Metropolitan Skin Clinic Specialists Have Expertise in Botox Injections for Sweating
When treating excessive sweating, it’s important that you seek a team with experience. Our licensed certified instructor in cosmetology, Suzanne St. James, has helped countless people who experience excessive sweating overcome this hurdle and find newfound confidence. Botox injections work to control sweating by targeting sweat glands and blocking nerve signals that trigger them. This treatment is especially beneficial for treating excessive perspiration coming from the underarm area. This treatment procedure can also be used to target sweating on the hands and feet.
We are experienced medical professionals and our team has treated countless patients who sweat excessively with success. Ditch the prescription antiperspirants and see how you can treat severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis with Botox.
What Is Hyperhidrosis?
Millions of Americans suffer from hyperhidrosis, a common skin condition that’s characterized by excessive sweating, or more so than what’s required for normal body temperature regulation. This medical condition impacts areas of the body that have the highest concentration of sweat glands such as the underarms, palms of the hands, and soles of the feet. Primary hyperhidrosis is characterized by sweating in more than one focal area while secondary hyperhidrosis refers to sweating all over the body. While some people opt for solutions such as prescription deodorant or other over-the-counter treatments, others receive Botox injections from a medical professional to help minimize the overactive nerves.
What Causes Excessive Sweating?
Is hyperhidrosis hereditary? You might be wondering about excessive underarm sweating causes. As we mentioned, there are two types of hyperhidrosis, primary and secondary that each impact different body parts. Although ongoing research is being conducted, here are some potential causes of primary hyperhidrosis:
- Genetics as it can be a hereditary disorder
- Faulty nerve signals that trigger eccrine sweat glands
Secondary hyperhidrosis, on the other hand, might be caused by:
- Underlying medical conditions
- Certain medications
- Malignant tumors
- Neurological disorders
- Endocrine disorders
Botox Treatment for Underarm Sweating
Beyond prescription medications, there are other treatments to minimize your underarm sweating. Underarm Botox is FDA-approved and works by using a fine needle to target the nerves in the injection site. Following a visit to your healthcare provider for these injections, patients report a decrease in sweating in the underarms anywhere from 82-87 percent. Even though most patients associate Botox injections with facial wrinkles, they can also be used to target underarm sweating. It inhibits the nerve impulses responsible for sweating and helps to prevent the glands from producing too much perspiration. The nervous system will automatically regenerate these nerves 4-6 months after the procedure, and at this point, many return for a follow-up appointment.
If you find that axillary hyperhidrosis is an underlying frustration in your daily activities and you’re looking to treat the underlying cause without serious side effects, you are likely a good candidate for Botox injections for sweating.
How Does the Botox Hyperhidrosis Treatment Work?
Botox treatment for excessive sweating works by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. This can be completed in a relatively fast office visit and the injections themselves only go skin deep. To keep pain to a minimum, it’s often recommended to opt for a topical numbing cream that’s placed on the site beforehand. The palms or the soles of the feet have thicker skin that can be more difficult to numb, so some patients experience a bit more discomfort in these areas. Patients are able to return home immediately or resume their normal activities without pause.
|Procedure at a Glance
|Duration of results: 6-12 months
|Treatment recovery: No downtime
|Risks or complications: Low
|Return to work: Same day
|Anesthetic: None (but depends on treatment area)
|Procedure duration: 30 minutes
|Medically qualified: Certified physician
Benefits of Botox for Underarm Sweating
Here are some benefits of Botox to prevent sweating:
- Often more effective than other over-the-counter solutions
- Restored confidence as you aren’t constantly “pitted out”
- The ability to wear colors other than black or white
- Fewer clothing articles ruined
- Saved time and expense of dry cleaning or constant laundry
- Significantly reduces underarm odor
- Generally safe and minimal pain experienced
- Less invasive than a surgical treatment
What Are the Possible Side Effects of Botox for Armpit Sweat?
Hyperhidrosis treatments such as Botox come with a few minimal risks that you’ll want to keep in mind:
- Redness and bruising from the needle puncture themselves (these typically subside 1-2 days after the treatment)
- Doesn’t totally interfere with the body’s ability to cool itself as the underarms only have a small percentage of the body’s sweat glands
- Sweating in sites other than the armpits
- Headaches or hot flashes
Underarm Botox Cost
Botox for underarm sweating costs depends on how many units you’ll need. However, the average cost is typically around $1,000 to treat both underarms. You can expect this total to vary depending on how large the treatment area is and how often you choose to get treated. In some cases, insurance might cover this procedure as it is often seen as a medical condition. You can consider reaching out to your provider for additional information on coverage. Regardless of insurance, rest assured that our team will provide you with a personalized quote beforehand so you have a better idea of what to expect in terms of price.
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