Reduce Underarm Sweating With BotoxEveryone sweats—it’s just a fact of life. For millions of people in the United States, however, sweating isn’t just a fact of life...it’s a hardship. Hyperhidrosis is a condition that affects a small but sizable portion of our population, and for many, the associated symptoms like excessive sweating can be quite embarrassing. Hyperhidrosis overstimulates the nerves in a person’s sweat glands, leading to a messy situation that most would rather hide.
That’s where Botox comes into play. While most know Botox® as an option for erasing wrinkles and plumping the skin, this non-invasive cosmetic treatment has proven effective in temporarily alleviating severe cases of Hyperhidrosis.
What Is Botox?For roughly two decades, Botox has been used to treat common concerns with a patient’s skin and facial muscles, such as wrinkles, headaches, and ocular problems.
Botox® injections are actually derived from Clostridium botulinum, a toxin that’s been filtered, purified, and approved for human use. The purified form of this toxin is injected, relaxing nerves and effectively paralyzing muscles to prevent stimulation.
Because HyperhHyperhidrosisydrosis is the overstimulation of nerves located within sweat glands, Botox is a widely accepted and effective method of blocking signals sent from nerves to muscles and alleviating excessive sweating.
What Is Hyperhydrosis?Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for abnormally excessive sweating. So to say, this isn’t your regular case of breaking a sweat at the gym. Hyperhidrosis isn’t induced by heat or exercise, and its effects can be as embarrassing as they are disruptive to someone’s day. While there are prescription-strength medications and antiperspirants available, few treatments are as effective as Botox injections.
What Does Treatment Involve?Before getting Botox injections, it’s important to know what all goes into the procedure.
While effective, the procedure itself may not be pleasant. Because Botox is an injectable solution, the procedure involves several small injections into each affected area. If your Hyperhydrosis presents most in the armpits, you’ll receive a handful of Botox injections in each armpit.
Of course, results from treatment aren’t permanent, meaning you’ll likely have to return for additional treatment once or twice per year.
Temporary muscle weakness and numbness are common but should dissipate soon after treatment. Luckily, because Botox is a non-invasive procedure, most patients are able to resume normal activity immediately afterward.
Will It Last?To help your Botox procedure go smoothly, we recommend avoiding alcohol, aspirin, and other anti-inflammatory medications one to two weeks ahead of time. Patients typically see results one to two weeks following treatment, and the length of those effects varies from person to person depending on the severity of their Hyperhydrosis.
Some individuals may see their symptoms stay at bay for just three months, while others may benefit from effects that last upwards of a year.
How Much Is It?The cost will also vary from practice to practice, but most estimates for Botox-related Hyperhidrosis treatment fall around $1,000.
Because Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition, some insurance companies may be willing to cover Botox injections, which are typically considered a purely cosmetic treatment option.
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