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Does Botox Really Work for Underarm Sweating?

We all sweat, and it’s a natural and necessary way for our bodies to regulate temperature.

However, some individuals experience excessive perspiration in their underarms and suffer from a condition known as hyperhidrosis.

Underarm sweat affects these patients on a daily basis, and over the years, many develop ways to conceal it. Some tricks include wearing dark colors, carrying tissues or paper towels to absorb sweat, and buying clothing with larger arm holes.

Fortunately, men and women with hyperhidrosis can eliminate, rather than simply manage, their excessive underarm sweating with Botox.

Botox Can Treat Underarm Sweating and Other Medical Conditions

While most patients know Botox as a cosmetic injectable that smooths wrinkles, many are less familiar with its other uses.

In fact, Botox has been FDA-approved to treat a number of medical issues including excessive underarm sweating.

How Does Botox Stop Underarm Sweating?

Botox can effectively and safely stop underarm sweating by blocking secretion of the chemical that activates sweat glands.

While it will reduce perspiration, patients may still need to use deodorant to combat odor.

What to Expect From the Procedure

Prior to the injections, a starch iodine test may be performed to identify areas to target. Next, a topical anesthetic is applied to numb the skin.

Once the cream has taken effect, the injections will begin as a series of many small needle pricks. When treating the underarms, Botox needs to be injected deeper into the muscle and requires a much larger amount of product.

Does Botox Really Work for Underarm Sweating?

Within a week of receiving Botox, underarm sweating is significantly reduced or eliminated. Most patients say that they can even discontinue use of daily antiperspirant for sweat, but may still need it for odor.

Results can last up to six months.

Cost

Because treatment of underarm sweating often requires a full vial of Botox, it typically costs $1000 per session.

To learn more about Botox for underarm sweating, please call our office today to schedule a consultation.

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