Botox, Coming to an Arm Pit Near You

Jacqueline Burt Cote

syringePit stains are the pits, no doubt about it. That's why celebs have been secretly getting Botox injections in their armpits before the Oscars and other big events for the past few years: No woman wants to be caught with those telltale splotches on her gown when she raises her statuette victoriously in the air. Now Botox is being billed as a treatment for anyone with hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, but it's catching on with regular old sweaty types, too.

Human beings sweat for a reason, though (it's how our bodies keep from overheating and why, unlike pigs, we don't have to roll around in mud to cool off). So why do we treat normal bodily functions like they're disorders?



We can stop ourselves from sweating, we can erase wrinkles, we can even take birth control pills that eliminate the need for periods altogether. Don't get me wrong; I don't like sweating through my shirt any more than I like the lines on my forehead, and I'm not a big fan of getting my period, either. But look, this business of being human -- it can get pretty messy. Sometimes -- gasp! -- people smell bad. Horrors! Sometimes we gals get a little bloated; we might even break out with a couple of zits. Lock yourself in the closet and hide, woman! Have you no shame?

As much as we want one, there's no magic body-fixing bullet out there. Botox injections might keep your underarms or the soles of your feet from perpetually perspiring, but what if you were to end up with one of the possible side effects, such as flu-like symptoms or neck and back pain? You might wish you'd just stuck with that stick of deodorant instead. Especially since one session can cost up to $2,000, and the results only last for about six months.

Are we taking our quest for perfection too far?


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