Celebrities may have used it to prevent sweating under the spotlight at this year’s Oscars ceremony, but Botox can provide welcome relief for people who suffer excessively from the embarrassing problem. Hyperhidrosis – excessive sweating – affects one per cent of the population and in most cases there is no underlying cause. It usually occurs in the armpits and on the palms of the hands and feet. Regular use of anti-perspirant is not helpful.
Botox, which is often used for cosmetic purposes and temporarily rids people of wrinkles, can be used to help prevent perspiration for six to twelve months. In the past, people suffering from excessive sweating would undergo evasive treatment to help cure the condition such as surgically having their skin removed from their armpits or cutting the nerves in the neck which stimulate the glands which produce sweat.
Botox treatment involve the doctor applying a mixture of iodine and starch to the area to show up the glands. The Botox is then injected into the upper layers of the skin. Each armpit will need approximately 16 injections. The Botox works by blocking the chemical messengers which allow the body to sweat. Anaesthetic is used if the palms of the hands are being treated.
There are Botox practitioners in the UK who can treat patients who suffer from excessive sweating, and it’s certainly growing in popularity, but it cannot be used to treat women who are pregnant or breast-feeding.
If you would like to know more about Botox treatments in the Bournemouth area, and the range of procedures on offer at the Pour Moi Cosmetic Clinic, then please get in touch with us via our contact page. Please note, we do not currently offer armpit injections, only cosmetic Botox procedures.