Botulinum toxin (known as Botox) is a drug that temporarily paralyzes muscles to treat certain muscle conditions, reduce wrinkles or stop sweat. Botox has become a widely recognized treatment for axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating), gaining the FDA’s stamp of approval in 2004. To treat severe underarm sweating, Botox works by blocking the secretion of the chemical that activates sweat glands.
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How is Procedure Performed?
During the procedure, doctors (typically dermatologists) inject around 50 units of Botox into each armpit. The more units injected, the longer the drying effects tend to last. Overall, the procedure is relatively quick and painless — except when it comes to your wallet.
Who is the Right Candidate for Treatment?
Botox is FDA-approved to treat excessive underarm sweating. Botox works for both men and women. To get Botox injections for hyperhidrosis, you must be at least 18 years old, and it should be a last line of defense for heavy or severe underarm sweating. You should explore non-invasive options like sweat proof clothing and prescription antiperspirants first.
Botox is only advised for severe cases of axillary hyperhidrosis that cannot be treated with topical solutions. People with certain medical conditions or taking certain medications should not receive Botox for hyperhidrosis.
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