Using Botox Injections to Help Fight Underarm Sweat

Everyone sweats. And believe it or not, this function is essential to our health. When our bodies overheat, we begin to perspire as part of a cooling mechanism designed to help us maintain a healthy body temperature. Normally, the perspiration we produce cools and evaporates quickly, so for some people, they never notice they’re sweating except in extreme circumstances like exercise or high-stress situations. And antiperspirants are designed to help reduce sweating and control odor. But some people produce excess sweat due to a condition known as hyperhidrosis. This condition causes the body to perspire even when normal triggers like exertion or heightened emotions are not present. This can cause discomfort and embarrassment for those who suffer with it.

However, there are steps you can take to address excess underarm sweat that go beyond merely trying every antiperspirant on the market (likely with little success). You might be surprised to learn that Botox, the same product used cosmetically to reduce facial wrinkles, can also be used to treat severe underarm sweat. Long-term studies have shown that receiving Botox injections for hyperhidrosis can significantly reduce the amount of sweat in the underarm region for up to many months. And considering that those with the condition can perspire up to four times more than the average person, this treatment can have a major impact on a sufferer’s ability to engage in social situations without the fear of unsightly wet patches under the arms or embarrassing odor. In other words, you could get your life back.

With continued treatment, the benefits of Botox injections can work indefinitely when used as a treatment for excess perspiration. Of course, you will first have to be diagnosed by a doctor to determine whether you have a condition that requires this type of treatment and whether or not it is safe and advisable for you. But if you’ve been living with severe underarm sweat or hyperhidrosis, there’s no reason to go on limiting your activities because of the embarrassment this condition can cause in social settings. There is a treatment available that has been proven effective.

According to the International Hyperhidrosis Society, millions of people around the world suffer from hyperhidrosis. If you are among this number, don’t hesitate to talk to your dermatologist about potential treatments for your condition. With studies showing the benefits of Botox injections for reducing underarm sweat, especially with ongoing treatment, you can get your perspiration under control and stop worrying about the discomfort and embarrassment that result from excessive sweating.

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Lawrence Osman, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist and liposuction surgeon in Los Angeles specializing in minimally invasive techniques such as liposuction using local anesthesia. He has offices in the Los Angeles area in both Northridge and Calabasas.   Visit www.drosman.com to learn more.