If you are someone who has never dabbled into the world of injectables, then the idea of having a neuromodulator like Botox injected into your underarms might seem a little extreme. However, botox for hyperhidrosis is an extremely common treatment for both men and women who are fed up with their excessive sweating and want an alternative to traditional deodorants and antiperspirants. In fact, botox for hyperhidrosis is one of the primary on-label indications of this drug. Lets go through some of my most frequently asked questions from patients about botox for excessive sweating:
How does the treatment work?
Botox® is a medication that temporarily blocks the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate or activate sweat glands. When the sweat glands don’t receive their signal to be active (aka. start producing sweat), severe sweating is reduced.
How Effective is Botox® Treatment for the treatment of excessive sweating?
Botox® is proven to be effective for hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). A clinical study found that 57 out of 104 patients treated with Botox® (55%) achieved an effective and improved response, and 84 out of 104 patients treated with Botox® (81%) achieved a greater than 50% reduction in sweating.
When Do I First Notice Results?
You should notice a significant reduction in underarm sweating within 4 weeks after your first treatment.
How Long Do the Results Last?
In a clinical study, patients had drier underarms for up to 6.7 months. It is important to remember though that individual results may vary.
WHAT does the Procedure entail?
The procedure is fairly simple. Small injections will be made into the affected underarm area through a very fine needle. A local numbing cream can also be used if you are concerned about discomfort during treatment but this is generally not required. The Botox® treatment takes only a few minutes, requires no anesthetic, recovery is immediate, and you can resume your normal daily activities that same day.
How much does Botox® treatment cost?
The cost of treatment varies depending on your insurance coverage. Many sufferers are pleased to find out their insurance plans cover all or most of their Botox® treatments. For specific details on coverage, contact your insurance company.
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