Daily Mail - 'Now Botox jabs can be used to put an end to perspiration'
13 August 2008They are the occasions likely to bring anyone out in a sweat - just at the time when looking cool is essential. But for those who find first dates, public speaking and work presentations a cause of perspiration rather than inspiration a most unlikely saviour has arrived. Botox, the toxin jab loved by those with no love for their wrinkles, apparently works its wonders on sweat glands. Up to 50,000 patients a year are paying £500 or more for the latest kind of Botox injection... Sweatox. It is reckoned that a third of all Botox jabs today are in the hands, feet or armpits specifically to prevent perspiration. The jab works by temporarily paralysing muscles with a mild dose of toxin. In the face this eliminates wrinkles. But if injected into hands, feet or armpits, it freezes glands to stop them reacting to the heat. The treatment lasts for about seven months. The Harley Medical Group cosmetic surgery firm says demand for Sweatox has tripled in the past three months. Sweating is the body's natural way of cooling down in extreme heat or humid conditions, but some people sweat more than others. Around one in 100 adults suffers from hyperhydrosis - excessive sweating - which is caused by an over-reaction to heat by the body's sweat glands. This can be embarrassing on packed trains and public transport in the summer, but also for businessmen and women presenting to boardrooms or conferences. Botox experts from the Harley group also admit the treatment is sought after by those who are worried about ruining an important occasion by dripping with sweat. This includes the naturally nervous who may have an important public speaking event or, perhaps, are appearing under hot television lights, to those on a first date. Dr Nicky Naylor said: 'Normal sweating regulates body temperature, but excessive sweating can be chronically embarrassing. 'Sufferers can feel uncomfortable in social situations and start avoiding them. 'Botox is one of the most effective, long-lasting and minimally invasive treatments that puts a stop to excessive sweating.' Botox treatments cost around £550 upwards for each 'area' - two hands, for instance, count as one area not two. Dr Naylor added: 'Many of my patients feel that not having to worry about getting uncomfortably sweaty, whilst travelling, at work and at parties, is a big boost to their confidence in both business and social situations, especially during summer.'