Sweating is an essential body function that helps your body regulate its temperature. Unfortunately, some people struggle with excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), leading to embarrassing and uncomfortable problems in everyday life. You may avoid wearing specific clothing that reveals sweat stains or decline invitations to participate in activities that would further worsen your overactive sweating. Hyperhidrosis can affect your quality of life, but treatments are available so you don’t have to sweat the little things.
While clinical-strength antiperspirants such as Drysol and Certain Dri are available through your family doctor or a dermatologist, they don’t work for everyone who struggles to control excessive sweating. Iontophoresis is a procedure that uses water and electrical currents to stop the sweat glands from producing sweat, typically on the hands and feet. However, Botox treatments seem to offer a good solution to hyperhidrosis.
Botox for Excessive Sweating in the Underarms and Other Areas
Botox is commonly used to treat hyperhidrosis. This neuromodulator injectable is made with botulinum toxin and is well-known for its anti-wrinkle abilities for crow’s feet, frown lines and forehead lines. When used for excessive sweating, small amounts of Botox are injected into the sweaty area to block the nerves from sending signals that cause you to sweat and stop overproduction from the glands. The neuromodulator boasts excellent results with a significant decrease in sweat within a few days and can last up to 12 months. You will need maintenance treatments as the effects of Botox wear off over time, typically every six months or so.
Botox is often used for excessive sweating in the armpits, hands and feet, but it may also treat the face, scalp and under the breasts. You will still need deodorant or antiperspirant because some sweat remains and may trigger body odor with the bacteria in the underarm area. If you struggle with body odor and hyperhidrosis, treating the overproduction of sweat will likely also reduce your “BO.”
Is Botox for Excessive Sweating Right for You?
Botox is often successful for people with hyperhidrosis in just one area. However, pregnant or breastfeeding women or someone with a neuromuscular disorder should not have Botox. Sometimes a severe or rare condition is the culprit behind the excess sweat and should be ruled out. If you’ve tried prescription antiperspirants or other treatments and have been unsuccessful, Botox injections may help you control your excessive sweating so you can enjoy everyday activities without sweaty palms or pit stains.
Choose a skilled medical professional such as Dr. Arie Benchetrit in Montreal to ensure safe, effective results. Botox for sweating is completed in one visit and involves a series of injections in the sweaty area. Some of our Quebec patients don’t feel the thin, tiny needles, but the hands and feet contain more nerve endings and are more sensitive to the injections. Your results will settle in after a few days, with the total effects around two weeks after your Botox treatment.