A typical botox treatment is known for removing/preventing frown lines, but did you know that some women are now requesting this treatment in their scalp to help prolong their blowouts? Botox can help block perspiration, and in the case of enhancing a blowout, I can see why this could be helpful. Now you can attend SoulCycle without worry about the sweat. According to New York Dermatologist, Patricia Wexler, “the improved hair quality is a benefit of Botox’s effect on the sweat glands. It works exactly like injections for hyperhidrosis, it inhibits the eccrine glands specifically.”
Reduced perspiration on the scalp, means less frizz and less frequent hair washing. And “though the cost of the procedure is quite hefty, many patients have said it was well worth it,” according to Dr. Wexler.
Botox for sweat, especially sweating of the scalp, is considered an ‘off-label’ use. The FDA has only officially approved Botox as a solution for frown lines and crow’s feet, but has been used as a solution for sweating in the armpits, palms, and feet for years. “When we first started using Botox, patients who were getting it on the forehead said it was helping with sweating too, and while it sounds crazy to inject something into your head, dermatologists have been performing Botox scalp injections to help with migraines for years, says Soheil Simzar, M.D., a dermatologist based in Los Angeles.
The actual procedure works by making superficial injections throughout the scalp with an extremely tiny needle. The amount of injections and placement of them depends on the patient and how badly they sweat. A full treatment may require anywhere from 100 to 150 injections per session. According to Dr. Simzar, “since the scalp doesn’t have many nerve endings, it doesn’t hurt as much as it would to get Botox on, say, your face or armpits. In fact, it doesn’t even require numbing the area first.”
The treatment can temporarily deactivate the sweat glads from 6 to 12 months, making it the longest lasting Botox treatment yet! So next time you sweat out that blow out, you may consider this cosmetic option.
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