Recently, a Mexican a social media influencer and bodybuilder Odalis Santos Mena, with over one lakh Instagram followers, died on 07 July this year after a botched up surgery to avoid excessive underarm sweating. Media reports suggest that the 23-year-old Odalis was recruited by the SkinPiel clinic in Mexico’s Guadalajara to promote the treatment to reduce underarm sweating, named MiraDry, which is apparently FDA approved. As per a report published in The Sun, the treatment works by using heat energy to remove sweat glands, which ultimately also leads to reduction of body odour and underarm hair, it claimed.
A report on Odalis in New York Post had claimed that she’d won the 2019 Miss and Mr. Hercules title as well as the Wellness Fitness Juvenile contest and was due to participate in a bikini contest in the US soon.
Russian roulette for perfection
It’s no secret that sweat can pose a serious problem to athletes in nearly all sports. Hyperhidrosis (or excessive sweating) and physical activity do not mesh well. From ruining workout clothing and equipment to actually decreasing a player’s performance, unchecked sweat poses a problem for nearly all athletes.
However, experts warn about the risk of developing infections when sweat glands are removed from the underarm. Among the many theories behind the death of the legendary Bruce Lee, one was that he had an operation to remove the sweat glands from his armpits.
Despite the dangers, as is with most things in the world of beauty and gloss, despite the potential dangers in the procedure, celebs, actors, models and sports personalities across the world have been getting their doctors to administer to them Botox injections for the removal of sweat glands to halt underarm sweating.
Western celebs getting the underarms procedure for excessive sweating include the feisty super-model and TV show hostess Chrissy Teigen and many others.