Excessive sweating, known in medical dermatology as axillary hyperhidrosis, is a common condition, with more than a million Americans estimated to be affected by it. A person can sweat up to four times more than others in this condition in order to maintain regular body temperature.
The condition can cause difficulties in the performance of everyday chores, create itching and discomfort, and make a person feel less confident in social settings.
Botox® , which is popularly used as a facial anti-aging injectable, has an additional application as a treatment for excessive underarm sweating. The FDA has approved Botox® for treating excess sweating under the arms. The effects of Botox® for this purpose can last for up to two years. Dr. Steven Zimmet is an experienced dermatologist providing Botox® for excessive underam sweating. Dr. Zimmet provides various skin care procedures to patients in Austin, TX and surrounding locations.
The FDA gave its approval for Botox® as a treatment for axillary hyperhidrosis in cases where topical creams and anti-perspirants do not offer relief. Severe sweating symptoms can be treated by injecting directly into the underarm area. The treatment can be provided to people above the age of 18 if they have not achieved satisfactory relief with topical dermatology solutions.
Patients should carefully note that Botox® has only been approved by the FDA for treating excessive sweating in the underarm area. According to the FDA, it remains undetermined as of now whether Botox® can be used safely and effectively to treat excessive sweating in other parts of the body.
The procedure to treat hyperhidrois is very similar to that of the cosmetic facial anti-aging treatment with Botox® . But it is important that the dermatologist should assess the severity of sweating prior to recommending Botox® as a solution. Dr. Zimmet receives patients from Austin, TX and nearby areas for a wide range of skin care procedures.
How does it Work?
Botulinum toxin A is a potent biological substance and a nerve immobilizer, which constitutes the key ingredient in Botox® . When the Botox® provider injects this neurotoxin directly into the affected area, it will block communication signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. With the nerve communication blocked, the overactive sweat glands will stop functioning, which will bring an end to the excessive sweating.
The excess sweat eliminated with this treatment does not get collected elsewhere in the body. Botox® injections will simply halt the production of sweat in the targeted areas. However, sweating in other parts of the body will continue as before. Patients should have a clear understanding of the potential effectiveness of Botox® for underarm sweating before they commit to the procedure.
Procedure and Results
Based on an assessment of the severity of the underarm sweating, the dermatologist will prepare a Botox® injection plan. The medication will be delivered into the affected areas in the armpits with the help of fine needles. Significant reduction in underarm sweating can be noticed in about one month after the treatment. Relief will usually sustain for about six months with Botox® , but individual results may vary.