You probably didn’t expect someone who focuses on clean beauty to be discussing Botox with you but in today’s post I’m going to chat about why I decided to get Botox for hyperhidrosis. If you don’t know what that is, hyperhidrosis is basically excessive sweating. This isn’t the prettiest of topics but I wanted to share my experience with it because the more I’ve chatted with other women, the more similar stories I’ve heard. With that said, I have not met another woman that is not going through menopause that experiences the same type of hyperhidrosis as me. Much like when I suffered from sever body acne (back, chest and neck), hyperhidrosis can be a crippling experience and dictates your lifestyle.
I didn’t grow up with excessive sweating, it came about maybe 3 or 4 years ago and to give you a clear idea how much I perspire in recent years… I can be in heat or cold weather and my body will be sweating from every area that you can sweat from. My body temperature rises and I feel like I’m on FIRE and I’ll begin to sweat as if I took a shower and never dried off my body. I’ll sweat from my forehead to my upper lip to my neck and from my underarms to my chest, stomach and back and thighs, knees and toes. The amount of sweating is honestly just insane and I’m constantly looking for ways to combat it. Sometimes, during the summer, I’d have to come home and change my clothes 2-3 times a day if I have a super busy day. I’ll place panty-liners under my arms if I’m wearing a shirt with sleeves and this is truly one of the reasons I predominantly wear black clothes.
Recently, I’ve tried to wear more colour but the fear is so real when I’m in situations that I know will make me sweat. There’s no way I can wear a white shirt for more than 30 minutes otherwise the underarms will turn yellow.
Being in crowded areas or going to private events can be super uncomfortable for me because I don’t want anyone to see me sweating or hug me if I’ve been sweating. One of the worst memories I have is being at a meet and greet for Proenza Schouler. I don’t know what I was thinking showing up in a grey sweater… I had to rush to the bathroom and stick a stack of 5 or 6 paper towels under my arms into my bra to pad the sweating and then hope nobody realizes what I have on underneath!
So, I decided it was enough. I took on a naturopathic doctor who chatted with me about it. It turns out this could be a side effect of PSOC or Polycystic ovary syndrome. My hormones are completely out of wack and it’s throwing my body temperatures for a loop. There are 2 methods that I can take to combat it: Botox & no sugar. I started with the Botox.
He referred me to Dr. Moon Choi at SKINLIFE in North Vancouver because of the amount of education and accolades he holds for his practice. I immediately booked an appointment. I read up on some cases of underarm Botox and chatted with a friend who also had it done and she said it was the best decision she’s made for her sweating. Basically, what they do is determine the amount of units (injections) you need for each spot and charge you based on the unit. Their staff recommended that I would need anywhere between 40-80 units total at $10 per unit.
Dr. Moon Choi gave me 25 units per underarm for a total of 50 units and said it would last between 3 – 4 months. When used to treat underarm excessive sweating, Botox has been shown to result in an 82-87% decrease in sweating. Results start to be noticeable approximately 2 to 4 days after treatment with the full effects usually noted within 2 weeks. I began to notice a difference after 1 week with a totally dry underarm! I was in disbelief! I’m now at 3.5 months and it does get a little clammy on the rare occasion but for the most part I’m completely dry. I’m hoping this will last 4 months or longer but I will ask to get 30 units per arm the next time around.
Because sweating is an essential body function for temperature-control, I have felt by body is at a cooler temperature in most situations. Unfortunately, when it’s not, the sweating for the rest of my body is still an issue. I’ve been wearing KNIX thigh saver shorts to aid with the below the waste sweating in the heat and it’s been a miracle worker but I need to combat the real issue by trying 2 months of no refined sugar. Refined sugar feeds into PSOC and makes it worse… that’s a whole other blog post and I’ve been mostly sugar-free for just over 1 month.
Thanks for letting me rant about how sweaty I am!!! Do you suffer from hyperhidrosis or having any questions about underarm Botox? I’m happy to share more details with you and will provide feedback after my 4-month mark.