Is Botox for sweating an effective treatment?
When clinical strength antiperspirants do not work well enough, ask your dermatologist if Botox for sweating, or hyperhidrosis, is right for you. While commonly known as a treatment for cosmetic purposes, Botox has been approved by the FDA to treat excessive underarm sweating.
How does Botox treat the sweat glands?
In order to produce sweat, a chemical signal is sent to the nerves that meet your sweat glands, effectively turning them on. Botox works by temporarily blocking the chemical signal so that the treated glands cannot produce sweat.* As your body metabolizes the Botox, your sweating will eventually return to normal. (Usually after several months to a year.)
How do I know if I suffer from hyperhidrosis?
Many Americans have a medical condition named severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis, better known to you as severe underarm sweating. Severe underarm sweating is a medical condition that involves overactive sweat glands. Sweat is your body’s temperature regulator. In severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis, sweating significantly exceeds the body’s normal requirements for cooling.
As you probably know, people with the condition do a lot to cope:
- Change clothes frequently
- Put absorbent materials under clothing
- Avoid certain fabrics and styles of clothes
- Seek medical attention and treatment
While people with severe underarm sweating may choose many different antiperspirants, in some instances those products do not work well enough for their sweating. Clothes can be a real issue, because the wrong choice can reveal your severe underarm sweating condition rather than hide it. Your wardrobe can be very limited and you may have to purchase new clothing frequently.
What can I expect from the results?
It can take up to a week for the Botox to start working properly.* Many people may notice results sooner than that, but it is important to have realistic expectations. There is no downtime with Botox injections, although you should avoid strenuous activity for the first couple of hours. Any bruising or soreness should go away within 1-2 days.
Schedule a consultation in Seacoast, NH or North Shore, MA
The best way to find out if Botox can treat your excessive sweating is to set up a consultation with a dermatologist. If you live in the seacoast region of New Hampshire or the North Shore of Massachusetts, schedule a consultation at Dermatology & Skin Health. We can assess your symptoms and determine the best treatment option for you. To get started, request an appointment online. You can also reach our Dover or Newington locations by calling (603) 742-5556, or our Peabody location by calling (978) 525-0100.