Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
The medical term for the armpit is the axilla. Excessive axillary sweating (or axillary hyperhidrosis!) can make anyone’s life a misery. There are antiperspirant sprays available on the market.
Botox for Excessive Sweating
The axilla has a multitude of sweat glands and each gland has a tiny muscle that extrudes the sweat (sebum) onto the skin.
Botox can relax these tiny muscles and can give months of very effective abolition of sweating.
The Procedure Takes About 30 Minutes:
Firstly you need to be happy with all the information about the injection itself – its side effects and risks. The axilla is a very forgiving place to inject and there are very few complications associated with this area.
The doctor will firstly observe the area to see where the sweating occurs – this is usually quite well linked to the hair-bearing areas. The doctor will draw a grid of 1cm squares over the sweaty areas and will place a small volume of botox in each square. On average this will mean about 20 tiny injections in each axilla (a total of 50 units each side) – and that’s it.
This will not abolish sweating completely, but you should notice a dramatic reduction. Many patients don’t even use deodorant at all. The effect should last about 6-9 months, but many report that they only ever need the procedure once per year.