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Yes, it’s true, I don’t even have wrinkles and I’ve had Botox twice. But before you get all hot and bothered, consider that I wasn’t trying to look better through the miracle of science—I was actually trying to smell better.
Since my teenage years, I’ve had hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. It’s embarrassing and not easy to treat. After trying prescription deodorants with no success, I went to my doctor to see if a few shots of Botox might dry up my underarms. We discussed the problem. I forked over $600. And, 40 injections later, I left his office with half a year of (nearly) sweat-free bliss ahead of me.
I could play sports and exercise without dripping with moisture, and that felt incredibly liberating. I worried less when the temperature soared at a hot party. The treatment didn’t stop my sweating entirely, but it cut it down to about 20 percent of the usual volume, all but eliminating the dark stains under my sleeves. But every good thing must end, and after five and a half months, the sweating gradually seeped back into my life. Within a month, it was back to normal.
It took me years to go back for more, but after all the hot weather we’ve had this summer, I decided it was time for a second dose. I repeated the round of injections in late July. Was it worth it? Definitely. The shots hurt, but the pain passed quickly. Instead of perspiring on the two-block walk from the subway to the office, I now arrive calm, cool—and dry. I’m having a good summer!
Is Botox right for you? That’s between you and your doctor.
Go with a pro. This goes without saying, but you must find a trained medical doctor to administer the injections.
It’s not permanent. On average, Botox lasts about four to six months. It you want a longer-lasting effect, prepare yourself (and your wallet) for injections at least twice a year, if not more.
It’s expensive. Botox starts at around $600, but can cost as much as $2,000 depending on the doctor and how many units you get. Some insurers pay for a portion of the treatment, since hyperhidrosis is a medical condition. Mine knocked almost half of the cost off for my first Botox treatment.
It hurts, but not that badly. Getting jabbed with a needle is painful in the usual pinching, stinging way. Doctors will usually do about 15 to 20 injections per underarm, and the area can remain sore for an hour after the treatment.
The sweating doesn’t shift to other body parts. This is the first concern I hear from non-Botox users, but I have not experienced more sweating in other areas of the body after getting the injections. The only effect is in the areas where you’re injected.
Would you get Botox for sweating?
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