If you are like many people, you might be spending a lot of money on those wonderful stylish haircuts, or the voluminous blow out. So, just how far would you take it to keep it in place after you leave the salon? For instance, would you have 100 tiny little shots placed directly onto your scalp?
Interestingly, there’s a new procedure that many have been undergoing to keep that hairstyle fresh. Botox is now being used on the head to reduce the amount of sweat on the scalp, which helps keep hair clean and fresh.
As you know, Botox or Botulinum toxin type A, has been used for a number of therapies including correcting wrinkles to help with migraine pain. Other applications include reducing sweat in the hands, feet, and underarms to reduce the symptoms of hyperhidrosis.
Botox essentially works by decreasing the nerve simulation in sweat glands or muscles, according to Dr. Thomas Wright, medical director of Laser Lipo and Vein Center.
While the process of injecting Botox to reduce scalp sweat is being performed, complete effects are still unknown.
According to Dr. Wright, Botox application to the scalp is similar to that used for facial area, except a greater surface area is involved. Generally, the face only receives about 20 units, while the scalp will involve approximately 100 units.
Potential Side Effects and Risks
Aside from the pain of multiple shots, the effects can be almost instant, and can include side effects of pain, bruising and swelling. Additionally, this Botox scalp procedure can come with a high price tag, often upwards of $2,000 per treatment. The procedure does need to be repeated between four and eight months later for the effects to remain in place.
This type of Botox treatment has not been FDA approved. Correspondingly, there are a different set of risks that come due to the amount of scalp area. One common risk is the potential for the eyelids to droop, should the injections be performed too far down on the scalp.
As always, any Botox injection must be performed by trained physicians who understand the risks and how to properly inject the Botox solution to reduce potential complications.
If you are interested in any Botox procedure, Dr. Wright and his staff at the Laser Lipo and Vein Center invite you to set up a complimentary consultation where all of your options can be discussed.