Cinderella Procedures: Botox Now Used to Stamp Out Excess Foot Sweating

Southern Plastic Surgery’s Dr. David Whiteman was recognized by Allergan, the makers of the increasingly popular dermal injectable Botox®, as a Platinum Injector in the fall of 2009.  Whiteman’s extensive experience administering the product garnered him the accolade and has also allowed him to further explore the added benefits of the product, beside wrinkle-reducing muscle relaxation, like migraine headache relief, and now, reducing foot sweating.

According to a recently published article in The NewYork Daily Post citing an interview from The Wall Street Journal in which an aesthetic foot surgeon details injecting Botox® into patients’ feet to minimize the amount of sweating and subsequent growth of bacteria contributing to many patients’ foot faux pas. The injections are a new procedure added to the recently coined, and aptly named, niche of cosmetic foot surgeries dubbed “Cinderella procedures.”

Botox® and similar competitor Dysport® work to temporarily (results typically lasting 4-6 months) block the nerve signals from the muscle into which they are injected.  Originally, Botox® and Dysport® were developed as a way for patients to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles around the eyes (periocular) and mouth (frown lines) contributing to an aged appearance.  According to the published interviews, the injectables work similarly to temporarily block the nerve signals that cause patients’ underarms and feet to sweat when injected into the respective regions.

Dr. Whiteman carefully reminds patients that injectables are only a temporary fix for these issues and that ,because they are not the specifically intended use of the products, they should be approached with  due caution.  Additionally, patients should ensure that their prospective physician is properly trained to perform the injections (consulting only a board certified plastic surgeon is usually a good way to make sure of this.)

If you’re interested in learning more about the uses of cosmetic injectables or the other cosmetic surgery procedures Dr. Whiteman performs contact his office.