Most of us are familiar with Botox for aesthetic use, to remove the wrinkles on the lower forehead between the eyes. Commonly referred to as the 11’s, these lines form in pairs on both sides of the muscle that runs from the center of the forehead to the bridge of the nose. Using Botox to eliminate the 11’s is one of the most popular injectable treatments at the Morristown, NJ office of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS.
With the approach of the warmer weather of summer, however, the use of Botox for another reason, to alleviate excessive underarm sweating, is also a greatly sought after treatment. Axillary hyperhidrosis, the medical term for this condition, often worsens in the hot weather, although many people suffer from excessive underarm sweating year round, regardless of the temperature or their level of stress. Lighter colored clothing typically worn during the summer makes axillary hyperhidrosis even more evident. Although this condition is not harmful, the embarrassment caused by excessive underarm sweating often erodes one’s self confidence, both in business and social situations.
In 2004, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved Botox for the treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis. When injected to the underarm area, Botox temporarily blocks the secretion of the chemical messenger that causes the area to sweat. Since the glands in the underarms account for only two percent of the body’s sweat glands, this has no effect on the body’s temperature control, nor does it result in the production of more sweating in other areas of the body.
Treatment with Botox for excessive underarm sweating takes very little time, requires no downtime and there are no restrictions following the appointment. A substantial reduction of sweating is evident within 48 hours, with the full effects of treatment noted within two weeks. Unlike Botox used for elimination of wrinkles which lasts for three to five months, dryness in the underarm area typically lasts for nine to twelve months.
Feel confident in any situation! To discuss treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis call the office of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS at 973-889-9300 to schedule an appointment.