Sweating is one of the most important and natural ways of detoxifying body and regulating body temperature. However, if you sweat far more than your body’s requirement then you may be suffering from a medical condition called hyperhidrosis – commonly known as excessive sweating. This condition can affect any part(s) of your body, but the most embarrassing case is when you sweat heavily in the armpits. Always-extending sweat stains in the armpits, accompanied by bad body odour can be a turnoff for anyone.
However, getting rid of this embarrassing and confident shattering condition is very easy and quick, courtesy Botox – a neurotoxin that is best known for its anti-wrinkles applications. The same toxin can help alleviate excessive sweating armpits by temporarily blocking the nerve impulses that stimulate sweat glands. When the glands in the armpits do not receive chemical signals from brain, they automatically start less sweat, while the sweat glands in the rest of the body continue to sweat normally.
How is the procedure performed?
Starch test is performed to find out the trigger points in the armpits, and the area is then divided into 10 to 15 evenly distributed spots. To make the procedure painless, your physician will apply topical anaesthesia (in the form of a gel or cream), or give you local anaesthesia to numb the area that needs treatment. Botox, a purified neurotoxin derived from Botulinum Toxin type A, is administered directly into these spots using hair thin sterile needles.
How does Botox work?
The toxin sticks itself to the nerve endings, preventing transmission of signals from brain to the sweat glands. When the glands do not receive signals from brain, it stops producing sweat. Over the counter antiperspirants and other topical medications only mask up sweat production, but Botox treatment works by targeting the sweat glands underneath your skin, thereby reducing sweat production by up to 80 percent. What makes the procedure even popular is the fact that it curbs sweat production in the armpits only, while rest of the body continues to sweat normally.
How effective is the treatment?
Botox treatment is one of the safest and the most effective cure for excessive sweating in armpits, or any other part of the body, such as palms of hands, soles of feet, face and lower back. The treatment cuts down sweat production by up to 80 per cent. Effects of botulinum toxin can be seen 7 to 10 days after the procedure, and last for six to 8 months. For optimum results, dermatologists recommend hyperhidrosis patients to get two injections in a year.
It is pertinent to mention here that effectiveness of treatment depends a lot on the experience and skills of the dermatologist or plastic surgeon performing the procedure. Make sure you choose a board certified physician with at least five-year experience of administering Botox for hyperhidrosis.
Is this treatment safe?
The U.S Food and Drug Association (FDA) has approved botulinum toxin type A to treat hyperhidrosis as well as few other medical conditions, including chronic migraines, cervical dystonia, blepharospasm, and overactive bladder.
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