10 Uses for Botox That Aren't Wrinkle-Related

Excessive Sweating
A patient gets a Botox injection in the underarm to reduce excessive sweating. BSIP/UIG via Getty Images

If you watched Donald Trump taunt rival Marco Rubio about his sweating during the race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination — "I've never seen a human being sweat like that" — you saw evidence of how much importance our society places upon staying cool and collected [source: Lamagna].

That means that hyperhidrosis — excessive perspiration — is a particularly embarrassing stigma for some people. They get it so intensely that the sweat will soak through their clothing in minutes, making the condition difficult to hide, even with frequent wardrobe changes and use of absorbent pads. But fortunately, Botox can help alleviate their distress.

For years, doctors have been injecting it into hyperhidrosis patients' underarms, as well as into the palms of their hands and the soles of their feet. The toxin paralyzes the sweat glands that are responsible for all that wetness. Patients get the injections once or twice a year, and it's a relatively low-stress procedure than can be performed right in the doctor's office, without anesthesia [source: ScienceDaily].

The treatment has become so popular that one Miami plastic surgeon told Marketwatch in 2015 that patients frequently asked him for it before important events, such as weddings or a court appearances.

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