BOTOX® For Sweating
About BOTOX® For Sweating
Sweating is a normal physiological response whose main function is to cool us down when we overheat. For certain individuals, however, excessive sweating can be a major problem and may occur constantly regardless of the temperature. Excessive sweating can affect the whole body but it is most commonly associated with the arm pits, feet and hands.
Botox injections have long been used as an effective treatment for excessive sweating. Excessive sweating also known as hyperhidrosis is defined as an excessive and non-physiological amount of sweat produced by the body. The treatment works by decreasing the transmission of the nerve impulses to the sweat glands, in turn decreasing the amount you sweat.
At DC Cosmetics, we use Botox injections to minimise excessive sweating in the armpits. This treatment can also be used for the soles of the feet and palms of the hands however due to the discomfort and downtime in these areas we do not offer this treatment for the hands and feet.
Why choose BOTOX®
Most patients choose this treatment if they have found anti-perspirants and other medicines used on the skin (topical) do not work effectively enough in people 18 years and older.
When is sweat too much sweat?
For some people, sweating can go into overdrive. Severe underarm sweating, also known as severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis, is a condition in which the body sweats more than is necessary in order to regulate body temperature. The severity of the condition is based on the extent it interferes with your daily activities
Where is, Botox Administered?
You will be asked to lay down with your arms raised, for your practitioner to determine accurately which areas need the most treatment.
A starch-iodine test may be performed. This involves firstly applying an iodine solution to the armpit and then sprinkling starch over the solution. The starch-iodine combination will turn a dark blue colour indicating which areas have excess sweat production.
Your practitioner will then apply a topical anaesthetic (numbing cream) to the area and leave it for approximately 20 minutes. They will then begin a series of small Botox injections on the skin to cover the whole region. There may be some discomfort during the procedure as the injections are inserted.
How soon will I feel the effects?
Effects of Botox for excessive sweating are usually noticeable within the first week following treatment.
How Effective Is Botox In Treating Hyperhidrosis?
Botox has shown to cut excessive sweating in half in 95% of patients.
Are there any patient Botox treatment is not recommended for?
Botox for hyperhidrosis is not recommended for pregnant women or mothers who are breastfeeding. It is also unsuitable for those with muscle or nerve disorders or on medications for nerve or muscle problems, such as Gentamicin and Quinidine. Those with neuromuscular disease, Myasthenia Gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome are also unable to have this treatment.
Are there any side effects for Botox in for the use of Hyperhidrosis?
The injections can often cause small bruises although these disappear within a few days. The muscles around the site of injection may also feel weaker than normal but again, these symptoms disappear within a week or two and should have no effect on your everyday life.
Dose it hurt?
To help relieve pain and discomfort, your practitioner will offer anaesthetic creams such as EMLA, which contains lidocaine and prilocaine.
What is a minor starch test?
This test may be used to identify exactly where the sweat glands are. The armpit is covered with iodine and then corn starch is applied. The perspiration combines the iodine and glucose in the starch and turns black instantly. This helps physicians when administering Botox as they can concentrate injections in certain places.
How long will the results last?
After the treatment, you can go home and resume your normal activities but you will feel slightly bruised in the treated region. You will begin noticing the reduction in the amount you sweat about a week after treatment. You may not need to use deodorants but if you feel you need to this is perfectly safe.
If after 2-4 weeks you are still experience excessive sweating, then you may have a review consultation where we may do another starch-iodine test and a repeat treatment may be carried out to treat any missed areas.
The results of this treatment generally last about 6 to 9 months, which is much longer than the results from Botox injections for anti-wrinkle purposes. However, the effects can differ between individuals.
- Stops excessive underarm sweating for 6-9 months
- Procedure is safe and painless
- The whole treatment only takes approximately 30-60 minutes
- You can return to work straightaway
- Results noticeable in 5-7 days
- Dramatically boosts your confidence and self-esteem
Price : Both under-arms £395 Price includes review at 2-4 weeks if necessary