BOTULINUM TOXIN (BOTOX) FOR EXCESSIVE SWEAT FAQ
Botulinum Toxin is also known as Anti-Wrinkle Injections and most popularly known as Botox but we just call it Bo-tox!
Excessive sweating (also known as Hyperhidrosis) affects both men and women and can become an embarrassing problem, affecting peoples lives in negative ways.
Once sweating disrupts daily activities, such as the clothes you choose to wear, the way you travel to work, the environments in which you can speak publicly, it can become a significant burden.
Bo-tox Sweat Treatment
Benefits of Bo-tox for excessive sweating:
- When treating areas like the underarms, vulva, hands & feet Bo-tox prevents excessive sweating
- Helps to control the symptoms of severe underarm sweating when other treatments have not been successful
- Can reduce sweat by 80%
- It's a non-invasive treatment, preferred over surgery
- Quick treatment only taking 10 minutes
- FDA approved!
- Results last 4 - 12 months dependent on the person
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for frequent or excessive sweating. Sweating is the body’s natural way of cooling down, but when the body produces more sweat than is necessary to cool the body, this is known as hyperhidrosis.
Excessive sweating is most common on the forehead, palms of the hands, the soles of the feet, genital area and the underarms.
Sometimes there are underlying medical reasons why this may be happening, and we encourage all our clients to investigate this by seeing your GP before deciding upon which treatment is most appropriate. Often there is no underlying cause identified and the condition is described as “Idiopathic” or “Primary”
What is this treatment & how does it work?
This treatment involves the Botox® solution being injected into the sweat glands. These injections relax the tiny sweat glands located just under the skin. These sweat glands normally produce sweat, which then travels up the sweat duct and out through the pores onto the surface of the skin. With these sweat glands in a more relaxed state, they no longer over produce sweat and that excessive sweat is no longer seen or felt at the skins surface.
What areas can I treat?
We treat the palms of the hands, feet, underarms area & Vulva (outer vagina area).
Is the treatment painful?
This is a non-surgical treatment carried out with very fine needles, therefore, the treatment is largely pain-free. If you are uncomfortable with needles, then you may feel mild discomfort which is experienced due to the small needle injection involved however we use an insulin needle which is very fine, some do not feel the needle at all.
How does the process work?
Bo-tox injections are one of the quickest cosmetic treatments available at YLB. The treatment will involve a highly qualified aesthetician making a series of small injection of the Botox solution into the sweat glands. The injection process itself will only take a few minutes.
What should I do to prepare for my Bo-tox underarm treatment?
For Bo-tox in underarm or vulva area please arrive to appointment with no hair in the treated area and wearing a dark coloured loose fitting clothing. You will need to expose the area for treatment so a vest or sleeveless top is recommended. If you can avoid using deodorant 12 hours before your appointment. Avoid consuming alcohol or taking aspirin, or nurofen in the 24 hours before or after your treatment.
What should I avoid after my Bo-tox underarm treatment?
Avoid tight fitting clothing over the area and avoid white underwear or tops immediately after treatment as there may be marks from the treatment which can stain clothing. Avoid consuming alcohol or taking aspirin, or nurofen in the 24 hours before or after your treatment. You should avoid applying deodorant on the day of treatment and after for at least 12 hours. You should avoid hot bath or shower for 24 hours after treatment
How soon will I see my results?
It normally takes at least 7 days to see any effect and 2 weeks for full results. A free review appointment is available at 2 weeks. Every client is different and will therefore see their results at different times.
How long will my results last?
Your results on the body to treat excessive sweating lasts 4 - 6 months. We advise all of our clients to have their Bo-tox body treatment done approximately 2-3 times a year.
The treatment is usually very effective; resulting in an almost complete cessation of underarm or facial sweating that can last up to a year from just one treatment session. It is important to note that Bo-tox injections for excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) is not a cure. Symptoms will eventually return and further treatments will be required.
What can I expect straight after my treatment?
Straight after your treatments you can expect redness, slight soreness, mild pinpoint swelling, bruising is unlikely but may occur. All of these initial reactions quickly subside and are nothing to worry about.
What are the possible side affects?
If you are worried about the side effects of Bo-tox, then please feel free to book a consultation with us to discuss it further. Some of the side effects which are associated with Bo-tox are short-lived and mild, the most common being mild bruising to the site of the injection. Some clients also get mild headaches shortly after the treatment, but these usually subside within 24 hours, you can also take paracetamol to relieve this.
Is it a safe treatment?
The Botox solution is injected in very small concentrations, which are not harmful when performed correctly, this treatment has been done for many years. Since their introduction, four decades ago Bo-tox injection treatments have become a very popular to treat fine lines, hyperhidrosis, relax muscles, and achieve different cosmetic results.
Bo-tox injections are safe when they are done by a trained & qualified professional, the risks are extremely minimal.
Who should not have this treatment done?
There is a selection of people who are advised not to have this type of treatment done:
The injection site is infected
You're prone to keloid scaring
You are allergic to any of the ingredients
You are pregnant or breastfeeding
You have a neuromuscular disorder (e.g. myasthenia gravis)
If you are still unsure if you are suited for Bo-tox treatment then a full list of side effects, cautions and contraindications will be discussed at face-to-face consultation. We can also discuss this over the phone with you.
What is the aftercare for this treatment?
AFTERCARE FOR THE BODY
Avoid exercise, hot baths or showers for 24 hours
Avoid tight fitting top & white top for 24 hours
Do not take aspirin, nurofen or consume alcohol for 24 hours before & after treatment
Do not apply deodorant or anti-perspirant until the following morning
Do not rub or massage the treated area
Do not have any other treatments in the same area for 2 weeks
Who is the Bo-tox treatment suitable for?
Bo-tox injections are suitable for clients who suffer from excessive sweating on their underarms, vulva, palms of the hands and soles of the feet.