Almost everyone is now aware of the use of BTX to reduce wrinkles & fine lines such as frown lines between the brows, forehead lines and crow’s feet around the eyes. Just in case you didn’t know, BTX is a treatment that involves injecting botulinum toxin into the skin to block signals from your nerves to your muscles, hence reducing the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles.
This injectable has both medical and cosmetic uses. The majority of all Botox treatment is utilised for cosmetic purposes for these common areas but did you know that it can be injected in certain areas of the body too?
Botox can be used to treat underarm sweating. Studies have shown that Botox can reduce armpit sweating by more than 50% for at least 6 months. Whether its hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating that’s not related to heat or exercise) or excessive sweating during exercise, you will definitely reduce or stop sweating in your armpits. It works by blocking a chemical in the body that activates sweat glands. Those who received underarm Botox injections tend to see results 2-4 days after treatment. The full effects of it are usually noticeable within 2 weeks.
However, this is not a permanent solution for excessive underarm sweating. One treatment typically lasts around 4-12 months so you will require ongoing treatment for maintenance.
Besides the armpits, hyperhidrosis can also occur in the hands and feet. Oftentimes, the palms or the fingertips or the soles of the feet will be injected to block the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate sweat glands. For such areas, usually 50-100 units are needed for total elimination. The treatment itself is relatively painless and as usual there is no downtime, meaning you can return to your regular activities immediately.
The procedure itself is relatively painless and there is no downtime following the treatment, meaning you can return to your regular activities immediately. There are very few potential side effects, which include bruising and muscle weakness in the hands.
Neck & Shoulder
BTX can actually help tighten the muscles around your neck and shoulders. Women actually prefer this as they want to reduce their masculine features to achieve an overall look of femininity. With this injectable, it can shrink the trapezius muscle (large superficial back muscle that resembles a trapezoid), causing it to relax. Hence, the neck will become longer and the shoulders will look straighter but leaving the shoulder movement unaffected.
Once the muscles are relaxed in this area, it reshapes the neck and shoulder lines, giving it a narrower and more defined appearance with feminine-looking shoulders. This treatment is also suitable for those who wish to alleviate their shoulder and neck pain, tension, headaches and even poor posture!
Calf areas are commonly seen to use Botox injectables if they are:
- Bulky or Chubby
- Asymmetrical or Uneven
Typically calf slimming involves surgery or liposuction but Botox injectables are often used for a non-surgical and non-invasive method. By using a number of syringes, it is injected into the gastrocnemius muscles (muscle at the back of your legs). The muscles are then weakened, hence the volume decreases as they stop contracting with the same strength. There is no restriction of the calf’s muscle activity so there is no loss of the function of the muscle at all!
The next time you’re in for a visit to getting BTX for your face, take advantage of the opportunity and speak to us about whether treatments of any of these other more unusual locations with BTX could further enhance your results.