If you think Botox is only good for smoothing wrinkles and erasing lines, it’s time to think again. Though Botox got its start as a cosmetic treatment, it’s now well known as a treatment for many other conditions, such as migraines, muscle spasms, and hyperhidrosis, also known as excessive sweating. Many people are turning to Botox to control underarm sweating, even celebrities.
Chrissy Teigen, who tends to be open about her personal life, recently called it the best move she ever made, posting on social media, “I can wear silk again without soaking. Woohoo!” She’s not alone in her delight over the effectiveness of this treatment. People who have previously been in a state of perpetual anxiety about their sweating are now finding relief and regaining their confidence.
What, exactly is Botox? A neurotoxin made from the microbes that cause botulism, Botox is a very safe treatment when used by a medical professional. For many years, doctors have been using it to smooth facial wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles, and now it’s been proven to be effective for underarm sweating as well.
So how does it work? Injections of Botox under the arm can block the nerves that turn on your sweat glands and keep them from activating. To perform this procedure, a doctor numbs the area to be treated, then uses a tiny needle to deliver 20 injections of Botox into each armpit. This treatment only works on the area into which it’s been injected, and it lasts for anywhere from three to six months. As soon as the doctor is finished administering the Botox, the patient can go back to work and normal life.
How do you know if you’re suffering from hyperhidrosis and are a good candidate for Botox? People with hyperhidrosis have overactive sweat glands that cause them to sweat excessively, sometimes even when it’s not hot. They might soak through their clothing or drip sweat, and regular antiperspirants don’t work for them. If you’ve tried everything, including prescription antiperspirants, and still can’t seem to get your sweating to improve, it may be time to talk to your doctor about trying Botox.
If you’re interested in learning more about Botox for excessive underarm sweating, contact Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. With over 30 years of experience in Salt Lake City, our practice can handle both medical and cosmetic problems with skill and discretion. Our friendly staff will help you feel at ease, and our board-certified dermatologists will assist you in getting effective treatment. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 801-266-8841 or contact us through our website.