Hyperhidrosis, otherwise known as excessive sweating to axilla (armpits) is a common condition among many Americans. Tired of constant sweating, staining of shirts, dresses, and the embarrassment of dripping pits? We can help.
Hyperhidrosis commonly affects the axilla (underarm area) of both men and women of all ethnicities. Excessive axillary moisture commonly produces a large wet ring around the entire underarm crease, which is visible even when a person doesn’t raise their arms. That mark you see on your clothing is from repetitive moisture rings and can often ruin your favorite shirt. Not to mention the embarrassment that comes along with Hyperhidrosis.
Treating Hyperhidrosis with Botox
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have approved Botox injections to treat excessive underarm sweating. It works by blocking a chemical in the body that activates the sweat glands.
According to the International Hyperhidrosis Society, underarm Botox injections can reduce underarm sweating by 82–87%. The effects can typically last 4–12 months, or up to 14 months in some cases.
People who receive underarm Botox injections tend to see results 2–4 days after treatment. The full effects are usually noticeable within 2 weeks.
To date, the FDA have approved Botox injections for underarm use only
How does it work?
Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxin made by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. Neurotoxins are substances that affect the structure or function of the nervous system.
Botox alters the function of certain neurotransmitters. These are chemicals in the body that instruct the body to react in a certain way. Botox blocks the neurotransmitter that tells the sweat glands to activate, to control sweating in the injection area.
Frequently Asked Questions
Before the treatment
Prior to the procedure, a person will consult with their doctor. They should take this opportunity to tell the doctor about any medical conditions they have, and medications they currently take. This can help reduce the risk of side effects and complications.
People who undergo Botox injections should not shave their underarms for 3-4 days before the treatment.
After the treatment
A person can go home immediately after Botox treatment. They should avoid exercise, and not have hot baths or showers for the rest of the day.
Most healthcare providers will recommend a follow-up appointment 1–2 weeks after the procedure. This is to touch up any missed areas, and check for side effects.