Okay, so no one likes to talk about it, but it is a problem so many have to deal with. Sweaty armpits. I don’t mean the expected sweating that takes place when you are exercising or it feels like it’s a thousand degrees in the summer time. That’s just your body’s way to cool itself. I’m talking about sweating through your clothes when you’re just going about your day. The type of sweating that dictates your fashion choices and has you wearing black shirts all the time. The kind that can make a person feel self- conscious. Regular antiperspirants do not work for those with hyperhidrosis.
Imagine going though life without daily sweat stains under the arms of all your clothes. There is help! It just may come in a form you might not be expecting. Botox! Thought it was just for wrinkles? Think again!
How is something known for alleviating forehead wrinkles going to have an affect on sweating?
Botox (and it’s counterpart Dysport) are neuromodulators. Neuromodulators are usually injected to relax the muscles that create wrinkles. For sweating, Botox is used to inhibit the secretion of the chemical that activates sweat glands. Botox works by blocking the nerves responsible. These nerves that signal the sweat glands are overactive in a person with hyperhidrosis.
When Botox is injected directly into the area that profusely sweats, the overactive nerves relax and are virtually paralyzed. When your nerves can’t signal your sweat glands, you don’t sweat. Who knew something could be so revolutionary for wrinkles and sweating?
During the procedure, Dr. Ramirez Gavidia will inject 50 units of Botox into each armpit. The more units of neuromodulator injected, the longer the sweat-free effects usually last. It is important to note that Botox only prevents sweating in the area where it’s injected, but it can be used to reduce sweating in other areas too, such as the hands and feet. Bonus: The more regular and consistent you are with your appointments, the longer and longer the Botox (and being sweat free) lasts.