Underarm Perspiration? No Sweat with Botox®
Does underarm sweating make you socially anxious? Does the idea of putting out a sweaty handshake make you nervous? Do you need to change your clothes several times in a day so as to stay dry?
You aren’t alone. Over 1% of the population is prone to hyperhidrosis, as the excessive perspiration syndrome is technically termed. So what do you do if you find you are sweating disproportionately?
Relax, because stress makes the sweat glands work harder. And to help you do just that, we’ll let you know about a line of treatment that helps keep hyperhidrosis under control. Before we delve into those details, let us first understand how perspiration works.
Our bodies sweat in order to regulate body temperature. The body could heat up for a variety of reasons: weather, room temperature, exercise or even emotional excitation. The expressions ‘hot and bothered’ and ‘hot under the collar’ or for that matter, ‘boiling with rage’ all have a scientific basis. Excessive body temperature could affect vital functions and have serious consequences. Fortunately, we have around 2 million to 4 million sweat glands that come to our rescue. They work as thermal regulators by releasing sweat to cool down the body by evaporation. In other words, perspiration functions as our individualized natural cooling system.
What causes hyperhidrosis
In most cases the stimuli for hyperhidrosis are external, such as environmental temperature, spicy food or emotional triggers ranging from social anxiety to fear to anger. However, it is imperative to rule out internal causes such as an overactive thyroid gland or any other medical issue for this condition.
Hyperhidrosis can be generalized or localized. Generalized Hyperhidrosis causes sweating all over body, wherever there are sweat glands. Focal Hyperhidrosis is localised, affecting only areas that have a large concentration of sweat glands, areas like the palms of the hands, soles of the feet and the armpits. When there is excessive underarm sweating the condition is termed Axillary Hyperhidrosis.
Underarm sweating is particularly troublesome, as the area has both folds and hair which trap the sweat and hamper evaporation, providing the perfect habitat for fungi and bacteria to grow.
Contrary to the popular belief, sweat actually is odourless. However, the bacterial activity causes body odour. And that’s typically when we depend on our favorite anti-perspirants and deodorants as a quick fix to reduce perspiration and cover the smell. Anti-perspirants reduce the amount of sweat that reaches the skin by blocking the sweat ducts, while deodorants contain antibacterial agents. When these topical treatments do not work well enough it’s time to seek professional intervention.
The dermatologist will first analyze your hyperhidrosis severity before determining the appropriate course of treatment for you.
While several treatment options exist, from medication to surgical procedures, Botox® has emerged as a popular choice, with its ability to deliver satisfying results. Botox®, which is largely associated with age control treatments, can actually erase those worry lines caused by underarm sweating.
And that’s not all. Laser hair reduction provides a powerful boost in the war against sweaty underarms. With the suite of leading technologies at hand, our dermatologist-therapist teams can help you ensure you can raise your arms with confidence.
Botox for hyperhidrosis
Botox® is a purified neurotoxin extracted from the Clostridium Botulinum bacterium and has a wide range of medicinal and cosmetic uses.
Underarm sweat glands are controlled by the autonomic nervous system, which explains why sweating increases with exercise as well as with emotional stress and anxiety. Botox® blocks the release of acetylcholine, the chemical messenger that signals the sweat glands to activate. As a result, sweating is reduced or eliminated. Approved by the US FDA in 2004 for the treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis, Botox® has helped millions of people as an innovative and effective treatment. In clinical studies, upwards of 88% of people achieved a reduction of 50-80% in underarm sweating.
Let your worries dry up!
After applying a numbing cream topically, a very fine needle is used to make 10-15 superficial Botox® injections just under the skin. The injections are evenly spaced so as to cover the entire underarm area. This procedure takes around 15-20 minutes.
The results of this treatment should start becoming apparent within 14 days of the treatment. It’s important to space the Botox® injections and laser hair reduction sessions at a gap of one month. The injection needs to be repeated once a year, while laser needs 6-12 sessions in all, with a frequency of once in 20-60 days.
That’s it. Hyperhidrosis is nothing to get hyper about, after all!