13 August 2008

Botox has long been known as the celebrities' cure-all for those worrying lines and wrinkles on their faces. Now, growing numbers of people are having the injections in their hands, feet or armpits to stop them sweating.Demand for so-called Sweatox has tripled in the past three months, according to the Harley Medical Group. It estimates 50,000 people a year are having the 500-a-time jabs to dry up embarrassing sweat patches once and for all. The injections work by temporarily paralysing muscles with a mild dose of poison. In the face, this creates an elasticity which eliminates wrinkles. But, if injected into sweat glands, it freezes them and stops the body overreacting to heat. Hyperhydrosis, or excessive sweating, can be a cause of psychological distress, said specialist Dr Nicky Naylor. 'Sufferers can feel uncomfortable in social situations and start avoiding them. '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. 'Botox is one of the most effective and minimally invasive treatments .'