Botox for Sweating: What You Need to Know

by | Oct 9, 2020 | Injectables & Fillers

We’ve talked about Botox on the blog before, but we’ve never delved into its use for Hyperhidrosis. A simple explanation of Hyperhidrosis is the medical condition of excessive sweating. There’s no need to be embarrassed about it, its a pretty common thing! Plus, now that we have a great treatment for it, you’ve got nothing to worry about ladies and gents.

You might be thinking to yourself, “how do I know if I have Hyperhidrosis?” Well, here are some symptoms that could lead you to want to be diagnosed by a medical professional. If you’re sweating even when it isn’t hot, and you’re sweating excessively through your clothes, chances are you are victim to Hyperhidrosis. The regular store-bought antiperspirants just aren’t gonna cut it, I hate to break it to you.

Sweaty armpits woman

The FDA has approved Botox treatment for excessive sweating, and it’s primarily used for the armpit area. However, there are certain cases where it can also be injected in the hands, feet, or face, but this is not an actual “Botox” brand treatment. This means that an “off-label” option is available, it just won’t be Botox itself.

So, let’s go through the underarm treatment that most people are usually seeking. The treatment works by essentially blocking the nerves that activate your sweat glands. The nervous system, when properly working, only activates the sweat glands when the body temperature rises. However, people with hyperhidrosis have overactive sweat glands so the Botox will paralyze these nerves. This means you will not be sweating, and that is why the treatment should only be used for very particular problem areas.

sweaty armpits man

Courtesy of U of Minnesota Health

If you feel like you need to invest in a Botox treatment for excessive sweating, you should start by talking to one of our professionals at Luminessence. We can talk through all steps of the treatment process, and make it as seamless and painless as possible. Our mission is to help you be the best you, so give us a call and let’s talk!