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Everything you need to know about anti-sweat injections
Excessive sweating isn't just inconvenient, it can be pretty embarrassing - sweaty palms when you're nervous, rocking pit stains on the regular or feeling your shoes fill with smelly sweat doesn't exactly make you feel sexy.
Trying to be your best, most confident and vibrant self is tricky when you're too busy worrying if everyone's noticed you're dripping in sweat.
The good news is, there might be an unlikely solution - botox.
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How do anti-sweat injections work?
Dr Josh gives us the lowdown on how the injections actually work. "Using botulinum toxin injections, commonly known as botox, communication between nerves and sweat glands are interrupted. This results in less to no sweating in the treated area."
Who is the ideal candidate for anti-sweat injections?
If your excessive-perspiration is leading to a bit of social anxiety, Dr Josh thinks this treatment could be ideal for you.
"Those who are concerned about their underarms, feet, palm sweating. Most of our patients develop a preoccupation in social situations in regards to noticeable sweating. This holds them back from fully participating socially. Anti-sweat injections provide a complete cure for these worries."
Is it painful?
For those interested in this treatment but are a little squeamish when it comes to pain, fear not. Dr Josh says that "numbing cream is applied to the area prior to treatment. Most patients feel 2/10 pain at worst."
How long do the injections last?
If you're happy with the results, Dr Josh says you can expect to get them redone every six months.
Do the injections work immediately?
The results do kick in quickly, but they're not instant. Dr Josh advises us that "Injections take 3-5 days to start working."
How long does the procedure take?
This treatment is a quick one, Dr Josh says that it only takes ten minutes.
How many sessions does it take to see results?
Dr Josh informs that you'll only need one session for it to work.
Is there any downtime?
Good news for busy people, this treatment doesn't require any downtime.
How much does the procedure cost?
A little bit exxy at $1000, but if you've been struggling with excessive sweat for a long time, it may be worth the investment.
I’ve heard that if you get anti-sweat injections in your armpits it doesn’t stop sweating, it just moves it to a different location – is that true?
But don't we need to sweat sometimes? Absolutely.
"The function of sweating is to cool the body. If unable to sweat under the arms, theoretically your core body temperature may be slightly elevated as compared to baseline. This may create a more intense bodily stimulus to sweat, hence why people may complain of increased sweating in other areas" Dr Josh informs us.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t get anti-sweat injections?
Dr Josh says there are a few kinds of people who should steer clear of anti-sweat injections:
- Those with rare neuromuscular disorders.
- Those who've had a previous allergic reaction to botox/dysport/xeomin.
- Anyone with an active infection in the treatment area.
- Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Would you ever try anti-sweat injections?
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