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For years, Botox has been a popular treatment for excessive underarm sweating. It works by temporarily relaxing the sweat glands in your armpits. With fewer active sweat glands, there's less perspiration and odor. In this article, you'll learn what Botox treatment for sweating is, how it works, and its benefits and side effects. 

What is BOTOX Treatment?

Botulinum toxin is a natural protein called neurotoxin, a product of the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botulism is considered food poisoning, but safe when a medical professional uses it appropriately. Botox is a cosmetic treatment that treats various neuromuscular conditions like sweating. It blocks the nerve impulses that cause excessive sweating in several areas of your body, including the armpits, hands, and feet. So if antiperspirants have proved futile, you are the right candidate for Botox treatment.

How Does Botox Work for Sweating?

Young woman with hyperhidrosis problem receiving botulinum toxin injections in armpits for excessive sweating Botox is injected into the sweat glands, which blocks the release of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that activates the sweat glands. It's injected directly into the areas of your body experiencing excessive sweat. As a result, it prevents your overactive nerves from sending messages to your sweat glands, which means they are paralyzed. However, the injections work in the injected part only.

The whole procedure can be completed within a 45-minute session. Administering the injections is a short part of the overall process, typically lasting 10 to 15 minutes. Your practitioner will mark the area to be treated and inject the medication below your skin's surface. The number of injections can be up to 20 but varies with clinics.

Benefits of BOTOX Treatment Excessive Sweating

Excessive sweating can be an embarrassing condition and hard to hide. In addition, the impact on self-confidence can lead to social or professional limitations. Fortunately, Botox treatment is the ideal solution for people who want to reduce their sweating without putting themselves under the knife or using unhealthy medication. Here are some benefits of Botox treatment for excessive sweating:

Botox injections block the nerves that cause excessive sweating.

Sweating is a necessary bodily function, but when too much is produced, it can lead to numerous problems, such as body odor and rashes. Botox injections block nerve impulses, reducing sweating and subsequent skin conditions that come along with it. These injections are an effective treatment option because they prevent your nerves from sending signals to your sweat glands, reducing the perspiration you produce. It's also worth noting that Botox has minimal side effects compared to other medications like antiperspirants or anticholinergic.

Non-invasive and fast treatment

In addition to being safe and effective, Botox is also non-invasive. That means no surgery, anesthesia, or recovery time is associated with the treatment. A trained dermatologist only takes about 45 minutes to administer Botox injections in your armpits. The procedure is so fast that most patients can return to work immediately after their appointment. The results are also as fast, usually visible in two to seven days. Since it doesn't involve surgery or applying substances, Botox treatment reduces the appearance of scars caused by chemical peels or laser resurfacing treatments. 

The effects of Botox can last for a long time.

Note that the effects are temporary. In most cases, you need an underarm booster injection after every seven to sixteen months. This doesn't apply to the feet and palms; you may need the booster after six months.

Boosts Self-Confidence

With Botox, you can save yourself from drenched clothes, foul odor, and sweaty palms when engaging in public. Your overactive nerves no longer send signals, killing those embarrassing extra beads of sweat when with family and friends.

Risks with Botox Treatment

Before the benefits overexcite you, there are side effects worth noting. According to NCBI research studies, most patients have tolerated the treatment well. However, there are limited studies on other body parts. Some of the side effects include:
  • Headache
  • Bleeding
  • Flu symptoms
  • Bruises or pain on the injected parts
  • Skin irritation
There are rare cases of extreme side effects. These are symptoms that affect the entire body and may include:
  • Lack of bladder control
  • Poor eyesight
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Muscle weakness
These side effects may be visible hours after the injection or weeks later.

Get Relieved From Excessive Sweating with BOTOX Treatment 

The experienced professionals at the Spa & Laser Center in Norfolk & Virginia Beach are skilled at injecting BOTOX® for medical and cosmetic procedures. Our specialists will discuss your goals and expectations so they can create a customized treatment plan just for you. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.
Doctor makes intramuscular injections of botulinum toxin in the underarm for excess sweating.