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Want to Stop Excessive Sweating? Try Botox

While many of us dream of summer, lots dread it too. That's because, for some, profuse sweating is a problem that means countless changes of clothes and plenty of embarassment. Especially in hot weather. But if you want to stop excessive sweating, there's a treatment that you may just want to try out. Botox. Yup. It's not just for wrinkles, you know.

What causes excessive sweating?

While sweating is a completely normal bodily function when we heat up, e.g. on a hot day or during strenuous exercise, for some people it seems to happen for no apparent reason, which can often lead to them feeling embarrassed or frustrated.

So, why do some suffer with excessive sweating (known medically as hyperhidrosis)? For some people, it's due to another health condition, for some, it's because of a medication they're taking, while, for others, it's hereditary.

Excess sweating can make social situations difficult, and can be, generally, pretty distressing. Thankfully, though, there are ways to stop excessive sweating - or at least minimise it, and one way to do so is Botox. Let's take a look at how.

Botox for sweating explained

We’ve all heard of Botox - mostly about its ability to minimise lines and wrinkles, making the skin appear rejuvenated - but did you know that it's used for a whole range of other reasons too, including excessive sweating? Yep, Botox for sweating is an effective treatment. But how does it work, and how long does it last? Let’s take a look…

Botulinum toxin - often referred to simply as Botox - has been around for decades but, more recently, it's been FDA-approved for treating excessive underarm sweating (armpit sweat), as well as for excessive sweating on hands and feet - and even the face.

It's become a hugely popular and revolutionary treatment for profuse sweating in recent years - one that even the celebs love. One advocate of the treatment is model Chrissy Teigen, who first tried it a couple of years ago and was so chuffed with it she decided to share it with the world, saying, "Truly the best move I have ever made.”

And does armpit Botox hurt? Not according to Chrissy, who said, “That really isn’t anything!”

Book a consultation with a practitioner on Glowday who can literally stop you sweating, just from a bit of Botox. Cool huh!

So, how does underarm Botox work?

Well, Botox is injected into the target area - e.g. the armpit - just under the skin, and this temporarily paralyses the nerves that are responsible for overactive sweating, resulting in dryer underarms. It’s important to note that Botox will only have an effect on the area that is injected, and will not stop excessive sweating in any other part of the body.

The effects of Botox for sweating should last roughly 6 months. The treatment will then need to be repeated to achieve the same result.

But what is Botox?

Often, the name Botox is used even when it is not the substance being injected. It's actually one of several brands of botulinum toxin used in medical and cosmetic treatments. But, essentially, botulinum toxin is a neurotoxin that has many medical uses.

Botulinum toxin is carefully administered by practitioners in tiny doses; in larger doses it is potentially lethal. So, as with any type of non-invasive treatment, it’s essential to choose a qualified practitioner.

Are there any side effects to underarm Botox?

Side effects of armpit Botox include sweating in other areas of the body, swelling, or pain in the targeted area, or headaches.

Less common side effects of Botox for hyperhidrosis include muscle pain, nausea, weakness and itching.

What can or can’t I do after my underarm Botox treatment?

In the vast majority of cases, you are free to go about your normal day after a Botox for sweating treatment. However, it is recommended that you avoid exercise for 24 hours afterwards.

So, there you have it - not only is it great at minimising the appearance of wrinkles, but Botox also helps reduce excessive sweating, rebuilding confidence in those suffering with hyperhidrosis.

Looking to stop excessive sweating? Head over to Glowday's search tool and find a Botox practitioner in your area now.

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