Botox is one of the most well-known and widely used cosmetic beauty treatments around the world. While it’s primarily used as a way of reducing facial wrinkles and improving skin texture and tone, it has various other medical uses as well.
One of the most popular alternative uses for Botox is to treat the symptoms of severe sweating in the armpits. It is used in the NHS and as a private treatment for those with severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis that have not responded well to other topical treatments for the condition. The treatments can substantially improve the issue for the patient in a relatively short period of time.
How Much is Too Much?
It’s natural to sweat, however some people suffer with a condition known as severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis, which causes the body to sweat excessively in order to properly regulate body temperature.
While some people will naturally sweat more than others, the condition can be a serious hindrance when it causes the sufferer to have to change clothes frequently, avoid certain fabrics or colours or generally causes problems with their day to day life.
Generally the first step will be the use of antiperspirants, and if over the counter treatments aren’t doing the job a doctor may prescribe a particular antiperspirant to try and combat the issue. If those solutions don’t work, it may be time to consider Botox as a treatment.
How Does Botox Help?
Botos is a neurotoxin which adversely affects muscle control, and can cause muscle weakness and paralysis as well as a number of other issues when used incorrectly. The ability to paralyze the muscles is actually what makes it so useful at fixing wrinkles, and it’s the reason it’s useful as a treatment for excess sweating.
The body secretes sweat from the eccrine and apocrine glands. Eccrine glands are in the skin and are all over the body, while apocrine glands are in the areas which a higher concentration of hair follicles, such as the scalp, groin and armpits.
These glands are controlled by the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, which regulate and control involuntary bodily functions we all take for granted like breating, blood pressure and heart rate. When your body gets warmer, it signals to the sweat glands to start cooling the body down.
Botox works by affecting the signals between the nerve endings and the sweat glands. It binds with the nerve endings close to the area where it was injected and essentially acts as a communication roadblock. This roadblock prevents the message to cool the body reaching the sweat glands in that area, which ultimately reduces or prevents sweating in the target area.
It’s a highly effective treatment which has been a real life changer for people suffering from excess sweating. The treatments needs topped up every few months to remain effective, but the difference it makes is hard to understate.