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.
It has been ten days now since my “procedure” and I wanted to reach out with an unrequested update and endorsement. All my life I have been ashamed to raise my hand.
It’s not that I didn’t have anything to say, or that I didn’t think that I could contribute to a discussion, answer a question, or shouldn’t volunteer for anything. I have been ashamed because I didn’t want anyone to see how much I was sweating. I was embarrassed for everyone to know that I had sweated through my shirt. Again.
I tried every different kind of anti-perspirant available. I wore tee shirts under my dress shirts, I only bought shirts in pure white or pure black, I tried to buy only synthetic shirts that wouldn’t show the dampness (hell, Wetness) under my arms. At work, people thought I wore my Nomex (a special, flame resistant material used in refineries and chemical plants to protect you from flash fires) because I wanted to. NO, it was because sweat stains don’t go through nomex, or at least they’re not as noticeable. In meetings, or just sitting in my office, the sweating would start, and the more upset I became about it, the worse it was. I wasn’t hot, or even nervous, it just happened. I would sit with my arms pinned to my sides, hoping people wouldn’t notice, but convinced that everyone did. And that everyone thought I was either lying, nervous or just “gross.” The more I worried the worse it would become. It was UTTERLY HUMILIATING.
Everything changed ten days ago.
Twenty minutes in the chair in your office and thirty practically (though not completely) painless injections, changed all that. The multiple, micro injections of botox solution under each arm has stopped the flow. I still sweat plenty, when appropriate, like when exercising or when out in the heat – but never “just because.”
I can now wear every shirt in my closet – without a tee shirt. My silk shirts won’t be ruined anymore. Hell, I am even looking to buy NEW shirts! I can sit in a meeting with my hands clasped behind my head, relaxed and in control. I can sit through tough discussions with customers, clients and co-workers and NOT have to worry about some dreaded “tell” that makes me feel weak or unable to control myself. I am calm, confident and happy – not nervous or worrying about “when the sweating will start...”
Folks who never had the problem of uncontrolled sweating should count their blessings. Your procedure is a true blessing for those of us who do suffer with it. I can’t recommend this procedure highly enough. I sincerely believe it has improved my life.