If you struggle with excessive perspiration, you aren’t alone. Around 356 million people sweat too much, according to the International Hyperhidrosis Society! If you’re part of the 5% of the world’s population who have serious sweat, you’ve probably tried antiperspirants, medication, or even special pads — but have you considered Botox for sweating?
For those who have tried without success to find a solution to excessive sweating, then Botox could be life-changing.
Sweating at the gym, while under stress, or during a muggy Seattle, WA, summer is normal. But when excessive sweating is affecting your life, such as soaking your shirt during a big job interview or making your hot yoga mat slippery during Warrior One, then It’s time to take your hyperhidrosis treatment seriously.
If prescription antiperspirants haven’t helped, then it may be time to consider regular Botox injections to reduce underarm sweating. At SkinMD Seattle, we can give you a personalized assessment of your condition and tell you how Botox injections can help.
How Effective Is Botox for Sweating?
Botox is a brand name for botulinum toxin. It is an injectable medication and cosmetic treatment that is best known for helping to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines on the face. But it’s also used for certain health conditions, such as migraines and hyperhidrosis.
With Botox for sweating, some of our clients may see a reduction in sweating by up to 80%. The dryness from your Botox injections can last anywhere from 3 to 12 months. With repeated treatments, you may see longer-lasting results.
You might find that your body odor decreases as your hyperhidrosis treatments continue. The funky armpit smell comes from bacteria that multiply in warm, moist places (like sweating underarms). When you reduce or eliminate excessive perspiration, then you destroy the environment that these bacteria thrive in.
But simply getting regular Botox injections doesn’t mean that you can just skip deodorant during your grooming routine. Medical Botox for sweating reduces the amount you perspire, but it doesn’t eliminate sweat entirely.
Our clients generally still wear deodorant or antiperspirant after Botox treatment. However, many of them are able to switch to using over-the-counter products instead of prescription antiperspirants.
More About Botox — Uses and Areas of Treatment
Botox has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating excessive underarm sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis. The FDA has also approved it to treat muscle spasms, chronic migraines, and of course, facial wrinkles and creases.
While underarm Botox injections are quite common, Botox is sometimes used in other areas that experience excessive sweating, such as the following:
- Under the breasts
However, some patients may find Botox for hyperhidrosis uncomfortable when administered to areas besides the underarms. If you have any questions or concerns about where you can receive Botox injections for sweating, ask us during your consultation.
If you’re also interested in Botox to combat the signs of aging, let us know when you schedule your appointment. We’re happy to discuss how Botox and other skin care treatments can rejuvenate your appearance.
How Botox for Reducing Excessive Sweating Works
For people with hyperhidrosis, the body may produce a higher level of hormones which may make them sweat more. Botox injections temporarily block the chemicals that signal the glands in your underarms to produce sweat.
Most of our clients typically need just one office visit for Botox injections. This visit might involve about 20 to 25 injections of Botox under each arm. Each is just a small amount administered with a very fine, delicate needle.
You will likely feel the needles, but Botox doesn’t affect the overall sensation in your underarm area (yes, you may still be ticklish!). We can offer ice or a local anesthetic to help numb the area and maximize your comfort.
Your Botox for sweating injections typically takes about three to four days to start becoming effective, with the peak effects happening about two weeks after the initial treatment. Results slowly fade with time.
Potential Side Effects of Botox
Some people may be concerned that using Botox may make it harder for your body to naturally regulate its temperature. Don’t worry — your body has many sweat glands, and only 2% of them are found in your underarms. Reducing sweat production there should not make it harder for you to cool down after exertion or on a hot day.
And you don’t have to worry about increased sweating in other body parts. Your body won’t “transfer” underarm sweat to other places.
Starting Your Botox Treatment
At SkinMD Seattle, we perform Botox injections and many other aesthetic and dermatological procedures. We treat clients not only for cosmetic concerns but also for medical needs like underarm sweat.
Some people may be on medications that shouldn’t be mixed with Botox. We’ll complete a thorough medical history during your consultation, including asking about medical conditions that aren’t compatible with Botox treatments, like myasthenia.
We price Botox treatments by unit, and we will go through costs with you and look into any insurance coverage that might apply during your personal consultation.
Many people find that the benefits of using Botox for excessive underarm sweat far outweigh the cost, including feeling fresher and saving money on replacing shirts! After treatment, you can raise your hand without fear and no longer need to change your shirt multiple times each day.
Are you ready to get started with Botox injections for underarm sweating? We can help! Contact us today to schedule a personal consultation. We’ll evaluate your needs and tell you what kind of results you can expect from Botox treatment.