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 is used for a whole range of other reasons too, including excessive sweating (medically known as hyperhidrosis)? 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 has been FDA-approved for treating excessive underarm sweating, as well as for sweating on hands, feet and even the face.
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, how does Botox for sweating 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 exactly is Botox?
Often the name Botox is used even when it is not the substance being injected. It is actually one of several brands of botulinum toxin used in medical and cosmetic treatments. Other brands of botulinum toxin include Dysport, Bocouture and Xeomin.
Botulinum toxin is carefully administered by practitioners in tiny doses; in larger doses it is potentially lethal. Therefore, 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 Botox for excessive sweating include sweating in other areas of the body, swelling, or pain in the targeted area, or headaches.
Less common side effects include muscle pain, nausea, weakness and itching.
What can or can’t I do after my Botox treatment?
In the vast majority of cases, you are free to go about your normal day after a Botox 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 botulinum toxin also helps reduce excessive sweating, rebuilding confidence in those suffering with hyperhidrosis.
Want to know more about Botox? Check out our handy treatment guide.
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