Depending on who you ask, , the neurotoxin that rose to prominence in the '00s for its wrinkle-smoothing capabilities, could be an anti-aging marvel, , a migraine miracle, or a scourge to gracefully aging women everywhere. Whatever you may feel about the muscle-paralyzing medication's uses, there's no denying that this vial's staying power has proven it to be far more than just your average skincare fad, and yet it seems that every few years there is a new surge of interest as beauty fans discover fresh, must-try methods of using the injectable.
The latest craze? Botox treatments that claim to make your blowout last longer, aka "
To get the scoop on this new trend, we talked with Dr. Francesca Fusco, a dermatologist and scalp health expert, about everything you need to know before going under the needle.
What Is Hair Botox, Exactly?
"Individuals with hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) benefit a great deal from this therapy," says Fusco. "I have injected it in armpits, hands, feet, and hairlines to control excessive sweating." Considering the treatment's success, it seems only natural for the process to have gained popularity for its hair-refreshing properties.
How Does It Work?
"Botulinum toxin blocks acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter which is involved in signaling the stimulation of the sweat gland," explains Fusco. Obviously, this chemical stop sign is beneficial for those who experience intense sweating, but even those who only get moderately dewy during will find the antiperspirant bonus from injections. In fact, one study even reported that botulinum toxin could decrease hair-dirtying oil production at the injection site as well to help with extending your time between hair washings, though the findings suggest that sebum production in
For many, "
How Much Does It Cost?
The expense of a "
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