What is Excessive Underarm Sweating?
Excessive underarm sweating can be embarrassing. It can leave you uncomfortable, damage your clothing, and even cause anxiety. Excessive sweating occurs even when you aren’t in a situation that usually causes sweat, such as being hot or while exercising. It can cause you to sweat up to four times more than the average person.
It’s estimated a million people in the United States experience excessive underarm sweating. It may not get better with prescription antiperspirants or creams. That’s when it is time to try BOTOX®.
How Does BOTOX® Stop Sweating?
BOTOX® blocks nerve signals in the underarms that cause your sweat glands to start producing sweat. Without these signals, you won’t produce as much sweat as before.
In long-term studies, regular BOTOX® injections safely reduced underarm sweat for two years or longer. Participants reported a 75 percent reduction in sweat in less than 4 weeks. They also reported a huge improvement in the quality of life. Since the FDA approved BOTOX® for hyperhidrosis in 2004, thousands of people have received the treatment and found relief.
What are BOTOX® Injections Like?
To prepare for your appointment, you may need to stop shaving your underarms for two or three days beforehand. You may also need to stop taking blood thinners.
When you get BOTOX® for underarm sweating, you will receive multiple small injections in a gridlike pattern on your underarm. The needle is very small and fine, but you may still feel some minor discomfort. You can ask for some ice or numbing cream before your injections to ease discomfort.
The appointment will likely take around 30-45 minutes. Because hyperhidrosis is a medical condition, your insurance company may cover BOTOX® treatments, especially if other treatments have not worked.
You should begin to see results and less sweating within a couple of weeks as nerve signals are blocked. By maintaining regular appointments, you can continue to reduce your underarm sweating. While BOTOX® is not a cure for hyperhidrosis, it can keep your symptoms in check so you enjoy an improved quality of life.
At the Spa and Laser Center in Virginia Beach, we can help you feel more confident by reducing your underarm sweat. Contact us today at 757-965-7444 or online to schedule your consultation.