You might be forgiven for thinking that Botox treatments are used only for softening the appearance of wrinkles and giving you a more youthful appearance. What most people don’t know is that this can be used for the underarm area to help reduce excessive sweating. It’s a condition many individuals suffer from and can cause enduring problems in their daily lives.
The use of Botox goes back some years and it’s not only for cosmetic purposes. In medical circles it is often used for certain eye problems and helping to reduce things like persistent muscle spasms because it works by blocking nerve impulses.
Sweating is controlled by eccrine glands and in some people this can lead to excessive perspiration especially in the underarm area. This condition is called hyperhidrosis and about 2.8% of the population suffer from it.
This is not normal sweating as most of us know it. Hyperhidrosis occurs whether it’s hot or cold and can cause constant wetness of the underarms and staining of clothing. In these circumstances, the usual topical applications such as deodorant or creams that help reduce sweating do not work. Researchers have not yet found one single cause for hyperhidrosis as it’s known. It could be a genetic condition that someone is born with and has to deal with throughout their life or it might be triggered by a condition such as being pregnancy or when you approach the menopause.
Botox works by blocking the nerve impulses to the eccrine glands and, when injected, can reduce the amount of sweat people with this condition produce. This is not a proper cure for hyperhidrosis but does provide relief for patients for some months while the Botox lasts. Adrienne’s Aesthetics provides underarm Botox treatments in Newcastle and across the North East – click here for a list of clinics and contact details.
What Happens During the Procedure?
- First of all, any clinic administering underarm Botox should make sure that they assess you properly. This will probably involve checking that you have exhausted all other avenues and also taking a look at your medical history.
- If you are suitable for underarm Botox, a local anaesthetic will be applied to that area. The underarm also needs to be recently shaved. Some people decide not to opt for the anaesthetic but if you do it should take about 30 minutes to take effect.
- Botox is injected into various points around the underarm using a fine needle. This takes about another 30 minutes to complete.
- Most clinics will advise you not to rub the area that has been treated or put on deodorant for about four hours afterwards. They also advise not to exercise for the 24 hours following treatment.
- You won’t begin to see results until one to two weeks have passed and then your sweating should, hopefully, start to reduce. The effect lasts around 6 months and you will need further injections if you have a long term condition.
For those who suffer from excessive sweating, a treatment like Botox is normally a last resort but has been shown to help reduce hyperhidrosis. If you are considering this as a treatment, then you should make sure you see a qualified practitioner like Adrienne who has experience of dealing with this particular area of the body.