Botox is truly a life-changer for many people (especially young adults) who suffer from excessive sweating of the underarms (axillary hyperhidrosis) or the palms and soles of the feet (palmoplantar hyperhidrosis).
- Palms of the hands
- Soles of the feet
HOW IT WORKS
Botulinum toxin is a purified substance derived from bacteria. The injection of botulinum blocks nerve signals that tell sweat glands to produce. The result is skin that stays drier.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- It’s safe. It’s extremely rare to see a complication from Botox that has been related to distant spread effect (affecting a distant muscle) when given at the proper dosages.
- It’s temporary. If it’s your first time considering injections, it can be reassuring to know the effect won’t last.
- Botox is given with the tiniest of needles. Bruising is typically not an issue with Botox injections.
- College-aged adults are the most common group of clients who pursue this treatment because they are tired of dealing with annoying and embarrassing sweat stains on their clothes.
- Palms are another popular area for hyperhidrosis treatment, as sweaty palms often keep people from shaking hands in social situations.
Results begin to be noticeable in a few days but can take up to a week for full effect. The treatment lasts up to 6 months, so most will come in around spring before the Southern summer heat wave starts.
Procedures generally last around 15-20 minutes, and no anesthesia is required. You can get back to your routine immediately.
The only word of caution is to not rub or massage the injected areas to prevent the Botox from spreading to unwanted areas.
FACTS ABOUT BOTOX
- In 2015, 6.7 million Botox procedures were performed, up 759 percent since 2000, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
- Botox has been found to treat true medical conditions such as spastic bladder, migraines and spasms of the eyelid.
- Often, children receive Botox for what we call “therapeutic” indications, around 400 units at any one given time. For most of us receiving Botox for cosmetic reasons, the typical dose is 20-70 units, far less than what is given for therapeutic indications.