Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is when the body goes beyond just producing sweat to regulate our body temperature and continues to do so even when you’ve cooled down. It can be something you’re naturally prone to, a side-effect of medication, or a symptom of another condition. Whatever the reason, Botox is a highly effective way to treat excessive sweating.

What can be done about excessive sweating?

Of course, antiperspirants and deodorants can help to stifle the sweat. But when a spritz or swipe of product isn’t enough, Botox is a logical next step. Topically, stronger prescriptive deodorants can help, but other than stuffing some bulky ‘sweat shields’ in to absorb the excess (yes, those are actually a thing) there’s not much that can be done to combat it. This is where Botox comes in.

How does armpit Botox work?

Armpit botox (or that into your feet, back or other places you might be suffering from severe clamminess) works by blocking the nerves that activate the sweat glands. Those overactive glands get paralyzed by the Botulinum toxin, switching them off in that specific area. The sweat, therefore, doesn’t get produced.

Being a sensitive part of the body, we recommend patients opt for numbing cream under the arms before the procedure begins. Then, Botox is injected by 10-15 little pricks of needles under each armpit (like the regular, muscle-freezing, wrinkle-smoothing Botox we know so well, it’s injected expertly in small quantities across various points, rather than in one big syringe).

A quick job, it’s done with half an hour normally, takes about 10 days to fully kick in, and the results could last for up to 12 months.

How effective is Botox for excessive sweating?

Botox is extremely effective in reducing excessive sweating in the armpits and other parts of the body. Treatment typically doesn’t remove 100% of sweat but instead reduces it so that the remaining 10 to 20 percent remaining is light enough to be undetectable. Most patients will wear light-colored clothing again and enjoy everyday activities without any attention to their persistent sweating.

Although Botox does block the transmission of most of the sweat-inducing chemicals covered above, you will retain full use and function of your arm, hands, or feet after getting Botox for excessive sweating, and no change will be required in your underarm care after the procedure.

To learn more about Botox for excessive sweating, contact Neurostrive at 772-444-8482 in Stuart, FL to schedule a consultation.