When Botox treatment is mentioned, most people consider it to be an anti-ageing treatment for wrinkles on the face. However, Botox for sweating is incredibly effective in the treatment of excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis.
How Does Underarm Botox For Sweating Work?
When Botox is injected, the toxin blocks the chemical messenger sent via your sympathetic nerves and so it does not reach the sweat glands. Without the chemical message, the glands cannot turn on the sweating. Botox permanently blocks the nerve endings and so sweat cannot be produced. Over a period of time the Botox molecule is gradually broken down, the sympathetic stimulation gradually returns and sweat production begins to increase.
Prior to treatment you will have a consultation with the doctor. This helps to determine where sweating occurs at its worst and to ensure that you have no health problems that Botox may interfere with or worsen. It is also important to discuss with the doctor if you have had any other treatment to try to help with the problem. Some doctors prescribe medication in a bid to help control perspiration.
Once you are ready to be treated, a topical anaesthetic is applied to the area. This will numb the site making the procedure itself painless. After 20-30 minutes, the Botox will be injected. Using a fine needle, Botox is injected into the underarm in several pinpricks. The procedure itself is very quick, taking around 15-20 minutes to complete.
So what should you look out for before having this treatment?
Who is carrying out the treatment?
Make sure you are treated by a doctor. It is important that in addition to the treatment being carried out correctly, you have a consultation with a medical professional prior to treatment to ensure you are the right candidate for treatment.
Which Botox product is being used?
Ensure you are being treated with FDA approved Botox. There are many similar products on the market, which although cheaper, have not undergone the rigourous health checks of those produced by companies like Allergan.