Safely “Turn-Off” Sweat Glands in the Underarms
According to the International Hyperhidrosis Society, “Botox® is a natural, purified protein with the ability to temporarily block the secretion of the chemical that is responsible for ‘turning on’ the body’s sweat glands. By blocking, or interrupting, this chemical messenger, botulinum toxin ‘turns off’ sweating at the area where it has been injected.”
Sweating is an essential body function for temperature-regulation, but contrary to what you might expect, the underarms only produce a very small percentage of sweat compared to the rest of the body.
Therefore, treatment of this area has no effect on the body’s natural ability to thermoregulate itself. How much sweat is normal, and what is considered “excessive”?
For people suffering from Axillary Hyperhidrosis, sweat is more than a nuisance, it is a life altering problem. When the sweat glands are overactive it is as if they are always stuck in an “on” position. You may find yourself changing your shirt several times a day or using pads under your arms to soak up sweat.
Most people find relief from underarm wetness by using an antiperspirant and this should be the first plan of action before considering Botox®. There are different strengths of antiperspirants including clinical and prescription strength. If you have explored this route with no relief, then Botox® injections may be the next best option for you.
More About How Botox is Used for Hyperhidrosis
Botox® is not a one time fix or cure for excessive sweating, to maintain the results is is necessary to continue getting the injections at regular intervals. Botox® is injected into tissues of the armpit and results may vary according to the severity of the condition, but typically treatment produces approximately six months of relief from sweating between treatments.
If you find dealing with Axillary Hyperhidrosis is interfering with your quality of life, causing you to avoid social situations where you may have physical contact with others, it’s time to intervene and start living the way you were meant to.
Check your local directory for professionals offering Botox® for Hyperhidrosis in your area or contact us at WIFH and ask to schedule a consultation to find out if this treatment is right for you, or if you’re a good candidate for a longer lasting alternative.