Used to treat a variety of medical conditions, Botox injections are a neurotoxin made from the microbes that cause botulism. When used appropriately by a medical professional, they are very safe. Botox began as a cosmetic treatment to help smooth facial wrinkles as it temporarily paralyzed the muscles. Additionally, neuromuscular conditions such as muscle spasms, migraines, and hyperhidrosis are also treated with Botox injections. A medical term for excessive sweating is hyperhidrosis, such as abnormal sweating, like doing so when it is not hot. For those with this condition, regular antiperspirants are ineffective. For people with hyperhidrosis, Botox injections is a newer treatment option. If your sweating fails to improve with prescription antiperspirants, you may be a candidate for the Botox injections. For people who sweat excessively from their armpits, the FDA-approved the use of Botox. It may also be used for places like the face, feet and hands to reduce sweating. To confirm its effectiveness for treating excessive sweating in other areas of the body, Botox has been through rigorous testing. With this in mind, we at Skin & Body Refinery would like to elaborate further on Botox for hyperhidrosis.
How Does Botox Work to Stop Underarm Sweating?
By blocking the nerves responsible for activating your sweat glands, Botox combats hyperhidrosis. Your sweat glands are activated when body temperatures rise by the nervous system normally in an effort to cool itself down. The nerves that signal the sweat glands are overactive for those with hyperhidrosis, however. Your overactive nerves are essentially paralyzed from receiving Botox injections directly into the area of your body that commonly sweats. You do not sweat when the nerves are prevented from signaling the sweat glands. Where Botox is injected are the only places where sweating is prevented.
What Areas Can You Inject Botox?
For treating underarm sweating Botox was extremely effective in the many studies. Being so effective, medical staff will use it to treat the off-label areas of the body as well. In 80-90% of cases, the studies show that Botox successfully treats sweaty palms, although the longevity is not quite as long in the underarm treatments. For about 5 months in these studies, Botox injections reduced sweating in the forehead in about 75% of cases. Though few studies have been done, research believes it will be effective on the soles of feet as well. However, the biggest concern is the pain involved getting the injections in the feet as it will likely be more intense in comparison to other areas.
Botox Preparation & Recovery
When given by an experienced practitioner, Botox injections work best. Completed during an office visit, injections do not take much time. Just below the surface of the skin using a fine needle, the doctor will inject the Botox. In the area of your concern, you will receive several injections that form a grid pattern. A numbing agent or ice may be administered prior to prevent undo pain. As soon as the injections are complete, you can get back to work and/or your normal daily routines.
Botox for Hyperhidrosis & More in Waco, TX (Just Minutes Away from Axtell, West, Lorena, Bellmead, Woodway, Hewitt, Robinson & Crawford, Texas)
According to the International Hyperhidrosis Society, underarm Botox injections can reduce underarm sweating by 82–87%. The effects can typically last 4–12 months, or up to 14 months in some cases. If you are interested in Botox injections to treat hyperhidrosis, call the professionals of Skin & Body Refinery for a consultation today!