Botox is a product that has become synonymous with anti-aging; from The Real Housewives to The Doctors, pop culture has thoroughly covered all the ways botulinum toxin type A —the active ingredient in Botox— can help keep you looking youthful. However, along with the wrinkle-reduction benefits of Botox, the popular cosmetic injectable is equipped to treat a multitude of medical conditions.
With the season hitting its peak, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about how Botox can help you beat the summer heat by preventing hyperhidrosis.
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating. If you regularly sweat through your clothes and both drug-store and prescription-grade deodorants don’t seem to be cutting it, it may be time to look into something a bit stronger. Botox could be a great option for you. The FDA-approved method for treating hyperhidrosis can be used for the treatment of the armpits, and also for the treatment of lesser thought-of areas such as the hands, feet, and face.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox works by blocking the nerves responsible for activating your sweat glands. The body sends signals to the glands to cool down the body when body temperature rises. People with hyperhidrosis sweat during most of their waking hours, regardless of their mood or the weather due to an overactive sweat gland.
When the Botox is injected into the overactive area, the nerves are paralyzed. The paralysis makes it impossible for the nerves to signal the glands, which in turn makes it impossible to produce sweat. The one caveat? The Botox only works in the specific area it was injected in. Once injected in the armpits the Botox can last from four to fourteen months. In other areas, such as the hands and feet, the effects tend not to last as long: typically up to six months.
How We Can Help
As the heat continues to rise, and the sweat continues to pour, it might be time to look into Botox for something other than traditional vanity reasons. At Laser Gentle, our goal is to help you feel like the most confident version of you. For many people in the Burlington and Natick area, Botox for hyperhidrosis can drastically improve their quality of life. When you’re ready to talk about it, we’re ready to do something about it. Don’t be shy; give us a call before the summer ends!