the treatment worked you’ll enjoy an antiperspirant-free life.
What Happens In the Treatment
The treatment is just a matter of some injections. It is up to you whether you want to shave your armpits or not before getting the treatment. Some people do, some people don’t. You will be given the option to have some numbing cream applied before the injection. Your armpits are quite sensitive so you might want to accept that offer, but if you usually don’t mind needles then you can have the injections without.
The Botox comes in a powdered form and is diluted using a saline solution. You will need quite a large amount of Botox
for this treatment, which is why it costs quite a lot of money. On average, the price of wrinkle injections to treat the armpits is $1,000.
Once you have had the treatment solution mixed, they will draw a map on the armpit which shows where the needles need to be used. If you are someone who sweats “a normal amount” then the sites are pre-determined. There is no need for the clinic to perform any tests. If you are coming to a clinic because you have issues with excessive sweat then they may use starch iodine to test your armpits to locate the sites of the sweat.
Once they know where they need to treat, they can get to work. The needles don’t hurt – it feels like pinpricks, or may sting a tiny bit more if they have to go a bit deeper. For armpits, the treatments do go deeper than on the face, so if you’ve had injections for cosmetic reasons then you might notice some difference with this treatment.
It takes about a week for people to see the full effects. Some people who experience large amounts of sweat opt to have the same treatment in other problem areas, such as under the breasts, the scalp, or the palms and the soles of their feet. Needles and feet do not go well together. There are lots of nerve endings in the feet and they are very sensitive so that’s one time where you will likely want to accept some numbing cream.
These treatments don’t mask body odour. They might reduce it if you usually sweat a lot and have to try to get through a working day with a soaked through a shirt. However, any smell that comes from bacteria on the skin
will still be there, so some people do end up using body spray anyway.
Is it Worthwhile?
Whether or not this kind of cosmetic intervention is worthwhile will depend on how self-conscious you are about the amount of sweat that you produce. For someone who finds the day to day situations embarrassing (for example a teacher who dislikes having sweaty armpits while writing on the whiteboard) then this could be a good option. It is also popular with public speakers, and with people who are frequently photographed or who work in entertainment. If you suffer from hyperhidrosis
, then this can give you a new lease oonlife and free you from a frustrating and embarrassing condition.
For those who just struggle to deal with overheating while exercising, it may be that the therapy is too expensive to justify as a regular thing. It’s worth investigating for an upcoming wedding or another major event where you want to look your best, though. And once you have experienced the results you may find that you really do appreciate not needing to worry about having antiperspirant on hand at all times and that you get it again.