Our queen of oversharing, Chrissy Teigen, revealed one of the industry’s best secrets in her Instragram stories this month, detailing that Botox keeps her perspiration-free. “Botoxed my armpits. Truly best move I have ever made…I can wear silk again without soaking,” the model shared on her video of the treatment.
Chrissy isn’t alone, with many other celebrities adding a little pit-stop to their wellness routines. For a hot and humid region like the UAE, both environmental factors as well as hormones and stress can contribute to sweating, with clinical cases known as hyperhidrosis. “Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating,” explains dermatologist, Dr. Lana Kashlan from CosmeSurge’s Dubai Marina clinic. “It can be limited to certain parts of the body such as the hands or the feet, or it can be more generalised. Most commonly it is due to an overactivity of the nerves that control the sweat glands.”
Estimated to be suffered by two to three percent of the population, the condition can lead to embarrassing moments, from a stained designer dress, to a clammy handshake. While clinical strength deodorants can help reduce symptoms, more women like Chrissy are turning to Botox to slow the flow.
“Botox is a medicine that blocks the transmission of the signal that nerves send to muscles, causing contraction,” says Dr. Lana. “The release of sweat from the sweat glands onto the surface of the skin is controlled by small muscles. Botox acts on the nerve and prevents the contraction that causes sweating.” She recommends Botox for patients who finds that their sweating disrupts their daily activities, and for those who are not responding to topical applications such as aluminum chloride treatments and oral medicines like oxybutynin.
Expect the treatment to minimise sweating by at least 80%, with a majority of patients reporting complete freedom from anti-perspirants. Each round of Botox lasts roughly six months, before you should return for a top-up. A quick and safe treatment without any negative side effects, blocking the arm pit sweat glands doesn’t increase sweating in other areas.
With just two percent of the body’s two to four million sweat glands found in the armpits, Dr Lana says that other body parts, such as hands and feet can also be treated as per the patient’s needs. “I use Botox to treat sweating of the palms, soles, and foreheads,” she explains. “One treatment I offer is called Blow-Tox which uses Botox to control scalp sweating and make your blow out last longer.”
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