Botox injections are now being used to reduce excessive underarm sweating. Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert Abergel is sharing his answers to the questions he frequently receives.
How does Botox work?
Botox injections temporarily obstruct the chemical signals from the nerves that feed the sweat glands. When the sweat glands don’t receive chemical signals, the production of excessive sweat ends in only the treated areas and sweat continues to be created in other areas.
How long does a Botox treatment last?
In a medical study, the average duration of response in Botox patients was just over 200 days. Botox injections are not a cure, therefore your symptoms will slowly return and you will know when the time is right for another treatment. Your Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon will recommend a treatment strategy to ensure that you receive the best possible results with Botox treatment.
What is the next step?
Talk to your Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon about your condition and if it can be helped by Botox. A topical agent like a deodorant that contains an aluminum-based compound may manage your underarm sweating. If that doesn’t work, Botox treatment may be the right solution for you.
Is Botox treatment right for me?
In order to make the right treatment decision, ask your Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon about his experience with Botox injections. Also discuss effectiveness and important safety information about Botox injections.
You should tell your cosmetic surgeon about all your existing medical conditions and all the medicines you currently take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins and herbal products.
What can I expect?
The actual treatment only takes about 10 to 15 minutes. A small amount of solution is injected into the affected underarm area through a very fine needle. The needle is inserted just under the skin, so you may experience some discomfort.
What happens following treatment with Botox?
You will notice a significant reduction in underarm sweating within 4 weeks of your initial treatment. Once the treatment becomes effective, you can stop using dress shields and carrying extra changes of clothing, and you can probably use a regular deodorant instead of a prescription antiperspirant.