Men's Botox treatments on the rise, but they're not about wrinkles
Monday 10 May 2010
Men are increasingly asking for anti-sweat Botox procedures, according to one of the UK's most prominent cosmetic surgery providers.
Just over the last week, the Harley Medical Group said it had seen an increase of 26 percent in so-called Sweatox interventions, where Botox is injected into the armpits or palms of the hands in order to freeze sweat glands and stop perspiration.
Liz Dale, director of The Harley Medical Group, said: "Many are thinking ahead to the warmer summer months and want to avoid embarrassing sweat patches as they face rising temperatures on commuter-packed public transport," and she added that the treatment was both for "those suffering from the medical condition, hyperhidrosis, as well as those just wanting to combat visible wet patches and clammy palms."
A Sweatox treatment costs from £550 (around €650) and lasts six to twelve months. While it reduces sweating for the majority of patients (70 to 80 percent), it can be painful and cause minor paralysis on the hands in rare cases.
Overall, Botox is currently the second most-requested, non-surgical procedure at the clinic (after laser hair removal). As for surgery, breast enlargement tops the list. For women, that is.
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