Are you one of those people who has to constantly (and stealthily) stuff tissue under her arms to soak up sweat patches, or who needs to discreetly rub his palms on his pants before shaking someone’s hand?
It’s called hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating, and it’s a common problem among both men and women. Sometimes, it manifests on the face and the head, but mostly it’s seen on the palms, the soles of the feet and the armpits.
This condition can be very distressing, especially in the Philippines where humidity is an inescapable part of life and temperatures climb up to the high 30s—even flirting with 40 degrees—in the height of summer. Walking from the parking lot to your office building is already enough to give you those dreaded sweat rings underneath your arms.
Sometimes it’s not enough to slather on antiperspirant or refrain from eating spicy food, or wearing loose, well-ventilated shirts made from cotton or linen. The sweat is just too persistent.
The good thing is, this common condition is treatable with Botox. Yes, that popular wrinkle-diminishing, age-defying cosmetic treatment also doubles as a sweat-stopper. Botox, when injected into the underarms, prevents profuse sweating by blocking the nerves and inhibiting the glands that secrete sweat. This leaves you with dry underarms the whole day, every day. Botox works in the same way on the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet.
Effects are seen within five to seven days, and last up to six months. But, you might need a follow-up injection sooner if you get injected during the summer months or if you regularly go to the gym. Working out may “use up” the effect of Botox much faster because your sympathetic nervous system is very active.
Celebrities have been known to get underarm Botox before an important red-carpet event, and even brides get injected right before their big day. Fun fact: Dr. Vicki Belo had the treatment done right before her wedding and swears by it. After all, sweat stains are definitely not an option when you’re wearing your dream, custom-made gown. They don’t even have to be an option on an everyday basis.
Don’t let excessive sweating get you down. Get Botox for hyperhidrosis now, and enjoy stress- and stain-free socializing this summer and beyond.