Botox, mainly used to smooth forehead wrinkles, frown lines, crow's feet and bunny lines,
is becoming increasingly popular as an off-label treatment for ailments
like sweating, spasms and migraines. We asked the professionals about
the most unexpected places patients are getting injected.
Dr Stafford Broumand,
a board-certified plastic surgeon in NYC, says injecting Botox into the
armpit is "a wonder treatment for eliminating baseline sweating in the
area", whether it's for hyperhidrosis or excessive perspiring during
exercise. "You'll sweat in other places, but normally not in your
armpits [after treatment]," says Dr. Broumand, "It's a game changer."
The results tend to last between three and five months.
2) Hands and feet
just relegated to the armpits, hyperhidrosis can also manifest in the
hands and feet. Injecting the palms, fingertips and soles works to block
the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate sweat glands. Be
prepared, however, for a high price tag: Experts say between 50 to 100
units are needed for total elimination.
"The use of Botox injections in the stomach for weight loss is nothing new," says Dr Matthew Schulman. But a recent study,
showing that the toxin may help obese people lose weight by blocking a
nerve that controls feelings of hunger, has sparked interest. The
research group, however, was small. Though two thirds of participants
lost up to 17 per cent of their bodyweight within the first year,
one third did not. "I think that people will do anything to lose weight
and weight loss is a multi-billion-dollar industry, so unfortunately
there will be many physicians eager to start doing this. Botox
injections are not 100 per cent safe in the stomach, where paralysis of
the muscles and vagus nerve can lead to bloating, vomiting, digestive
problems and breathing issues," says Dr Schulman. Like Botox injections
in the facial area, the results are temporary and will require upkeep
approximately every six months, but contrary to standard Botox
procedures, stomach injections require sedation and the insertion of an
endoscope in the mouth, down the oesophagus and into the stomach.
who performs this procedure, says it is necessary "for those who
perspire in the groin, perineal area and buttocks. It works wonders to
rid women of sweating in the pant-crease line."
Want to stop excessive moisture on the head and, as a bonus, extend the length of your blowout? Enter scalp Botox. According to Dr Dendy Engelman,
typical patients require between 150 to 200 injections to cover the
entire area, but Dr Broumand finds that "most patients are not asking
for the whole scalp".
getting a neck lift for the skin banding that occurs as we age,
consider trying Botox first. Injecting the platysmal muscle, that runs
down the length of the neck, can tighten and smooth the wrinkles and
lines, but it is a pricey treatment that requires a very skilled