It’s summertime and the combination of heat and humidity leads to increased sweating. Hyperhidrosis is a common complaint, where patient become self conscious about excessive underarm sweat or smell. Some people are predisposed to increased underarm sweating or some just prefer to sweat less in that area. We have many patients who work out regularly and want to sweat less in the underarm area or tend to soak through their clothes in the summer time. Bacteria on your skin coming into contact with sweat produced by the glands in the underarm is what leads to unpleasant odors.
At our practice, we regularly treat patients with Hyperhidrosis using botulinum toxin (botox) injections. These are quick to perform and can improve ones quality of life dramatically. The effects of botox work by blocking the release of neurotransmitters that activate the sweat glands to produce sweat; in the same way they work to decrease muscle movement in the face to soften wrinkles. The sweat glands are reduced in function by about 80%, thereby decreasing the amount of sweat produced. This leads to a significant improvement in quality of life with decreased odors and sweating through clothes. Patients report being less self conscious about excessive underarm wetness showing through their clothes and ‘fresher’ workouts.
As with botox injections to the face, botox placed in the underarm area is very safe. Its FDA approved to use to treat Hyperhidrosis in the underarm area and has been used ‘off-label’ in the hands and feet. We also place it on the face in areas where people complain of excessive sweating. It does not lead to excessive sweating in other parts of your body as you will still sweat from the areas treated, however, at a much slower rate that doesn’t lead to any uncomfortable situations with much improved quality of life.
After placement, it takes an initial 2-4 days to start working and full effects are seen in two weeks. The treatment lasts up to 6 months, after which a repeat treatment can be performed.
Contact us for any questions about this wonderful and highly effective treatment. .