Have you ever wondered if you sweat more than the average person? If you find yourself dripping in sweat even when you aren’t exercising or if you find that even the strongest clinical strength antiperspirants don’t work for you, there’s a good chance that you suffer from a medical condition called “hyperhidrosis”.
Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for adults who sweat heavily for no reason. People who sweat heavily at all times are more likely to be withdrawn, avoid physical contact and are more likely to look for jobs that don’t require human interaction.
The good news is that with Botox® injections, people who suffer from hyperhidrosis can see up to an 87% reduction in their sweating.
How does Botox® stop heavy sweating?
Botox® is a drug made from a neurotoxin and is used for many medical purposes. In the case of heavy sweating, Botox® works by blocking the nerve signals that stimulate your sweat glands.
Now you’re probably asking yourself- “but isn’t Botox® used only for cosmetic purposes?”
Good question. Yes, Botox® is used for a lot of cosmetic purposes but it can also be used to treat various medical conditions. Because Botox® blocks nerve signals, it can prevent many malfunctions within the human body.
Your nerves are basically the “middle men” between your brain and all the parts of your body. Without nerves, your brain couldn’t send messages to muscles, organs, glands, etc. And without messages from the brain (which are relayed by the nerves), your body parts would never activate.
So, in the case of hyperhidrosis, your brain is constantly sending messages to your sweat glands to produce sweat. But when Botox® is injected into the area, this blocks the messages from activating the glands and stops all sweating in the area.
So while it’s unclear what causes the brain to constantly send these “keep sweating” messages, it’s clear that Botox® works very well to stop the messages and prevent over sweating.
Do Botox® injections hurt?
No, Botox® injections in the armpit are generally painless.
The drug is injected with very small needles so the only sensation you feel is a small pinch. In fact, the “pinch” is so small that it’s often compared to a mosquito bite.
How long does Botox® for sweating last?
Botox® can stop sweating in the underarms for 4 to 12 months. Some patients have reported cessation of sweating for up to 14 months.
How long does Botox® treatment for hyperhidrosis take to work?
Patients tell us that they start noticing a severe decrease of sweating just 2 days after the injections. Most people notice full effects in about 2 weeks, though.
Is there any downtime?
Absolutely not. Patients who receive Botox® injections in the armpit area can expect to resume their daily schedule immediately.
We do, however, advise against over-exercising or sauna activities on the day of injections. We also ask patients not to shave in the area for 3-4 days prior to the procedure.
Want to learn more? Ask your naturopathic doctor in Phoenix
If you’re interested in getting Botox® for hyperhidrosis, make sure you find a qualified doctor. If the drug is administered incorrectly by an unqualified person, it can cause many unfavorable side effects.
Dr. Melanie Icard at Anti-Aging Clinic in Phoenix is highly qualified to administer Botox® for over sweating. She’s a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and helps patients find the most natural, effective treatments.
Contact us today to learn more about our services or stop by for a free 15-minute consultation!