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16.02.2022

Smells like Botox

You know that feeling, when you’re so sweaty that you’re hoping the person next to you doesn’t smell your BO? Well, the good news is that you no longer have to worry as Botox (or Dysport) can spare you the shame!

Sweating is a perfectly normal process of the body, which helps to maintain its ideal temperature by ridding it of toxins. Deodorant products are the most common and ‘traditional’ go-to solution - particularly during periods of high temperatures or in cases of intense exercise and stress. However, when you end up sweating just a tad too much with either moderate exercise or under normal temperature, then that could be a pretty (smelly) and serious problem. In medical terms, it is called hyperhidrosis and it can be either an idiopathic condition or a secondary condition resulting from hyperthyroidism, metabolic diseases and menopause or from a reaction to medication. This unwanted condition takes place in the armpits, palms, soles and the forehead, that could lead to possible health consequences to the skin - which can become sensitive to infection by bacteria and fungi.

Let’s take a closer look at the armpits. Smelly armpits can me such a faux pas as they leave unwanted stains and stench on your clothes that can definitely effect your social and professional life. In this case, reaching out for the typical cream or spray deodorant product won’t help you much, however would you have guess that the wrinkle-freezing miracle Botox would come to your rescue? In fancier lingo, intradermal injection of botulinum toxin A is the most effective method of dealing with excessive sweating. In specific, this method blocks the acetylcholine – a substance that’s needed for the secretion of sweat via neurotransmission thus blocking the stimulus from reaching the sweat glands and giving them the command to profuse sweating. In simple words, it helps to stop excessive (but not normal) sweat production.

As a treatment, Botox injectables are applied across the surface of the affected area with (thankfully) the use of local anesthesia. After approximately 30mins of brief injections you’ll be set to go and smell-free without any obvious telltale signs. In some cases a patient may develop a light hematoma where the injection have been applied, and in very rare cases you make experience a weakness of the limbs (that will be restored within two weeks).

You can begin to enjoy the results from the seventh day (after treatment), which lasts between six to twelve months – after which you should visit your doctor to reapply the injections.

If you’re one of those unlucky few that experience symptoms of excessive sweating (especially over the summer), you should seek to undergo this treatment once a year. Moreover, the amazing, added bonus of this therapy is that it also rids your armpits of unwanted body odor.

Body injectables can be applied to everyone with the exception of pregnant and lactating women, patients with neurological disease or myasthenia gravis, or those who have hypersensitivity to the neurotoxin.

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