Many people think of Botox and only think of the wrinkles on their forehead. However,Botox is quite the miracle toxin. It is amazing in it’s ability to temporarily relax the muscles, which is exactly what it does when injected into the forehead and around the eyes softening lines and wrinkles. But what you may not know is Botox is a safe and FDA approved form of treatment for those suffering from axillary hyperhidrosis.
Axillary Hyperhidrosis is also known as excessive under arm sweating. People suffering from this condition sweat up to four times more than the average person. This type of profuse sweating can interfere with their every day lives and make it difficult to do simple tasks such as going to the grocery store, walking around a mall and even seeing a movie. Clothing choice can also become a very important variable as some fabrics and colors stain with the presence of persistent sweating. In general it can become extremely unbearable and cause insecurity.
WHAT CAUSES AXILLARY HYPERHIDROSIS?
The cause of axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive under arm sweating) has to do with the sympathetic nervous system being over stimulated. This is in relation to the person’s emotional and mental state of being, their anxiety and their environment. What situation that may only cause light-sweat secretion in the average person will cause over active sweating in someone suffering from axillary hyperhidrosis.
When preparing to undergo treatment for excessive under arm sweating you should shave your under arms and abstain from using any type of deodorant or antiperspirant 24 hours prior to treatment. An extremely skilled and well-trained surgeon, will perform what is called the “starch test” prior to beginning the under-arm injection. They will first dry the affected area using tissue, and then using a Q-tip, paint the iodine solution onto the affected axillary area. Once it dries we will then lightly powder on cornstarch over the iodine. After about 10 minutes the sweat bleeding through the cornstarch will turn the corn starch a blue-blackish color and this will mark the affected area meant for treatment.
Our doctor will then use a surgical marker to place the dots where the Botox is to be injected. Once he injects the Botox he will then wipe the area with alcohol and the treatment should start to take effect with a significant reduction in underarm sweating within 4 weeks. Results can last up to 6 to 12 months. Don’t suffer from this embarrassing and exhausting condition any longer. Call us today for a free consultation!