Botox is not just for getting rid of wrinkles! It has tons of other uses, including helping to reduce sweating! Excessive sweating, also know as Hyperhidrosis, is relatively common and it affects about 10% of the population. Some people just naturally sweat more than others, while certain endocrine disorders, neurological problems, dermatologic syndromes, and social anxiety disorder or other psychiatric conditions can cause the problem. A lot of prescription medications can also cause excessive sweating as a side effect.
I’m always concerned about sweating because I sweat even when I’m cold! When I’m anxious it gets worse. I’ve tried every deodorant out there, although I haven’t tried Drysol, the prescription one. But Certain Dri, the super strong over-the-counter one, did nothing for me, except make me itch like crazy. Hmm I just noticed there’s a new antiperspirant for excessive sweating called Maxim that you can get on the internet. I haven’t tried it either. It’s annoying because there’s so many things I can’t wear because of the sweating problem. When antiperspirants don’t work, there’s always a surgical option, but that’s pretty extreme.
Botox to treat sweating!
Luckily Botox can now be used for sweating! We offered the treatment at my Medical Spa, but for some reason not too many people did it. The one or two people that actually had the treatment said that they had good results, and I’ve read about it being pretty successful. Last night I was watching “Dr. 90210” and Dr. Will Kirby (he was on my favorite show Big Brother) did Botox injections on his male friend’s underarms. First Dr. Kirby shaved the patient’s armpits, and then he applied cornstarch. Over that he applied iodine, and waited a few minutes. When the patient started sweating, you could see purple dots where there was sweating. Dr. Kirby then did a quick series of Botox injections into the armpits, and then he was done! Since I’ve had Botox, I can tell you that the pain isn’t bad at all, and I hate needles! I am pretty nervous about getting shots in my underarms, but I doubt it really hurts that much.
At my Medical Spa, the injector says she does about 8 shots on each underarm, and uses a total of 100 units of Botox for both sides. That’s a lot of Botox, and it would cost at least $1000! The good news is that Botox for your underarms lasts 6-7 months, as opposed to the 3-4 months in your forehead. There’s more good news. A lot of times insurance will cover Botox for sweating!! So check with your health insurance, and then with your Dermatologist. I don’t know how “much” sweating you have to do to be considered having Hyperhidrosis, and I have a feeling your health insurance wouldn’t pay for the treatment if you weren’t considered an excessive sweater. Also, if you do have excessive sweating, read up on it, and ask your doctor about it, because this could be a symptom of a larger health problem.
On Dr. 90210, Dr. Kirby said it would take about 3 days to start sweating less, and within a week, you should be not sweating at all in the treated area, or not much. I totally want to try Botox for sweating, but just haven’t done it yet. I would only do it if it’s covered by my insurance. Right now Botox is mostly used to treat the underarms, but the hands, feet, and face can also possibly be treated.