Thursday, August 27, 2009

Botox VS. Dysport

First things first.
Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition in which a person sweats excessively and unpredictably. People with hyperhidrosis may sweat even when it is cool or when they are at rest.
You could say that I have a mild condition of Hyperhidrosis. Palmar Hyperhidrosis to be exact.

Upon my departure from my fabulous job at the Dermatologist office, Dr. Hamilton offered the option of once again puncturing my hands with many painful needles to decrease the amount of sweating. What a nice little going-away-gift. (A previous story about a similar experience can be found HERE) I of course agreed to the torture, and seated my self in the patients chair. I had some numbing cream, but don't think it worked much. The procedure is done starting in the middle of the palm going in an outward spiral until each little digit is injected. A couple pricks down each finger (the tips hurting the most containing the most nerves clustered together in the body) and then you're done.
With one hand that is. Previously I have had this procedure done with a product known as BOTOX. As many of you know, whether users or not, BOTOX is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles used to temporarily freeze and improve the look of frown lines and wrinkles. However, many of you don't know that Dysport (pronounced 'DISS-port') -a very similar product approved by the FDA April 30, 2009- is now available in the United States. Which brings me to the very reason I was seated in the patient chair that slowly reclined to a laying position as my palms sweat and sweat and sweat (their last chance for a long time I might add). The last time I had painful palm injections the results lasted well over 9 months and wore off very slowly maximizing my results to almost 18 months* I would say. The question is: HOW LONG WILL THE DYSPORT LAST? Only time will tell. It is one week today and the results have been fabulous. Some research has shown Dysport lasting even longer than Botox- and better yet- It is a cheaper product.


*results not typical.

13 comments:

Steph and Bran said...

Oh my gosh that looks like torture!!!

Diane said...

Sara, Audrey would kill for that treatment. She cries at least once a week because her hands are so sweaty. You need to educate me on this, let me know everything.

Calloways said...

I'm using this in the newsletter....seriously!

Nicole and Ryan Wilder said...

I'm so fascinated! That looks painful! Just looking at those pictures made me hurt! Ouch!

Lauren Evans said...

Oh sara, I love your sweat free hands, they are sexy. I think I would pass out if I had that done..I had to get blood drawn from my wrist once and just the needle going in that general area made me go right out. I love that you could take that and have pictures taken at the same time. what a stud!

Lana Dawn said...

that looked SOO painful..

the thing i love about your sweaty palms is whenever something crazy/exciting/scary happened you always could tell the extent of whatever it was due to the sweat on your hands...

i love you

Lana Dawn said...

that looked SOO painful..

the thing i love about your sweaty palms is whenever something crazy/exciting/scary happened you always could tell the extent of whatever it was due to the sweat on your hands...

i love you

John Salmon said...

Awesome, Sara! Give me a high-dry-five!

mj said...

ouch. but cool...i also suffer from sweaty things..but mostly my right arm pit. dang.

Josh & Jennifer said...

Hey Sara, I found your blog from Mary and Laura's blogs, I lived above you in 334 and we all kept each other up late playing pranks on each other. I had surgery to get rid of my sweaty hands and it didn't hurt and they don't sweat. I actually get to put lotion on them cause they sometimes get to dry crazy I know. E-mail me if you have questions and I'll tell you all about it. joshandjenn27@gmail.com looks like you and your hubby are doing well. =)

Mindy said...

Aren't you glad I grabbed the camera for visual documentation to your torture?! See, I knew this would make for a great blog post! By the way, you were very brave but I wish you had mentioned the laughing. It was hilarious.....for me anyway. : ) Love and miss you!

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