I Tried Botox For Sweating And Haven’t Used Antiperspirant For Months

I’ve got a bone to pick with antiperspirant. I think we can agree that some type of pit protection is necessary to keep body odor at bay, but traditional antiperspirants with aluminum leave my underarms feeling stifled. The same ingredients that keep me from smelling dank refuse to come off in the shower—no matter how much scrubbing I do. So, I tried to go with a natural deodorant. But I ended up with damp armpits before I could even make it to the office.

So, I started searching around for sweat-stopping alternatives. That’s when I read about Botox for sweating. As a beauty editor, I haven’t completely ruled out the needle as an antiaging solution on my face—wrinkles are inevitable, and I try to embrace every line—but I never thought I’d get Botox in my armpits.

Since 2004, Botox has been a well-accepted treatment for excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis. But it can also be used for less serious cases of sweating—like mine. In fact, celebrities have been known to get a little underarm Botox before award season. Sweat stains are not an option when you’re wearing an expensive couture gown on loan. So, I decided to go under the needle to see if this would be the solution to all my pit troubles.

So how does Botox for sweating work?

The neurotoxin Botox stops nerves from firing by blocking the uptake of acetylcholine, one of the neurotransmitters that tells muscles to contract, explains Heidi Waldorf, M.D., director of laser and cosmetic dermatology at The Mount Sinai Hospital. When injected in the face, it essentially freezes the nearby muscles, which smoothes wrinkles and prevents expression lines that could cause even more wrinkles to form. It’s the same mechanism at work when used to stop sweat, but it acts on glands instead of muscles. Botox intercepts the message telling the glands to secrete sweat, so they don’t.

Just to be clear: Sweating is an essential and totally normal bodily function that keeps humans from overheating. Botox is used as a localized treatment, so stopping the sweat in one area doesn’t affect the other areas of the body (read: your body can still sweat in other places to regulate its internal temperature). Waldorf also explains that the efficacy of this treatment varies. It could work really well for some and totally flop for others. Generally the effects last about six months. And after testing it out, I can honestly say I have totally forgotten where my antiperspirant spray is.

The entire process takes about 30 minutes.

When I arrived for my Botox appointment with dermatologist Cynthia Yalowitz, M.D., I was completely shaved (I knew there would be pictures involved). However, you don’t have to clear the area of hair for the injections to be effective. Then, I had two options: Some numbing cream or none. I wanted to be numb because…needles. And while I was getting pain protection, Yalowitz mixed the Botox, which comes in powder form and is diluted with saline to become a liquid. This particular treatment requires a full bottle of Botox, which is why it comes with a hefty $1000 price tag.

Needle being injected into armpit
Courtesy of Jessica Cruel

Yalowitz then drew a map around my armpit to mark the injection points. “There’s a starch iodine test you can do to see where the sweat glands are, and then you can target,” she says. “Most doctors don’t do that test prior to the injection because it’s pretty routine where people sweat from, especially if you don’t have excessive sweating.”

Finally, she began to inject the Botox. It didn’t hurt. Honestly it felt more like pin pricks with the occasional stinging in deeper spots. For the armpit area, Botox is injected into the muscle deeper than when you would on the face. “There are different techniques in terms of depth of injection depending on which part of the body we’re injecting,” explains Yalowitz. “Around the crow’s feet we go a little more superficial. [But around the armpit], it diffuses a little bit.” Immediately after the treatment, there is potential for bruising or pain. But I had neither.

Yes, my armpits are far less sweaty, and I no longer use deodorant. BUT I’ve got other problems.

Here’s a photo of me after 20 minutes of cardio both before and after Botox.

Yalowitz mentioned that it takes about a week to fully kick in. And during the two months I’ve had Botox, I have rarely reached for the deodorant. Even when I go to the gym, I don’t worry about applying a product. But while my underarms are relatively dry, that doesn’t stop me from sweating in other places like down my back and under my boobs.

You can definitely get Botox in other places besides your underarms. “One of the other places that I find is common is the scalp because people who sweat say their hair gets drenched,” says Waldorf. The palms and soles are also popular spots to get Botox injections for sweat, but Waldorf warns that the feet can be particularly painful.

There’s also the issue of smell. “If you’re using [Botox], you still may want a deodorant because the smell is different than the sweat,” says Waldorf. “The smell is often bacterial or chemical. It may reduce it because you’re having less sweat coming out, but it’s not going to change.” I experienced this particular pitfall myself. On the very few days I reached for my antiperspirant, it was because I wanted to mask a subtle case of body odor.

So, would I sign up for another injection of Botox? Not likely. While I am totally satisfied with the results, I can just as easily get sweat-free, scent-free underarms for $5 at my local drugstore versus this $1000 treatment. However, if you you have life-disrupting hyperhidrosis, Botox can be a total game-changer.

Posted originally on: https://www.self.com/story/botox-for-sweating

Men’s Health Features the Motus AX

Everything You Should Know About Laser Hair Removal
The popular medical procedure is more advanced than ever.

BY MARIO ABAD
JAN 25, 2019

Tending to your unwanted body hair is a constant chore. Guys who are constantly having to trim, shave, or wax the whole thing off, are drifting toward laser hair removal. It’s seen as a longer-lasting and more effective way to get rid of body hair for good. Why deal with the downsides of shaving (like razor bumps and irritation) when you can get the convenience of smooth skin round-the-clock?

Perhaps you’ve contemplated it before but were turned off by stories claiming how costly and painful the treatment was. However, the technology has advanced so much that many people who have completed at least one hair removal session report experiencing little to no pain. While everyone’s pain threshold is different, and different body parts are more sensitive than others, it’s still considerably less painful than waxing.

Curious about laser hair removal? There are a few guidelines and tips you should know about before booking an appointment. Which is why we caught up with Dr. Akhavan, celebrity dermatologist and founder of The Dermatology and Laser Group in New York City (whose practice offers quick, painless laser hair removal treatments for all skin types). Read on to get the lowdown from Dr. Akhavan on the most important things guys should know about the procedure, as well as how new technology is making it possible to go pain-free.

How Exactly Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Depending on which technology being used, there are some small differences, but the basics of it is all the same. “The laser light is attracted to the pigment of the hair follicles,” explains Akhavan. “The darker the hair follicle, and the more difference there is between the hair follicle and the normal skin, more and more energy can be focused on the base of that root of the hair follicle and burn it so it doesn’t grow back.”

It’s a procedure that’s becoming more and more popular for men. Dr. Akhavan notes that while the most popular places are chest and back, he still gets requests all the time for laser hair removal on every body part.

How Much Pain Do I Really Feel?

There are three different laser wavelengths used for hair removal, with Alexandrites traditionally being the most effective, but also the one most people experience pain. However, the latest technology in laser hair removal makes the entire session completely painless ,so you can get the most effective treatment without the discomfort and pain the laser would normally inflict. Dr. Akhavan’s office uses this technology, called the Motus AX, which he says men in particularly have really benefited from.

“For men, who traditionally have coarser hair, and a little bit of a lower pain tolerance, the main issue and impediment to getting laser hair removal has been pain,” he says. “But with the Motus, you do not feel anything happening. Instead of delivering the energy in these large chunks like in a traditional laser, it breaks the energy down into smaller chunks and delivers them very rapidly, so you don’t feel pain.” In fact, it’s not only pain-free, but also FDA-approved to work on all skin types, whereas previously it only really worked on people with lighter skin.

How Long Is The Entire Procedure?

On average, you’ll have to get six sessions performed about six weeks apart. “The reason for this is that at any given time, only one out of six hairs goes all the way down to the root or bulb,” he explains. “In the other five hairs, you’re frying the hair follicle but it’s not killing the bulb, so it’s going to produce more hair. But in about six weeks, the next set of hairs will cycle into the growth phase, so the laser can destroy it completely, and so on.” And so after about 36 weeks, a successful hair removal happens when about 90-95% of the hair is being permanently gone.

What Should I Do To Prepare Beforehand? And What Happens After?

Warning: Dr. Akhavan says you can’t wax the area, because they need to have the hair follicle there for the laser to be attracted to it. “You want to shave either day of or day before so there’s no hair on the surface of the skin,” he says. “That way all the energy of the laser can be transmitted under the skin and as close to the root as possible.” With the Motus, most people don’t feel any redness or irritation after a session. However, Dr. Akhavan recommends you try to avoid saunas, very hot showers, and any activity that heats you up (like exercise) for at least a day just in case.

This technology the only major development in the last 10 years that has changed (and improved) the entire process of laser hair removal significantly. So if you’ve been weary of trying it out due to the thought of pain, perhaps this new technology is just the encouragement you need to finally get started.

See original article here: https://www.menshealth.com/technology-gear/a26038118/laser-hair-removal-men/

Cre8 Beauty Bootcamp Event

November 11th, 2018
Sunday 1pm to 5pm

Contemporary Health Center is proud to join Cre8 Salon for their Beauty BootCamp Event. We hope you will attend to meet our staff at our newest Cape Coral location – See what the latest anti aging health, wellness and aesthetic treatments can do for you. Along with demonstrations, discussions, and free treatment giveaways, a portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit their local charity.

AESTHETIC LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS:

  • 1pm – Dysport Injectable (Dr. Bloy)
  • 1pm – Dermal Filler Lip (Fawn Poling, ARNP)
  • 1pm – Motus Painless Laser Hair Removal (Maria Viera)
  • 2pm – Dermal Filler Cheeks (Fawn Poling, ARNP)
  • 2pm – Vampire Facial (Danielle Zielinski)
  • 3pm – SmartSkin CO2 (Danielle Zielinski)
  • 3pm – Hormone Pellet Insertion (Fawn Poling, ARNP)
  • 4pm – Vampire FaceLift (Dr. Bloy)

INFORMATION SESSIONS:

2pm – 4pm with Dr. Bloy

Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Pellet Therapy
Testosterone Pellet Therapy
O Shot – Natural PRP Women’s Intimacy Enhancement and Stress Urinary Incontinence Therapy
P Shot/Priapus Shot – Natural PRP Men’s Erectile Enhancement and ED Therapy

FREE TREATMENT GIVEAWAY DRAWINGS

Event attendees will be entered into drawings for free giveaways!
Drawing will be held at 4pm. Must be in present to win!

Attend for chance to win:

• 1 Vampire FaceLift
• 1 Vampire Facial
• 1 Dermal Facial Filler Syringe
• 30 Units of Anti-Wrinkle Injectable-Dysport
• 1 Area 1 Year Unlimited Package Motus AX Painless Laser Hair Removal

EXCLUSIVE EVENT SAVINGS:

Special pricing only available for purchases made at the event.
Buy as many or much as you want at this low cost and use all year!
Treatment may be received at any time and does not expire!

It’s all about MOTUS AX this Month!

ELLE’s Senior Beauty Editor experienced the new, high-speed Alexandrite laser the Motus AX – and let’s just say, it completely changed everything she thought she knew about laser hair removal.

Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, Dermatologist and founder of PFrankMD in New York took over Cartessa’s social channels to share his thoughts about the Motus AX and LIVE patient treatments.  Below are highlights but head over to instagram – under stories you can access the full takeover.