Does it work?
Botox used in the underarm area can decrease sweating by 82% and typically lasts 3 – 12 months. This can also decrease body odor from the decreased moisture. For those with hyperhidrosis, a condition that causes excess sweating, Botox can bring perspiration to a “normal” amount.
How does it work?
Botox temporarily blocks the chemicals that signal your glands to sweat, but does not affect touch, sensation, or movement of the area. Each treatment is typically about 15-20 injections using an extremely small needle – just a bit bigger than an acupuncture needle. Most people see improvements within 3-4 days, with full effects around 2 weeks.
What is the treatment like?
Botox injections to help with sweating and quick and simple. After an initial consultation with your doctor to make sure you are a candidate, the injections only take a few minutes. You may have between 15-20 injections of Botox just below the surface of the skin in each underarm using an extremely small needle. You can go about your usual activities right afterwards, although your doctor may advise against exercise or hot baths for a few days.
Are there side effects?
Sweating is natural and happens to cool your body down. Some worry that Botox in this area will stop the sweat and effect their bodies process to cool properly. However, your armpits only contain about 2% of your sweat glands, so reduce sweating in a few small areas will not affect your ability to cool off. Other than minor discomfort from the injection itself, Botox injections have almost no side effects short- or long-term. You may have a slight pain or irritation at the injection sites which should fade quickly.
For more information regarding this treatment – call us at 946-2326 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Colin.