Treat embarrassing sweating with Botox injections, but make sure your sweating is not a symptom

July 21, 2011

Common beauty problems may be symptoms of health issues.
Common beauty problems may be symptoms of health issues.

Excessive sweating, hair loss, dry skin, overly rosy skin, breakouts and hair growth on the chin or upper lip are those monkey wrenches that can throw you off your game. If one of these insidious problems is visiting you, you will go far to make sure that visit is temporary. But, what you probably won’t do is stop and think that this beauty problem may be a symptom of a health issue.

The July issue of Ladies Home Journal advises, “Sometimes monitoring your looks can help you monitor your health.” For example, if you are sweating up a storm to regulate your body temperature, try an antiperspirant with aluminum chloride or, if that doesn’t work, contact a plastic surgeon for Botox injections, which can paralyze the sweat glands to decrease sweating. But that’s not all; excessive sweating can signal an overactive thyroid. Look for thinning hair, weight loss, bulging eyes, anxiety, rapid heartbeat and intolerance to heat. If you have a couple of these symptoms, contact your doctor for a blood test. You can be easily treated with thyroid replacement medication.

Female hair loss is often genetic, but it can also be triggered by stress, general anesthesia, a recent illness, extreme dieting, hormones and perimenopause. You can try Rogaine and/or see your doctor for an oral medication regime related to hair loss. But, once again, your thyroid may be the culprit. Watch out for cold feet, dull hair and skin, weight gain, constipation and fatigue. If you suspect your thyroid is out of whack, get tested! If your problem does not improve, contact a plastic surgeon about hair transplantation procedures.

In many fair-skinned women between 30 and 50, blood vessels dilate easily, making skin look red and flushed – a condition known as rosacea. An over-the-counter moisturizer called Pyraline XR might help, or you can consult a plastic surgeon about pulsed dye laser treatments. But, if you have a distinctive red face rash in the shape of a butterfly, you should consider that you may have lupus. Other lupus symptoms include fever, pain, fatigue and problems with your heart, kidneys, joints and other organs. A skin test and biopsy are frequently used for diagnosis.

As you age, your estrogen levels ebb, your testosterone increases and, horror of horrors, you may wind up with hair where you don’t want it??on your chin or upper lip. You can try waxing, electrolysis or laser hair removal. Your doctor may prescribe Vaniqua, a prescription cream that slows down unwanted hair growth. But your problem could be polycystic ovarian syndrome, which causes excessive facial hair, thinning hair, acne, ovarian cysts and weight gain as well as infertility, diabetes and heart disease if left untreated. If you suspect this syndrome, have your gynecologist or endocrinologist check your hormone levels.

Lastly, its probably just adult acne, but it could be skin cancer. A pimple that looks waxy, pearly, persists for weeks, doesn’t seem to heal completely, or bleeds occasionally, could be skin cancer. See your dermatologist or plastic surgeon. 


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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