Everyone sweats when they get hot or nervous. But what if you sweat for no reason? And what if that excessive sweating only happens in certain areas of your body, such as the underarms?
That’s what hyperhidrosis does. It can be an embarrassing condition that interferes with your everyday activities. But you don’t have to let it run your life.
Botox is a highly effective hyperhidrosis treatment. Especially for those who have tried everything else.
Let’s look at everything you need to know about the underarm treatment of hyperhidrosis in Los Angeles.
What Is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that results in excessive sweating. In fact, the name means just that: Hyper (too much) hidrosis (sweating).
And while sweating is a necessary function of the body to help keep us from overheating, people who have hyperhidrosis sweat for no reason. They can be dripping sweating from certain areas of the body while the other areas remain perfectly dry.
The areas of the body most affected by hyperhidrosis are the underarms, hands, feet, and head. But people with the condition tend to only excessively sweat from one or two of these areas.
The excessive sweating can have a significant impact on everyday activities. Underarm sweat often soaks through clothing, even if layered, which leads to large and obvious sweat marks. People with sweaty hands find it embarrassing to shake hands and have trouble opening doorknobs and touching items without leaving sweat marks.
This can lead to social anxiety and withdrawal from normal activities that they love.
How Can Botox Treat Hyperhidrosis?
Botox is a highly effective treatment for those suffering from hyperhidrosis. It works by blocking a chemical called acetylcholine which is responsible for activating signals between the nerves and sweat glands.
Usually, heat or anxiety stimulate the nervous system to activate the sweat glands. This is how your body keeps itself cool. But for those who have hyperhidrosis, the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands are overactive and don’t need any particular trigger to activate.
By injecting Botox into the areas of excessive sweat, Botox will block these overactive signals. In fact, these nerves are essentially paralyzed, preventing you from sweating in the areas that receive Botox injections.
Where Can You Inject Botox Treatments?
As of now, Botox is only approved for use in treating hyperhidrosis in underarm sweating. And research has shown it is an extremely effective treatment for the underarm area.
Who Is a Good Candidate for the Botox Treatment?
You should consider Botox for hyperhidrosis treatment if any of the following sounds familiar:
- You actively avoid social activities and interactions in fear of embarrassment
- You sweat through your clothing, even if you have on layers. And you have to change shirts more than once a day due to your condition
- You wear dark clothing to help hide the appearance of sweat marks
- Your sweating gets to the point it drips
- You have developed anxiety over your excessive sweating. You actually sweat more when you think about sweating
- You’ve tried everything else to stop the sweating and nothing work. Including prescription-strength antiperspirants, creams, pills, and other treatments
What Can I Expect with the Procedure?
The Botox treatment is very simple, minimally invasive, and you can get right back to your normal activities. It only takes about 30 minutes for the office procedure!
First, you’ll have a consultation with our medical provider. It will be a quick talk about your symptoms and where you are experiencing the excessive sweating.
After that, we create your custom treatment plan to fit your needs.
Before the procedure, we will make sure you’re comfortable by using a topical cream that will numb your underarms. This creates an almost pain-free procedure for you. In fact, the most you may feel is a small prick with the first injection, if anything at all.
Then, the Botox will be injected in a grid pattern under your arm. A vial of 100 units is the typical amount needed for both arms. And it only takes about 10 minutes to complete all the injections.
After the procedure, you can go back to your normal daily routine! Even though you may feel a slight stinging for 10-15 minutes after the injections and minor tenderness a few days, there are no restrictions.
What Results Can I Expect?
You will start to see improvement in the first two to four days. And within a month, you should see full results of the treatment.
Typically, excessive sweating is reduced by 82-87% after the first month. It will take patience, but the results of Botox will keep getting better over time.
Results vary by the individual but usually last between four to twelve months before a follow-up procedure.
What Are the Risks and the Cost?
As with any medical procedure, there are risks involved. That’s why you should always let us know what other medical conditions you may have, what medications you are taking, and if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
The possible side effects with the Botox treatment are:
- Neck pain
- Rash from an allergic reaction
- Loss of appetite
- Dry mouth
- Trouble swallowing
The Botox injections typically cost around $1,200 for both arms. Be sure to check your policies for the details.
Botox Treatment at MyBotoxLA
MyBotoxLA is dedicated to providing you the best hyperhidrosis treatment. Our medical staff takes the time to listen and understand your needs. And they are trained in treating your condition in just one session.
We’ll make sure to provide you with a comfortable environment and the support you need and deserve throughout your treatment.
Botox, as a Hyperhidrosis Treatment, Can Give You Back Your Life
You don’t have to hide from the world and suffer from hyperhidrosis in silence. Using Botox as a hyperhidrosis underarm treatment for your condition can give you back the life you love and miss. And all it takes is a simple office visit to MyBotoxLA.
Ready to see if Botox treatments can work for you? Contact us today to schedule your consultation!