Scalp Botox: What It Is And Why It's Becoming Popular

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August 17, 2015

It’s common for people to get Botox injections on their feet, hands and underarms to prevent sweating, but now the latest hair care trend is scalp Botox. Say what?! Exercising tends to make most women and men sweat, therefore messing up their hair situation. Women are getting increasingly tired of having to re-do their hair after exercising because it takes extra effort and time. Now, one doctor has come up with a solution to sweaty scalps and it’s in the form of Botox injections.

First, how do Botox injections prevent sweating? Botulinum toxin (Botox) affects the nerve endings and the eccrine (sweat) glands. It basically blocks any communication between the nerve ending and sweat gland so there’s no message received to produce sweat. Dr. Dendy Engelman, a dermatologic surgeon and dermatologist at Manhattan Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, is one of the first professional to perform this procedure. How did she come up with it, though? “A patient came in complaining of excess scalp sweating—how it was ruining her blowouts or making her skip workouts because she didn’t have time to restyle her hair. I mentioned botulinum toxin injections (Botox), and she said she wanted to try it,” Dr. Engelman told Nylon

After prepping the area with alcohol, Dr. Engelman applies anywhere from 100 to 200 injections in the scalp. She said it doesn’t hurt because she uses a very small needle and injects it into the hair follicle opening. She said, “To date, everyone has tolerated the procedure beautifully and no one has complained of pain or discontinued the treatment due to pain.” Scalp Botox will cost an average of $1,200 to $1,500 per treatment and last anywhere from six to 12 months.

Dr. Engelman says the treatment won’t negatively affect hair, either. She also thinks the treatment is only going to increase in popularity. “So many people agonize over the effects sweating has on hair, but until now, they didn’t know treatment options were available,” she said.

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