6 Things That Might Happen If You Get Botox to Stop Sweating

Is this the answer to our prayers?

As frequent sweaters, we thought we had tried just about everything to keep our perspiring at bay (including basically every special deodorant ever). But then we heard that some people are turning to an unlikely solution: Botox. Yep, the stuff that people inject into their faces to look years younger is also proven to reduce underarm sweat. Here’s what to expect (the good and the bad) if you try it.

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You Might Not Notice Results Right Away
After a Botox injection, you may feel drier immediately, but not everyone does. The treatment usually takes one to two weeks to fully take effect. From there, it will typically last between four and 12 months, after which you’ll need to go back to the doctor for more injections.

You’ll Have to Go Back to Keep Seeing Results
It’s not one and done. Botox doesn’t destroy sweat glands, it blocks nerves from reaching sweat glands, causing you to stop sweating. That means it’s not permanent, and if you want to experience continued effects, you have to maintain it.

It Might Cost a Pretty Penny
Underarm Botox doesn’t come cheap: Each arm costs roughly $500 per session. The good news is, if you have diagnosable hyperhidrosis (a medical condition that causes excessive sweating), your insurance might cover the treatment.

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It Will Probably Hurt Less Than You Think
The pain associated with armpit Botox isn’t bad at all—it’s pretty comparable to plucking eyebrows. A topical numbing cream will be applied to the area before the treatment begins, and both arms are usually done in about ten minutes. You might notice minor bruising for a few days; most people experience no side effects.

It Isn't Limited to Under Your Arms 
Botox can also be used to treat excessive sweating on your palms and feet, but there are a few caveats. First, Botox in your feet probably won't last as long as, so you'll have to go back more often. Second, Botox in your hands has a few more side effects, including more pain during the treatment, and a higher chance of bruising and minor (temporary) loss of muscle grip. 

Your Armpits Won’t Look “Younger”
Yes, Botox is typically used to make your face look less wrinkly, but it doesn’t have the same effect on your armpits. Everything is happening under the skin and that’s fine with us—youthful armpits are overrated anyway.

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Jenny Jin is PureWow’s Beauty Director and is currently based in Los Angeles. Since beginning her journalism career at Real Simple magazine, she has become a human encyclopedia of...