For people who suffer with excessive underarm sweating, even the simplest of tasks, like raising a hand to answer a question, can become a source of anxiety and embarrassment. Excessive underarm sweating, also known as primary axillary hyperhidrosis, can crush self esteem every day. Thankfully, there are many solutions out there that can help relieve this issue, including Botox.
Yes, you heard that right. Botox isn’t just used for cosmetic purposes. It can also help with functional issues, such as excessive sweating. We’re going to take a look at how exactly it does that now.
How Do I Know if I have Excessive Underarm Sweating?
All of us get sweaty underneath our arms. In fact, sweating is good for us! So how can you be sure that you have a sweating problem? According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, hyperhidrosis occurs when your body sweats more than it needs to in order to stay cool. Allergan notes the following as signs that you may have excessive hyperhidrosis:
- You change your clothes frequently because of your underarm sweat
- You use absorbent materials underneath your clothing
- You avoid certain clothing materials or fabrics because of sweat
- You seek medical help for sweating
If you think you may suffer with this condition, consult a dermatologist. They will be able to diagnose you with the condition and help you find successful treatment for it.
How Does Botox Help With Hyperhidrosis?
If antiperspirants, such as deodorant and prescription products, haven’t given you any relief from your sweating condition, Botox might be your best solution. During Botox treatment, small doses of botulinum toxin temporarily block chemical messengers from reaching the nerves that stimulate your sweat glands. In other words, Botox stops your armpits from sweating. Because the nerves no longer stimulate your sweat glands, your armpits should no longer sweat excessively.
Since sweating is good for you, you may think that this sounds a little problematic. There’s no need to worry though. Your armpits only contain 2% of your body’s sweat glands. The remainder of your body will sweat normally, regulating your body temperature and keeping you cool. Remember, Botox is FDA approved to treat primary excessive hyperhidrosis. It’s proven to be a safe solution to excessive underarm sweating.
What is the Treatment Like?
The Botox treatment for excessive underarm sweating is quick and simple. It only lasts about 10 to 15 minutes. During that time, small doses of Botox are injected into your underarm through a very fine needle.
Botox Results for Excessive Underarm Sweating
Though the Botox treatment only takes about 15 minutes, results can last up to 6.7 months, according to Allergan. Within just 4 weeks after your injections, you should notice a significant reduction in underarm sweating. Here’s proof.
In one clinical study, 55% of patients suffering with excessive underarm sweating received an effective response from Botox, compared to 6% who received a placebo. 81% of those who had Botox injections experienced a more than 50% reduction in underarm sweating. That’s pretty incredible.
For the best results, you should receive injections from an experienced practitioner. Dr. Chernoff and his staff have successfully treated many patients suffering with hyperhidrosis, including Barry. You can read Barry’s story here. Speak to your dermatologist to find out if Botox is right for you. Feel free to contact us for any other information about hyperhidrosis.
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