Sweating is an important, natural bodily function to control body temperature. However, excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis) is an embarrassing condition that affects a surprisingly large number of people. Heavy perspiration in the armpit area can be unsightly, uncomfortable, inhibit confidence and restrict ones choice of what to wear.
The good news is that this condition is quickly and effectively treated using BOTOX® in the underarm area. A series of injections into both armpits will take less than half an hour and will stop excessive sweating for about 6 months. With repeated treatments, the results may even last longer.
This treatment is suitable for you if:
- Underarm sweating is causing embarrassment
- You don’t want to worry about staining clothes
- You suffer with excessive forehead sweating
- You work under hot lights or make regular presentations
Q. What causes underarm sweating?
A. Excessive armpit sweating is called axillary hyperhidrosis. Some people are regularly troubled whilst others are only bothered when under stress, physically active or over-heated. The nerves that control sweating depend upon a chemical transmitter, which is produced at the end of the nerve fibres. BOTOX® is a neurotoxin which can block the release of the chemical transmitter for many months.
Q. How is treatment carried out?
A. A harmless starch test to locate the sweat glands is carried out first. Afterwards, a very small needle is used to inject a small amount of BOTOX® into the skin. This is repeated in about 12 to 15 places on each underarm. You should avoid strenuous exercise for a few hours after treatment but can resume all other daily activities.
Q. What results can I expect?
A. You should notice a decrease in the amount of underarm sweating within 48 hours. Studies have shown a 95% reduction. Full benefits are obtained one week after treatment.
Q. Are there any risks or side effects?
A. There is a possibility of small bruises, which last only a few days. Occasionally, a second treatment may be required to reduce persistent areas of sweating.