Botox. When I think of Botox, I think of the use of it in smoothing out the skin to combat wrinkles, or maybe to combat migraine headaches. Botox has come a long way since it was first introduced for cosmetic use in 2002. It has a wide range of uses I wouldn’t have known until I started researching it. When I found out about armpit Botox, from this article, I was intrigued to learn more. Can you really stop excessive armpit sweat with Botox? Let’s find out.
Uses For Botox
Botulinum Toxin also called Botox is a neurotoxic protein produced by a bacteria called Clostridium Botulinum which causes paralysis of the muscles. Although it is a powerful poison, when used correctly it can help a multitude of issues. It was found to be useful in cosmetics in reducing wrinkles by basically paralyzing the muscles tightening the area so the wrinkles aren’t as visible.
Botox is also used to treat certain eye disorders such as crossed eyes and excessive blinking. It also treats muscle disorders and migraine headaches. Botox also helps stop excessive armpit sweat called hyperhidrosis.
Procedure For Stopping Hyperhidrosis
To stop underarm sweating, Botox has been proven to work by stopping the secretion of the chemicals that produce sweat. The procedure typically takes about 20 minutes and is non-invasive with no down time. Before the procedure you will likely be asked to shave the area, and asked not to use deodorant about 24 hours prior.
The doctor will mark the areas with a skin marker and inject a small amount of Botox into the armpit using a very fine needle. There will probably be some stinging, but it shouldn’t be too painful. The more Botox they use the longer the drying effects will last. It takes about 2-4 days to see the results and they can last anywhere from 4-14 months.
The dermatologist will also probably want to see you for a follow up visit to make sure that it is healing correctly. The estimated cost for this is about $1,000 for both armpits. Another thing I discovered is more and more insurance companies are beginning to cover Botox for health reasons that aren’t cosmetic.
Botox is being used off-label for many health conditions these days, not only for underarm sweating, but sweaty feet and palms can also benefit from this, as well as the forehead and nose. With insurance covering it for health reasons, it is available to many as an option for excess sweating and other health issues.
I read an excellent article over at AEDIT.com, an excellent site for new, innovative aesthetic trends about this topic and many others. Model Chrissy Teigen shared this on her social media with a video of the procedure, rejoicing her excitement saying ” I can wear silk again without soaking.” I linked that article here. If you’re someone who thought they were going to have to suffer excess sweating for ever, talk to your doctor and see if you may be a good candidate for armpit Botox. Have you ever heard of this procedure? I welcome all comments and questions, so please don’t hesitate to comment below.