Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) can be a major issue for some people. What makes it even more frustrating is when deodorants aren’t doing their job. So, what’s the next option? This is where Botulinum toxin (Botox) comes into play. When you think about Botox your first thought that may come to mind is “cosmetic treatment” for wrinkles and/or fine lines. However, Botox injections have become increasingly known for treating axillary hyperhidrosis, in other words, excessive underarm sweating.
To treat underarm sweating, Botox works by blocking the nerves that are responsible for the activation of sweat glands. When having Botox injected by a dermatologist, the overactive nerves get paralyzed and the nerves aren’t able to signal your sweat glands anymore, so you stop sweating. If you’re a first-time patient receiving Botox for your armpits, numbing cream is applied topically in the area 1 hour before the injections to ease any discomfort.
Botox for Armpits: Potential Side Effects & Downtime
There is no downtime after Botox treatment, however, some common side effects of Botox are localized irritation or bruising. More serious side effects which are extremely rare.
After your hyperhidrosis treatment, you’ll notice an improvement in your quality of life. You will be able to wear silk clothing again without being self-conscious about any sweat stains that people will notice. In all cases, your doctor will recommend a follow-up appointment 4-6 weeks later for any maintenance or injection of Botox that is needed.
Because the effects of Botox are temporary, you’ll need future injections to keep up with your treatment. Each case is different of course and you will need to discuss this with your dermatologist. Bottom line – this is the best move for treating hyperhidrosis when prescription antiperspirants and/or over-the-counter antiperspirants fail to stop sweating from occurring.
If you’re looking to reduce underarm sweating, there’s finally a solution that can help. Contact us online today or call our NYC based offices at 212-535-3088 to learn more about how Botox can potentially help you achieve the results you would like.