Botulinum Toxin Sweat Reduction
FDA-Approved Treatment For Severe Underarm Sweating
As mammals, humans have one of the most number of sweat glands. Other than humans, only primates, such as apes and monkeys, and horses and many sweat glands too. The presence of sweat glands is important because it allows us to effectively regulate and maintain our body temperature by cooling us down. When we are feeling hot and we sweat, the moisture that evaporates from our skin cools us down instantaneously.
Sweating is also very common in young adolescents. Young adults tend to sweat a lot more because more than 3 million sweat glands become more active during puberty. This is true especially true for glands in the armpits, groin, and palms of the hands.
What is excessive sweating?
Sweating only becomes a problem when you sweat excessively. Excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis) affects up to 1% of the population. This means that the you are sweating abnormally which is not necessarily related to heat or exercise. When you sweat so much that it soaks through your clothes that it is disrupting your normal daily activities, you know that you are suffering from hyperhidrosis.
The condition can be very distressing, causing embarrassment in social settings and possibly affecting work. The most common areas affected are the underarms (armpits), palms and feet. When sweat comes in contact with bacteria on the skin, it may produce a foul-smelling odour.
How Does Botox help to reduce excessive sweating?
Botox sweat reduction treatment provides a non-surgical and effective way of treating the problem with visible improvement with just one session. Effects of the treatment can last approximately 9 months. The procedure takes only 30 minutes to complete. Botox works by blocking a neurotransmitter that stimulates the sweat glands and deactivating them temporarily. Botox is injected using a fine needle into the skin of the affected area. This fuss-free procedure comes with minimal downtime. As a result, normal activity can resume immediately after the treatment.
how many sessions are required?
For some, subsequent treatment may be required if there are areas that are do not see decreased sweating.
any downtime after botulinum toxin sweat reduction treatment?
Some tiny bruises may form after the treatment but it will probably resolve within the day.
People concerned about excessive sweating on their underarms and/or palm of the hands.