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Is it safe for kids to do Botox?

Asked by pcmonkey (424 points ) July 2nd, 2012 from iPhone

First of all, I’m 14 and I’m not talking about injecting my face with Botox for the sake of cosmetics. I have this condition called “hyperhidrosis” which is basically excessive, randomly occurring, sweating under the arms(yes, I know it’s disgusting). Antiperspirants do not work for me and the only other reasonable, non-surgical, procedure to treat this condition is Botox. I have read that this has very high success rates and even though it’s temporary (6–8 months), it is something I need done. I am seeking a dermatologist for this tomorrow, but will I just sound stupid asking them to preform Botox on a 14 year old? Is it illegal or something for my age, because this isn’t just for fun. This is a medical procedure that I could really benefit from.

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Hawaii_Jake's avatar

It would be interesting to know who diagnosed your hyperhidrosis and what treatments have been tried. Have you tried the prescription strength antiperspirants? There are also oral medications that can be used.

I haven’t been able to find age limits to the use of Botox in my online search. I hope some other user can shed light on this.

Silence04's avatar

How do you know you have hyperhidrosis? What was your initial treatment plan?

Either way, botox isn’t something anyone should be putting in there bodies on a regular basis. Hyperhidrosis is pretty common anyway.

pcmonkey's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake Um, I don’t think I’d randomly be sweating like a pig everyday when I’m not even hot or nervous if I didn’t have SOMETHING. And yes, I’ve tried prescriptions.
Doesn’t work.
@Silence04 Why? What are the side effects?

Silence04's avatar

Excess sweating is caused by a lot of things; caffiene, hormones, stress, anxiety, excitement, allergies, foods/spices, etc. It does not mean you have hyperhidrosis.

To answer you question, Botox is a bacteria neurotoxin that is used to paralyze muscles of the injection site. However it can get in you blood stream and cause botulism, which is bacteria that spreads and attacks your nervous system causing paralysis of the body and even respiratory failure.

pcmonkey's avatar

@Silence04 ..I guess this is kind of out of the question for me.. But what else do you recommend, considering that antiperperants do NOT work for me at all.

gorillapaws's avatar

@pcmonkey I think you should talk to your dermatologist tomorrow, and discuss what hasn’t worked for you. They would be in the best position to figure out the safest/most effective course of treatment.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

According to WebMD, hyperhidrosis is uncommon, affecting only 2 to 3% of the population. In teenagers, it begins mostly with sweating of the palms and the soles of the feet, although they didn’t rule out that it can begin later in adolescence with heavy sweating under the arms.

Treatments begin with over-the-counter antiperspirants, prescription antiperspirants, iontophoresis, oral medication, Botox, and finally, surgery as a last resort.

A dermatologist will be the best one to make the determination as to what treatment should be tried.

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JLeslie's avatar

I think it is probably safe, but there is a chance Botox is not approved for under 18, so it would be off label use. Doctors use off label all the time, but what that would mean is there has never been a clinical trial regarding it, so side effects are not documented through scientific research in your age category if I am right that it is approved for 18 and up.

I do have a suggestion before you go that route. Certain Dri is not like any other antipersperant on the market. You apply it at night and it lasts about 72 hours. It works very well. On the last day of the three I add some regular antipersperant in the morning. Read the instructions before you use it. Do not use it on just shaven skin or immediately after a shower. I am pretty sure I buy mine at Walgreens, it is usually on the bottom row and hard to find.

Besides botox, supposedly electrolisis helps and then you get rid of the hair also. You might want to research that. The dermatologist will probably not recommend the other things if he makes his money with the botox and doesn’t offer the other serices, so remember that. It will be up to you and your parents in the end to make the decision, not the doctor. Unless he flat out refuses to do the botox.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Try the putting Milk of Magnesia on a soft paper towel folded up to a pad about 3 inches by 3 inches. Then use this as an antiperspirant also using alcohol before, this reduces any odors.

Judi's avatar

If the doctor says its safe for YOU then it is. We really are not in a position to asses the benefits and risks to you like your doctor is. Any info you get here is probably worth the price you pay for it. A doctor who knows your complete medical history can give you the information to decide what’s best.

bkcunningham's avatar

Milk of Magnesia. I didn’t know that, @Tropical_Willie. After I read your answer, I looked it up and it warns against taking it orally if you have kidney problems or if you are pregnant. I’d imagine that would be true of something you put in your armpits too, wouldn’t you? MoM. You learn something new everyday.

JLeslie's avatar

I found the insert for Botox cosmetic, not sure if that is the right drug? And, it says in off label use for spacicity children have more negatice reactions than adults, but that is with a specific condition. I didn’t notice anything about children regarding sweating. Since you are 14, I will assume through puberty, and if you are at least 100 pounds, you are basically an adult by most measures physiologically. There are still changes going on in your body though.

My advice is if the doctor supports your idea of using botox for your condition, ask him how many patients your age he has done it for, if there have been any negative affects, and if there is any information you can read about the risks.

SuperMouse's avatar

I have hyperhidrosis and it runs in my family. My sister, my aunt and my niece all treated theirs with a prescription deodorant. They only needed to use it for a couple of months and the problem was taken care of for good.

Mine started when I was your age and I feel your pain! When I was 14, there was nothing so awful as someone pointing out the pit stains on my shirt – there was no treatment way back then. It has gotten much, much better without any treatment at all as I have gotten older.

It is my understanding that Botox is approved for the treatment of severe sweating, just make sure you, your parents, and your doctor have discussed all your treatment options and side effects.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I don’t think Botox and its long term use is safe for anyone. But, if you have an issue and you think Botox will help it…learn the risks and make a decision.

jca's avatar

I don’t think it’s safe for anybody to do Botox.

Buttonstc's avatar

If you do decide to go the Botox route (and I’m not saying that you necessarily should) you should definitely be under the care of a BOARD CERTIFIED MD not just a Dermatologist. Botox is not a benign substance (its name is a shortened form of Botulism toxin..Its a virulent poison. ) Look it up. . If its injected into the wrong area by a fraction of a millimeter, you’re facing problems)

I’m not trying to scare you needlessly but this is not something. that should be done by just anybody other than a BOARD Certified Physician. Those are the ones with the knowledge, expertise and experience to deal with any medical aspect of this which arises. And they may also know of other alternatives.

Mr_Paradox's avatar

My suggestion is to stay away from Botox at all costs. The Clostridium Botulism bacteria is what is used. This bacteria can survive in a vacume and produces one of the worlds deadliest nerotoxins. However, do not have a Dermatologist or a Board Certified Physician do this. GET A SURGON. As @Buttonstc said: “If its injected into the wrong area by a fraction of a millimeter, you’re facing problems.” These problems are: total nervous system failure, lung failure, heart failure, coma, and death. If I remember correctly you have 15 minutes before symptoms start and death can come as soon as 5 minutes after, so stay with the doctor for at LEAST a half hour after the injection.

Buttonstc's avatar

You are correct. I meant to say a BOARD Certified Plastic Surgeon and should have been more specific in my wording. You need someone thoroughly trained in anatomy and familiar with EMERGENCY procedures.

And I’m not at all exaggerating about the fraction of a millimeter part.

Just because stupid vain women have been known to have Botox parties where they find someone willing to do 10 or more people in a short period of time, does notcan you should go this route.

This is not the time to cheap out. Make sure to interview thoroughly enough to find someone truly competent to do the job correctly. You want someone thoroughly familiar enough who has done enough cases similar to yours. Botox in a small forehead area is vastly different from what your case requires.

JLeslie's avatar

@SuperMouse What type of doctor treated you? Was it a GP or a specialist?

SuperMouse's avatar

@JLeslie I never received treatment, I just lived with it and to an extent still do. My niece, sister, and aunt were treated by a dermatologist I believe.

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