You might have heard that Botox injections can be helpful for so much more than wrinkles. The injectable is also approved by the FDA for treating excessive sweating in the underarms, for helping calm an overactive bladder, and for reducing the occurrence of migraine headaches. Now a new use for Botox has people visiting their doctors in droves.
Botox injections are being used by some to extend the life of a person’s blow-out, or to keep straightened, styled hair looking good, even after a vigorous workout. The thinking is that a person’s paid a considerable amount of money for a blowout, so she doesn’t want to have it all go "pouf!" after a workout. Skipping a workout also isn’t an option, and other fixes, such as dry shampoo, don’t work as well as they claim.
When Botox is given to preserve a blowout, it’s injected right into the scalp. The goal of the treatment is to prevent or greatly minimize scalp sweating. Just as Botox works to prevent wrinkles by blocking the nerve signals to certain muscles, it can work to prevent sweating by preventing nerves from signaling sweat glands. But, the question remains: Is it too good to be true?
Not FDA Approved
Although the FDA has approved Botox for use in reducing underarm sweat, the agency hasn’t approved the injection for use in the scalp. A surgeon might be experienced with injecting Botox into the scalp, but the treatment hasn’t necessarily undergone a lot of clinical trials or tests to see how effective it is or to rule out any side effects.
Another drawback of receiving Botox injections in the scalp to preserve your blowout is that the procedure can be expensive. Typically, injectors who administer Botox to the scalp perform as many as 150 injections during a single treatment. All of those injections add up, and the average cost of a scalp Botox treatment is about $1,200. On the plus side, the treatment tends to last longer than in other areas of the body. While Botox used to treat crow’s feet or frown lines tends to wear off after about three months, Botox to stop sweating in the scalp can last for up to one year.
Botox in the scalp can be a good choice for people who would otherwise not workout, as they are concerned about messing up their hairstyle. But, if you have hair that doesn’t get frizzy or that doesn’t need a lot of intense styling before it behaves, scalp Botox is most likely a bit extreme and unnecessary. If you have naturally straight hair, you might find that all you need after a workout is to shampoo and dry your hair off before going about your normal day.
Choosing an Injector
If scalp Botox seems like something you’d like to try and if a once-a-year treatment that will extend the life of your blowouts appeals to you, make sure you choose the right injector. Use the same criteria when finding someone to inject Botox into your scalp that you would when looking for an injector give you Botox that treats wrinkles. Look for a facial plastic surgeon who’s board certified and who has ample training and experience performing the injections.
You might want to ask to see before and after photos of people who’ve gotten scalp Botox and speak with a few patients so that you can get a sense of what goes into treatment. Find out if it’s uncomfortable, how long it took, and whether the doctor answered all of their questions or not. You can also ask if they are still enjoying the results and if they’d recommend Botox in the scalp to others.
Although Botox for blowouts might not be an official treatment just yet, there’s no way to say for sure whether or not the FDA will approve it at some point down the road. Until then, if you’re interested in learning more about Botox injections to treat wrinkles or about the many other uses for the injectable, your best bet is to speak with a board certified facial plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Michael Schwartz in West Palm Beach, Florida. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Schwartz, call 561-228-5888 today.