Botox for Hyperhidrosis and Underarm Sweating
Hyperhidrosis refers to excessive sweating. It occurs when an individual sweats more than necessary. In this instance, a person’s clothing can become extremely damp or wet due to sweat. An individual coping with hyperhidrosis can also experience social anxiety or embarrassment due to their inability to control their severe seating.
If left unaddressed, hyperhidrosis can interfere with a person’s ability to work, go to school, and perform everyday activities. It can even lead people to become self-conscious about their appearance, to the point where they avoid family members and friends and avoid social events.
Hyperhidrosis can cause major problems, but treatment options are available. In fact, Botox can provide a viable treatment to manage excessive sweating.
What Is Botox for Hyperhidrosis?
To understand the safety and efficacy of Botox for hyperhidrosis, let’s first consider why people sweat.
Sweating can be embarrassing, but it is important to note that sweating is part of a natural process that affects everyone.
The body contains two sweat glands: eccrine and apocrine. There are thousands of eccrine sweat glands that regulate the body’s temperature, and they ensure the nervous system functions properly when the body’s temperature rises. As a result, an individual can start to sweat while exercising or performing other strenuous activity, and this sweat will come from the eccrine glands.
Comparatively, the apocrine glands are located in the underarm and groin areas. Like the eccrine glands, the apocrine glands are stimulated by a rise in the body’s temperature. Moreover, the apocrine glands can trigger sweat due to anxiety, stress, or hormones.
The apocrine glands also create bacteria that break down sweat but cause body odor. This is why people commonly apply deodorant under the arms and not across the entire body.
Sweat can seem unnecessary. But, it offers many health benefits, including:
- It helps boost endorphins. Medical Daily points out prolonged sweating releases endorphins that can help an individual feel good during physical activity.
- It detoxifies the body. Sweating allows a person to flush alcohol, salt, and other foreign substances from the body.
- It reduces the risk of kidney stones. Sweating has been shown to help an individual retain calcium in the bones and eliminate salt in the kidneys and urine, reducing the likelihood of kidney stones.
- It minimizes the risk of colds and other illnesses. Sweat boasts antimicrobial peptides that protect the body against harmful bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
- It helps eliminate zits. Sweat helps release toxins inside pores.
Clearly, there’s a lot to like about sweat. But for those who experience excess sweating, extra help may be needed to keep this problem in check.
A Saint Louis University study indicated approximately 2.8 percent of the U.S. population suffers from excessive sweating. Meanwhile, other research indicates Botox can be used to improve the quality of life in patients coping with hyperhidrosis and underarm sweating.
Botox is frequently used as a non-surgical and non-invasive cosmetic treatment to correct fine lines and wrinkles in the face. The treatment can temporarily address these issues, with results that last up to four months.
Thanks to Botox in underarm injections, hyperhidrosis patients can temporarily block nerve signals responsible for sweating. Non-surgical Botox keeps sweat glands from producing too much sweat at once. The result: Botox for sweating can be effective for patients struggling to treat hyperhidrosis.
Does Botox for Sweating Work?
Two multicenter clinical trials of more than 600 adults highlight the effectiveness of Botox for sweating. In the trials, researchers found that 91% of adults coping with hyperhidrosis reduced their sweating by 50% following Botox injections.
Botox in armpits injections can be used to alleviate excessive sweating, but there are risks associated with treatment. These risks include:
- Injection site pain
For patients coping with hyperhidrosis, Botox can be beneficial. By meeting with a Botox expert like Dr. Babak Azizzadeh of the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery, a hyperhidrosis patient can find out if he or she is a good candidate for this treatment.
How Does Dr. Azizzadeh Administer Botox for Sweating Treatments?
Dr. Azizzadeh requests a patient consultation before he performs Botox or any other non-surgical or surgical treatment. He uses the consultation to learn about a patient. The consultation also allows Dr. Azizzadeh to review his patient’s medical history.
If Dr. Azizzadeh finds a patient can benefit from Botox for sweating, he creates a custom treatment plan for him or her. Dr. Azizzadeh determines how much Botox to use and how frequently the injections should be performed.
Dr. Azizzadeh also explains the ins and outs of a Botox treatment during a patient consultation. At this time, a patient can ask questions and receive information about what to expect during and after treatment.
Schedule a Botox in Underarm Treatment Consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh
Botox can provide a safe, reliable treatment for hyperhidrosis and underarm sweating. It is proven to perform and can help individuals limit excess sweating for an extended period of time.
Dr. Azizzadeh encourages hyperhidrosis patients to reach out to learn more about Botox injections. He offers in-person consultations in Beverly Hills or virtual consultations via Zoom. For more information or to request a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, contact us online or call us today at 310-683-4085.