Botox® has gained approval as a minimally invasive treatment for patients struggling with excessive underarm sweating inadequately managed by topical agents like antiperspirants. Administered through small injections into the axillary (underarm) area, Botox® effectively halts severe sweating.
Dr. Stella Desyatnikova, a renowned expert in facial plastic surgery, brings a wealth of experience and training in administering Botox®. As a board-certified specialist in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, she possesses the expertise needed to effectively treat hyperhidrosis. Dr. Stella's commitment to her patients and advanced training make her the ideal choice for those seeking relief from excessive sweating.
Hyperhidrosis typically manifests during adolescence or young adulthood and is characterized by excessive sweating. While the precise cause remains uncertain, genetics play a significant role, with a family history often present in one-third to one half of patients. Stress, emotions, and physical activity can exacerbate severe sweating, which often occurs spontaneously.
The condition is believed to stem from a malfunction in the sympathetic nervous system, responsible for regulating involuntary bodily functions. In individuals with hyperhidrosis, an overproduction of the neurotransmitter triggering sweat glands or an overactive gland response may contribute to the problem.
When injected near sweat glands, Botox® inhibits the release of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter responsible for stimulating sweat gland activity. By blocking these signals, Botox® effectively reduces excessive sweating.
The effects of Botox® treatments for hyperhidrosis are temporary, typically lasting about 6 months on average, depending on the individual. Re-administration of the treatment is necessary to maintain the maximum effect.
During the treatment, it's advisable to arrive with your underarms shaved. Dr. Stella uses a fine needle to perform approximately 20 to 25 quick injections in the area under each arm where hair grows. You can apply ice after the treatment to minimize any discomfort or swelling.
Is it the same Botox® used for wrinkles?
Yes, Botox® Cosmetic, originally approved for treating frown lines, has been FDA-approved for severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis since 2004.
Is the injection painful?
Most patients find these treatments highly tolerable due to the tiny needle and swift injections.
When will I see results?
You'll notice a reduction in sweating within 3 to 5 days after the treatment.
Isn't sweating necessary for the body? Will stopping it cause problems?
While sweat is crucial for temperature regulation, Botox® treatments won't impact normal sweating elsewhere on your body, ensuring no adverse effects on your health.
Experience the confidence of drier days with Botox® for hyperhidrosis at The Stella Center, where Dr. Stella's expertise and compassionate approach promise effective relief from excessive sweating. Your comfort and well-being are our top priorities.
For further assistance or to schedule a consultation, please reach out to us at 206-682-3223. We're here to support you in your rejuvenation journey.