If you’ve ever looked into treatments for wrinkles and facial lines, you’ve likely heard of Botox. But, did you know that this popular injectable can also be used to resolve excessive underarm sweating?
Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, is a common condition affecting around 2% to 3% of Americans. Botox is a safe, convenient treatment that can free you from the discomfort and self-consciousness that are so often caused by hyperhidrosis.
How Does Botox Work For Severe Underarm Sweating?
Botox is a neurotoxin, meaning that it affects the nervous system. It temporarily blocks the release of certain neurotransmitters, which in turn prevents muscle contractions. This is why it’s so effective at smoothing wrinkles and lines caused by facial expressions.
When Botox is used for hyperhidrosis, it blocks a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine, which is responsible for telling the sweat glands to release sweat. Without this neurotransmitter, the sweat glands don’t release sweat, leading to relief from hyperhidrosis.
Botox only stops sweating in the specific area that it’s injected into. Currently, Botox is only approved by the FDA for severe underarm sweating.
How Long Does Botox Last For Hyperhidrosis?
Just one Botox treatment can prevent excessive sweating for up to 201 days, or roughly 6 months. Since the effects of Botox wear off over time, patients must return for follow-up treatments to maintain their results.
How Long Does Botox Take To Work For Excessive Sweating?
Botox starts working quickly for excessive underarm sweating, generally taking just a few days to start showing results. The full results of Botox for hyperhidrosis typically appear after two weeks.
Botox is minimally-invasive, safe, and effective for patients with hyperhidrosis who haven’t experienced relief from topical medications. To learn more about Botox injections and how they may help you overcome severe underarm sweating, schedule a consultation at Hermann Aesthetics and Wellness today.