Can Botox injections really help your excess sweating? Find out from the expert doctors at Boston’s leading Medical Spa
Some people suffer with a condition which causes excessive sweating and this is commonly known as hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis can cause significant embarrassment to sufferers and severely affect their quality of life. The condition can affect localised areas of the body (focal hyperhidrosis) or be more generalized and affect most areas of the body. Common areas to be affected by excessive sweating include the underarms, the groin, the hands and feet and the scalp. Hyperhidrosis may be a side effect of a medication that you are currently taking or it may have no obvious cause at all.
Botox injections are particularly effective at treating localised areas of excessive sweating. But how exactly do these injections, most commonly used to fight fine lines and wrinkles, combat excess sweat?
How does Botox for sweating work?
Botox injections, which contain the Botulinum toxin, work by blocking a neurotransmitter which stimulates the sweat glands, therefore stopping you from producing excess sweat. Botox will only work in the specific area where you have had the injections.
Botox injections will begin to stop excess sweating after a few days, having maximum effect within 2 weeks. Botox has been shown to cause a 82-87% decrease in sweat production.
In order to get the best results and the safest possible care, make sure you have the procedure performed by an experienced board certified doctor.
What natural remedies can help to stop underarm sweating?
There are many natural remedies that can help to reduce excess sweating and it’s associated embarrassment. These include:
- Drinking tomato juice which can help to naturally shrink the pores in your skin, resulting in less sweating
- Using baking soda as a natural deodorant
- Applying tree tea oil to your underarms. This acts as an astringent and fights odour causing bacteria. Lemon can also be used in a similar way due to the citric acid it contains
- Slicing a potato and rubbing these slices over your underarms several times a day. Potato can absorb excess water from the skin
- Eliminating sweat-inducing food from your diet
- Making sure that you wear lightweight and breathable clothing to keep you as cool as possible
What prescription drugs are available for hyperhidrosis?
A variety of prescription drugs are available to treat hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. Although the drugs available to you do depend on whereabouts you are sweating. Prescription drugs can be particularly helpful for more severe cases where natural remedies have offered little help.
Prescription drugs that you may be offered include:
- Prescription-strength antiperspirants typically containing aluminum chloride, such as Drysol
- Prescription cream may be offered if your sweating is particularly problematic across the head and face. Creams typically contain glycopyrrolate
- Oral nerve-blocking drugs, also known as anticholinergic agents, such as glycopyrrolate and oxybutynin
- Antidepressants may also be effective, particularly if sweating is associated with anxiety symptoms
MiraDry is a new FDA-approved, non-invasive treatment for hyperhidrosis, which uses thermal energy to permanently eliminate sweat glands from your armpits. The cost of MiraDry treatment is quite high though – typically between $1500 and $4500.
Can Botox injections help with upper lip sweat?
Those of us who suffer from persistent upper lip sweat know just how annoying it can be. We spend ages carefully applying our makeup, only to have the tell tale glistening show through just a few minutes later. So can Botox injections really help with this? The answer is yes, they are actually really effective at treating excess sweat in this area.
If you are having Botox in the upper lip area, it is very important to have it performed by a highly qualified and experienced medical professional. This is because this delicate area of the face contains muscles which are responsible for the movement of your lips.
Can Botox be used to help forehead sweating?
Botox can also be very effective at treating excess sweating across the forehead. Again, it is important to choose your treatment provider carefully, as poorly administered injections within the forehead area can lead to asymmetry across the face.
Botox may be injected into the scalp to prevent sweating into the hair. This can stop your hair from getting greasy and make your blow-dry last longer.
What are the side effects of Botox injections in the underarms?
Botox injections are a very effective treatment for sweaty armpits, but do they have any side effects?
Serious side effects from Botox injections are extremely rare.
Common side effects from Botox typically result from a localised reaction to the injections. These can include redness, swelling, a stinging or burning sensation and mild bleeding.
Side effects which are less common include headache, numbness, hot flushes, nausea, itchy rash and an allergic reaction.
Getting treated by a board certified doctor at a reputable practice limits your risk of side effects and ensures that any adverse effects that do occur can be dealt with quickly.
How often do you need Botox for sweating?
The effects of Botox injections are only temporary, so you will need to repeat your treatments if you wish to maintain your results. The length of time that you will be able to leave between treatments will vary depending upon the location of your excess sweating. Botox for underarm sweating will typically last for between 4 and 14 months, while Botox for sweating of the hands and feet may only last for around 6 months.
Botox injections can provide really great results for those of us suffering from hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating. Injecting Botox into sensitive areas, particularly across the face and head, requires a great amount of expertise and skill, this is why you should always seek treatment from a qualified and experienced practitioner. If you are located within the Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts or Boston Metro area, then contact Evolution MedSpa Boston today to book your initial consultation with a member of the team. All Botox treatments are carried out by one of our board-certified doctors, ensuring that you achieve the best possible results.