Botox For Excessive Sweating: How It Works
While sweating during exercise or when it’s hot outside is normal, sweating for no reason can be a problem for many people. Luckily, there is a solution.
Botox is a popular cosmetic treatment that’s most well-known for minimizing facial wrinkles and fine lines. It has, however, been shown to be an effective treatment for excessive sweating, otherwise known as hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis occurs when the body perspires more than necessary to regulate temperature. And it doesn’t only occur in the armpit area. It can affect the hands, feet, cheeks, and even the scalp.
While antiperspirants, medicine, and lifestyle modifications can help, it can be frustrating when they aren’t effective. This is where Botox comes in.
When injected, Botox interrupts the signals that cause sweat glands to create excess perspiration. This doesn’t mean you won’t sweat at all or that you don’t need deodorant. You’ll likely still sweat a little and body odor may still need to be taken care of.
The results typically last for several months and many people report a considerable reduction in their sweat production.
Before the procedure, your doctor will do a comprehensive evaluation to determine if Botox is the best option for you. They’ll go over your medical history, what medications you’re taking, and ask about your sweating habits. Once they decide it’s right for you, they could perform the procedure the same day.
During the procedure, your doctor will inject Botox into the affected area. It can involve up to 25 Botox injections in each armpit. While that may sound daunting, the injections cause very little discomfort and it should only take a few minutes.
You may have slight swelling, redness, or bruising at the injection site following the operation. These issues will likely go away after a few days, if not sooner. You will want to avoid strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours.
After 3-4 days, you’ll likely begin noticing that you’re sweating much less. And these effects typically last anywhere from 3-12 months. You may need to receive more injections over time to maintain the results.
Botox injections aren’t normally covered by insurance because they are often used for cosmetic procedures. This is typically the case for excessive sweating as well, but there are a few exceptions.
Botox for hyperhidrosis can be covered if the excessive sweating is caused by an underlying medical condition, like low blood pressure or diabetes, that is usually treated with medication or surgery.
It’s best to contact your insurance provider to discuss if your specific case is covered or not.
If you’re dealing with excessive sweating and haven’t found the results you’re looking for with other treatments, Botox may be right for you.
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