Many people are familiar with the wrinkle-reducing properties of Botox but may not realize that this popular cosmetic treatment has its roots in medical treatment. It is used to treat migraines, and that’s how its effect on fine lines and wrinkles was discovered! Botox injections may also be used to reduce excessive sweating under the arms.
Are you afraid to raise your hand in class or a meeting? Perhaps you’ve tried every over-the-counter and prescription antiperspirant to no avail. If you suffer from hyperhidrosis, or excessive perspiration, you aren’t alone.
According to the International Hyperhidrosis Society, about 5% of the population struggles with this condition, and many have found relief through professionally administered Botox treatment.
If prescription antiperspirants or other methods to help reduce your excessive sweating haven’t helped, consider Botox treatment for hyperhidrosis with ReVive RX Med Spa.
How Can Botox Injections Alleviate Excessive Perspiration?
Botox, or botulinum toxin as it’s known chemically, is an injectable cosmetic treatment and medication. It can be extremely effective, with clients seeing up to an 80% reduction in their underarm sweating when used as a treatment for hyperhidrosis.
It’s a long-lasting therapy, too, with the increased dryness lasting anywhere from three to 12 months. And with regular treatments, underarm rings on your shirts may soon be a thing of the past!
Underarm Botox can decrease your body odor, too. Certain bacteria on your skin thrive in warm, moist environments – and a very sweaty armpit can be an ideal environment for those bacteria to multiply. Reducing the amount that you sweat means eliminating that environment for bacteria.
Keep in mind that Botox injections in your underarms don’t mean that you will never need to use antiperspirant or deodorant afterward. You will still perspire, just not to the degree that you did before treatment. Many of our clients have a significant decrease in their perspiration and enjoy being able to go to a store and buy regular deodorant.
Cosmetic and Non-Cosmetic Uses for Botox
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Botox for hyperhidrosis. Some providers use it for migraines and as a cosmetic facial treatment to reduce wrinkles and lines on the face. Botox treatment can have a positive effect on other areas of the body as well, such as:
- Hands: Removing wrinkles on the tops of the hands
- Feet: Both for cosmetic and hyperhidrosis purposes
- Underneath the Breasts: For women who sweat excessively there
- Head: For migraines and chronic headaches
- Face: Mostly the upper face to reduce mild to moderate wrinkles
Taking advantage of these benefits is mostly painless, too. Many of our clients simply feel a pinching sensation when having their Botox treatment.
How Botox Helps Excessive Perspiration
Botox injections under the arms will temporarily block the production of the hormones that signal your underarms to produce sweat. These hormones are produced from certain responses in your body, such as fear or nervousness, or to help cool the body down in excessive heat.
People with hyperhidrosis may produce higher levels of these sweat-inducing hormones and, therefore, will sweat more.
You can typically achieve the results you want with one visit to our clinic, and treatment is minimally invasive. It usually consists of about 20-25 injections of a very small amount of Botox, strategically placed for optimal sweat reduction.
You may feel mild discomfort or a pinching sensation, although Botox won’t affect your overall underarm sensation. So if you are ticklish, you’ll probably still be ticklish!
It usually takes about three or four days for the results to start being noticeable, although the peak results don’t happen until about two weeks after your Botox treatment. Results will slowly fade over time, but that can be anywhere from three months to a year – everyone is different.
Are There Any Side Effects of Botox?
Some of our clients worry that their bodies won’t be able to regulate their temperature effectively with Botox injections for sweating. However, the underarm area only contains about 2% of your body’s sweat glands, so there are still plenty to help you naturally cool yourself.
And the excess sweating isn’t transferred to other parts of your body, either. You won’t have to worry about sweating more on your palms, feet, face, or elsewhere.
Other possible side effects of your Botox treatments for hyperhidrosis may vary with the individual. We will go over what you can expect during your personalized consultation in our office.
Are You Ready to Start Botox Treatments?
Botox injections are performed by board-certified dermatologists, like the ones at ReVive RX Med Spa in Kansas City, MO. Not only do we treat clients for hyperhidrosis, but we also offer a wide variety of dermal services to help you feel more confident in your appearance and minimize the effects of aging.
We specialize in erasing the results of skin damage from the sun, smoking, or even poor eating habits, leaving you with plumper skin and a clear, glowing complexion.
Our services focus on each individual, looking at your skin and personal goals. We also make sure to complete a thorough evaluation before starting any Botox treatment, such as asking about medical conditions that could be affected or any medications you are taking that may conflict with the Botox.
Our Botox is priced by unit, which we will also address in your consultation. However, many of our clients find that the relief of hyperhidrosis is well worth the expense. You’ll have greater confidence when taking off your jacket or raising your hand, save money on deodorant, and even be able to stop changing shirts multiple times each day.
ReVive RX Med Spa offers professionally administered Botox injections for both cosmetic and hyperhidrosis purposes. Contact us today for more information.