Most of us have heard of Botox as a treatment used to mask wrinkles and deep lines on our face, but did you know, Botox is also used to prevent wrinkles, significantly reduce excessive sweating AND prevent migraines!
Here we take a look at its magic in reducing excessive sweating.
Excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
Excessive perspiration or 'hyperhidrosis' can make you feel as though you are on your own. Friends, family, even your doctor, may not understand how embarrassing and uncomfortable it can be. For many people with the problem, it can cause a lot of emotional stress and it can be expensive. It may even limit your choices in clothing or ruin your clothes altogether.
Many people with the problem find that it interferes with both professional and social life. Millions of people around the world suffer the effects of excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis. In fact about three people in every 100 have the problem. You are not alone.
What is hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is an abnormally high level of sweating which can occur across all areas of the body. People with hyperhidrosis produce an amount of sweat that far exceeds that needed to regulate body temperature.
There are two types of hyperhidrosis:
Primary hyperhidrosis: This is the most common kind of excessive sweating and it is usually focused in one area of the body, such underarms, or palms of the hands or soles of the feet.
Secondary hyperhidrosis: This is caused by another medical problem such as menopause, cancer or diabetes. It usually occurs over larger areas of the body and can happen while you sleep. If you suffer from secondary hyperhidrosis it is important to talk to your doctor about the problem.
Why do some people suffer from excess sweating?
It is not known what causes the onset of primary hyperhidrosis but the condition often runs in families.
What can I do about it?
There are a number of treatments available including oral medications, surgery to remove the sweat glands or to cut the nerves that send the ‘turning on’ signal to the sweat glands, but the simplest option may be Botox® injections.
How do Botox® treatments work?
Botox® temporarily stops the message to sweat between the nerves and the sweat glands in the area that has been treated.
Treatment with Botox® is simpler than you might think. The treatment itself takes 10-15 minutes, but Caci allows 45 minutes for your first appointment, which includes a 'minor's test' to find out exactly where the sweat glands lie. This simple test uses corn starch and iodine to define the area that needs to be treated.
Once this is completed the nurse or doctor can inject the Botox® where it is required. This takes just a few minutes. The treatment involves multiple tiny injections in the affected area that enter only the skin. Most people find the treatment a bit uncomfortable rather than painful.
Where can I be treated?
Botox is particularly successful at treating underarm hyperhidrosis. It is a relatively simple procedure, often with dramatic effects. Botox has been used to treat other body areas, although treatment is much more complex.
WHAT TYPE OF RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?
You should notice a significant reduction in underarm sweating within two weeks of your treatment with Botox®. Most people get a greater than 80% reduction in perspiration for around seven months, although for some it may be less.
Caci has seen very good results in clients who have been treated with Botox®, with feedback that the treatment has been life changing for them.
How much does Botox® for hyperhidrosis cost?
A reasonable amount of Botox® is required for effective treatment – much more than is required to treat wrinkles. It's not cheap but if excessive perspiration is a real problem for you, it's worth looking into.
How do I find out if Botox® could help me?
To find out if Botox® is right for you and to enquire about pricing, call Caci now on 0800 438 438.
Jackie Smith, Founder of Caci shares her experience using Botox to treat underarm perspiratioN
"I just want to relay my personal experience with Botox for sweating.
Luckily for me, I'm not a particularly sweaty person , but early last year at one of our regular staff conferences, we needed a volunteer for a demonstration of the technique of Botox to the underarms.
As one of the founders of Caci, over the years I have often been the subject of testing and practising. My underarms (and other areas) have already been used many times for students learning laser hair removal, so I have no under arm hair - but that's another story.
Anyway back to perspiration. Inevitably, my underarms were the ones practiced on for the Botox, and the outcome was surprising to me. It's really not particularly uncomfortable to have it done. The odd injection makes you jump but most are very bearable. The thing that surprised me was what a difference it made for me even though sweating hadn't been a problem for me.
I recall at first being amazed that I could go for a brisk 1 hour walk in the morning and come home with dry underarms. And that is still the case, over a year later. Recently, in some situations I have started to perspire a small amount. Most people with hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) find that they need reatreating 7 to 9 months later.
The other surprising thing is that most of my shirts and dresses don't need washing each time I wear them. They have no body odour, even in summer after a day of wearing with no deodorant.
Underarm treatment with Botox does take a reasonable amount of the medicine - about enough to treat 5 foreheads. So its not cheap, to get a quote visit your nearest Caci for a complimentary consultation. I have lots of clients who have had their lives changed by Botox to their underarms. No - thats not an overstatement! Suffering from excessive sweating can be soul destroying. And the relief that is felt when you don't have to worry about it can be immense.
I will have it done again." Jackie Smith
Our thanks to Caci for their assistance with this article.
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