Would You Botox Your Armpits?

needle So apparently if you don’t like sweating under your arms, doctors are offering armpit botox!

Apparently you “only” need 50 units of botox into each armpit, it will only take about 30 minutes, and only set you back about $1200! AND it lasts for up to 12 months!

It works by blocking the communication between the sweat gland and “the nerve” – what nerve? This news article doesn’t say.

Side effects? The article doesn’t say.

And do a Google search on Botox side effects: it’s hard to find much.

Emedtv.com says:

  • Droopy eyelids — in up to 3 percent of people
  • Nausea — up to 3 percent
  • Muscle weakness — up to 2 percent
  • Facial pain — up to 2 percent
  • Indigestion or heartburn — up to 1 percent
  • Tooth problems — up to 1 percent
  • High blood pressure (hypertension) — up to 1 percent.

Other common side effects (occurring in 2 to 10 percent of people) included:

  • Cough
  • Flu-like symptoms, such as a fever and chills
  • Back pain
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Dizziness
  • Soreness at the injection site
  • Weakness
  • Dry mouth
  • Drowsiness
  • Bleeding at the injection site
  • Infection
  • Sore throat
  • Anxiety.
  • Chest pain or difficulty swallowing
  • Speech problems
  • Dry eyes (if Botox is used to treat muscle spasms near the eyes) or eye pain
  • Double vision
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
  • Unexplained rash
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Unexplained swelling
  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing.”

The Melbourne Age has a report from Sept 1 2008 which says that 28 people have died from using botox.

28 people have Died from using botox.

From a treatment that is widely hugely lauded as safe, with only local side effects.

From smoothing their wrinkles with poison that is 400 times more potent than cyanide. (I can only imagine what a field day Agatha Christie would have had with this :))

Oh that’s wrong: the US FDA says no one who died was using the botox for wrinkles.

Only for other things, they don’t say what.

So they didn’t ban it, just warned people about it. First I’ve heard but then I’ll never be in the market.

Anyway –here’s The Age article.

But…. what happens to the sweat that you don’t pass out of your shut-down Botoxed armpits, is what I’d like to know.

Where does the sweat go?

Do your shoes slip off because you sweat more from your feet?

Your makeup slip because you sweat more from your face?

Your knickers slide because of the extra sweat running down your torso?

You won’t just stop sweating because you paralyse your armpits, your body WILL regulate its temperature.


Surely a dress shield is a better alternative than injecting your body with poison?

Instead of injecting your armpits with botox you could always use the dress shields that worked for our grandmas.

They’re highly-absorbent cotton sewn into the armpit of a garment, that intercepts the sweat before it hits the outer layer.

Actually that sounds like a great market for a manufacturer, disposable dress shields made from the high-absorbency fibres available today…. hmmmmm.

I can’t help thinking that the old adage of needing to suffer to be beautiful is being taken way past extreme with these treatments. Of course as Lexie Kite and Lindsay Kite are fond of reminding us, if beauty hurts we’re doing it wrong.

I’d like to add if beauty requires that we inject our bodies with the most potent toxin yet discovered – we’re definitely doing it wrong.

But hey, at least now we don’t have to have those nasty perspiration marks on our clothing!

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