Botox injections to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines have been a cosmetic industry mainstay for years now. And of course, we all love a good blowout. But how about a combo of the two for the strangest-sounding beauty treatment you never guessed existed?
It seems Botox has long been put to use for things other than filling in wrinkles, and is fully FDA-approved in the U.S. for treating excessive sweating (and other sometimes painful conditions). And it seems, with so-called ‘blowtox’ — Botox for scalp sweat — you can prolong the freshness of your blowout. So feel free to book your hot yoga class for right after the salon, we guess?
Dr. Nancy Samolitis, co-founder of Facile Dermatology + Boutique in California, told Popsugar a little more about the procedure, including its relative safety: “Botox is safe to use in any patient who is considered a good candidate and doesn’t have certain chronic neurological conditions. Injecting the scalp, specifically, doesn’t incur any additional risks. In fact, some of the injection points are similar to those used to treat migraines.” Good to know, though getting yourself injected for blinding migraine pain is a little more understandable than for simply wanting to preserve a fresh look.
As per usual for more under-the-radar beauty trends, Instagram had plenty of advocates sharing results of their blowtox procedures, and events promoting the benefits of Botox to reduce scalp sweat and oil production.
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This is Dr. Javahery after her @soulcycle class last Wednesday! Blo-tox helps preserve hair after a workout and her hair looks great after her soul cycle class last week! Between being a working mom and running three practices, it’s hard for her to find time to wash her hair so the treatment was right for her! A blo-tox treatment helps save the time and energy of washing your hair because it helps reduce scalp oil and sweat! Schedule your appointment today! (Photo via Jackson, the @soulcycle instructor)
If you were thinking of it, blowtox does require less of the Botox substance than other areas (100 units to begin with, as compared to 200 for other sweaty body parts like underarms, under the breasts, or groin), according to Dr. Samolitis, though of course this depends on the individual. While the effects may take a week after injection to kick in, sweat can apparently be reduced by up to 80 per cent, with effects of just one injection lasting anywhere from four to six months. All of which isn’t insubstantial, especially if your workout schedule interferes with your grooming routine, or you have overactive sweat glands and prefer to avoid a surgical option.
As with all cosmetic and beauty treatments though, blowtox doesn’t come cheap, with a series of procedures at Dr. Samolitis’s LA clinic-come-boutique starting at $1570 ($1200 USD). Looks like we’ll take our blowout sans Botox for now, thanks.