5 Surprising Uses for Botox
Much more than simply a wrinkle freezer, these days, the injectable is being used for a bunch of shocking things. (Breast lift, anyone?)
Excessive sweating (FDA approved)You don't hear about it much, but for nearly seven years now, Botox has been approved for "severe underarm sweating." (The technical term is axillary hyperhidrosis.) It has, in fact, been proven to alleviate symptoms of all sorts of sweating, from underarms to hands and feet by blocking the release of the chemical responsible for stimulating the sweat glands.
The product is simply injected -- using an ultra-fine needle -- just under the skin where the sweat glands rest. (Note: Botox injections don't cure the condition, they just treat it for up to seven months.)
Details: While some health insurers cover the cost of these medical treatments, when you're paying out of pocket you can expect underarms to cost up to $1,000 and palms to be about $2,000.
Scoop: Many patients have said that while it works like a charm, getting injections into the palms is extremely painful. As a result, many physicians offer nerve blocks, ice, pressure and topical anesthetics to help alleviate most of the discomfort.
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