Axillary hyperhidrosis, commonly known as excessive underarm sweating, is a widespread problem that affects over one million Americans. In this condition, the patient can sweat up to four times more than an average individual in order to regulate body temperature. The condition can hamper the patient’s performance of everyday activities, create discomfort and itching, and make them feel embarrassed or awkward in public settings.
Botox, one of the most popular medspa injectable treatments for facial anti-aging, has an additional medical use as a treatment for excessive sweating in the armpits. Botox has received the FDA’s approval for this treatment. Results with Botox injections can last for as long as two years.
Motykie medical spa is equipped to provide Botox injections for both cosmetic and medical purposes. Led by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie, the medical spa offers Botox to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.
FDA’s Approval Conditions
The FDA has approved Botox as an injectable procedure to treat axillary hyperhidrosis only for patients who have been unable to achieve relief with anti-persipirants and topical creams and lotions. Botox can be directly injected into the underarm area for patients with severe sweating symptoms. The patient must be over the age of 18 to receive this treatment.
The medspa treatment provider should inform the patient that the FDA has approved Botox only for the treatment of excessive underarm sweating. According to the FDA, it is still not conclusively established whether Botox can be a safe and effective application in treating excessive sweating in other body areas.
While the procedure of administering Botox for hyperhidrois is not very different from that of cosmetic facial treatment, it is important that the provider should assess the candidacy of the patient carefully before recommending Botox for hyperhidrosis. Patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas have an opportunity to receive this procedure at Motykie medical spa.
How does it Work?
The main active ingredient in Botox is botulinum toxin A, which is a powerful biological agent that can temporarily immobilize the nerves. Botox medication is injected in the precise quantity in the targeted underarm area, where it will instantly start working to cut off communication signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. As a result, the overactive sweat glands will stop their function, causing the end of excessive sweating.
Patients should be assured that the excess sweat that is eliminated through this process is not collected elsewhere in the body. The sweat production is simply stopped in the affected area with Botox injections. However, the other body parts will continue to sweat as before. The patient should make a well-informed decision in consultation with the Botox expert.
Most patients will be able to notice significant reduction in sweating in the underarm area after about one month of the Botox treatment. With a single treatment session, the results may sustain for about six months, but can be extended with follow-up treatments for up to two years.
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