Botox in Your Armpits?

If you have unwanted wrinkles around the eyes or forehead, Botox® (onabotulinumtoxin A) injections may be the answer. Did you know that Botox® injections may also be a solution for excessive sweating, known as hyperhidrosis?

What is Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition in which a person sweats excessively and unpredictably. The sweating experienced with hyperhidrosis exceeds normal sweating required for regulation of body temperature. Hyperhidrosis is not only uncomfortable but can be extremely embarrassing and anxiety-inducing. Nearly 5% of the world’s population, and as many as 1.3 million Americans suffer from severe hyperhidrosis.

How Does Botox Treat Hyperhidrosis?

In 2004, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Botox® for the treatment of severe axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the underarms). Botox® blocks certain chemical signals that are responsible for activating the body’s sweat glands. This procedure uses a very fine needle to inject small amounts of the toxin just under the skin in the area of excessive sweating.

Following injections of Botox® to treat underarm excessive sweating, patients have reported an 82-87% decrease in sweating. Patients can expect to notice results a few days after treatment, but results may last anywhere from 4 to 14 months.

Is Hyperhidrosis Affecting your Life?

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you sweat excessively and uncontrollably?
  • When you are not exerting yourself, do you often see beads of sweat on your skin or have sweat-soaked clothing?
  • Do you sweat when you’re sitting?
  • Does sweating cause difficulty accomplishing everyday tasks like holding a pen or opening doorknob?
  • Does sweating in public cause you distress?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it may be a sign that you have hyperhidrosis. At The Plastic Surgery Center, we have experience in treating hyperhidrosis and create individualized treatment plans to help alleviate the discomfort and embarrassment associated with hyperhidrosis.