Botox Under Arm Injections: Goodbye To Sweaty Armpits?

Have you had some problems with your sweating in the underarm area?

Do you feel you sweat a lot under there and want something to take care of it and manage it?

Did you know that with the help of Botox injections, it may actually be possible to take care of your problem of excessive sweating in the underarm area?

Today, we talk about what condition Botox injections can actually help with other than just removing wrinkles, and how it can help control your sweating in the underarm. We also talk about how Botox injections can work for this and how long you can expect the results to last.

When and how was it discovered that Botox can be used in the under arm area?

Botox is being used to treat conditions of excessive sweating since almost 2004, but it can also help those who do not sweat too much, but still regularly sweat a lot in the underarm area. In the year 2004, the FDA approved the use of Botox for use in the under arm area to help reduce sweating.

What condition is remedied by Botox under arms? What is it called?

The Botox injections that are given under the arms are used to treat a condition that is known as hyperhidrosis. It is also known as axillary hyperhidrosis in the medical terms.

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  • It is a condition in which a person sweats more than usual in the region under the arm, or, in the armpits.
  • In fact, people who suffer from axillary hyperhidrosis sweat about four times more in the under arm area as compared to those who sweat on a regular level.

How does it manifest in people who suffer from it? Is it a major cause for concern?

More than anything else, sweating excessively, especially under the arms, can cause major embarrassment and inconvenience in people who suffer from it.

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  • In most of the cases, the problem of excessive sweating under the arms starts somewhere around adolescence, especially around late adolescence.
  • If it is not taken care of and treated in time, it can become a lifelong problem.
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    Sweating, and excessive sweating, can be a big embarrassment especially in the growing up years. Apart from that, it can also tend to be an embarrassment in the work area, while being in a social outing and so on. Not to mention that it can make people stay away, especially if the condition is really severe.

How does Botox work to treat this condition? How long do the effects last? 

Botulinum toxin, which is known as Botox in the more common terms, is a type of drug that is used to paralyze your muscles on a temporary basis. This mainly helps to treat conditions such as wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin, but it also helps to stop sweating.

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  • The neurotoxin Botox works by stopping the nerves in the under arm area from firing. It blocks the uptake of one of the transmitters that gives signals to the muscles to contract, which is known as acetylcholine.
  • Your doctor will first find the exact gland location by using a medical procedure that involves surgical iodine and corn starch. Once the glands are found, your doctor will administer a tiny injection in each under arm. The needles are very small, which also means that you will not experience much pain or discomfort.
  • When the doctors inject the Botox in the under arm area, it acts on the nearby glands and kind of makes them freeze. The Botox that is injected in your under arm area interferes with the message that tells your sweat glands to produce sweat, and essentially blocks the production of sweat. It blocks the secretion of those chemicals that help to trigger your sweat glands.
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    This stops the glands from producing sweat, which essentially helps to stop your problem of excessive sweating.

In different people, the body breaks down the Botox in a different way. This means that, the results that you see from the Botox injections, even in the under the arm area, will also vary from person to person. In most cases, the effects of the Botox injections will last for at least up to three to six months after the Botox injections are given. But in many other cases, the effects of these Botox injections will last for up to six to nine months, and almost all people experience satisfactory results from the injections and see a marked reduction in their sweating in the under arm area.

However, if you are really active, or if the condition is really severe, your results from the shot may vary. So do check with your doctor about it.

What is the success rate of Botox when it comes to fixing this issue as compared to alternative treatment options?

Medical practitioners feel that to treat the condition of axillary hyperhidrosis, or excessive under arm sweating, using Botox injections is more effective than using any other alternative treatment option. They also feel that other alternative treatment options can be difficult for the patient to tolerate or to continue with.

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  • In a study that was done for a year, between 2007 and 2008, 50 patients were included to test the success rate of Botox and see if it can work to treat this condition.
  • After the tests and the treatment with Botox, or Botulinum toxin type A (BTX-A), it was found that up to 88 percent of the patients were completely happy and satisfied with the results that they got from the Botox injections.
  • All patients also chose to repeat the procedure during the course of the entire study and none wanted to leave it midway.
  • In about 86 percent of the patients who participated in the study, the results seemed to match the expectations they had from the treatment.
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    As part of the study, it was concluded giving Botox as a local injection that gives very effective results and helps to manage excessive sweating in the under arm area. 

Should you find an experienced practitioner or doctor to get Botox injections for under arm?

It is very important to meet a proper and expert practitioner who will help inject the Botox in your under arm area. This is because, the doctor will be able to measure the right amount of Botox and inject it accordingly. Also, the under arm is an area that is not easily visible to your own eyes, and trying to do it yourself may not be the best option, as you will not have a clear view.

During the procedure in which Botox will be injected in the under arm area to reduce the amount of sweating, the doctor will inject about 50 units of Botox in each under arm area. This is a standardized amount for those who have regular sweating, but in case you suffer from excessive sweating, your doctor may increase the units of Botox so that the results last for longer. This will ensure that your under arm area remains dry for longer and the effects are more long lasting.

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