Botox for sweating: Does it really work? Tried and tested
Does a brisk walk leave you sopping wet? Does the thought of a light-coloured shirt on a hot day make you sick with anxiety? Do you get sweaty palms just reading this? If you sweat more than most, don’t worry you’re not alone. Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, affects up to 10 per cent of the population says Dr Catherine Stone, founder of The Face Place.
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How much sweating is too much?
As unpleasant and uncomfortable as sweat can be, it is a natural function that helps to regulate your body temperature. When you exert yourself physically through exercise or even mentally through anxiety, your body produces sweat to cool itself down. But, how do you know if your sweating is normal? Just like other bodily functions, there is no universal ‘normal’ amount of sweat and there are natural variations. But generally speaking, if you’re sweating heavily for no reason in circumstances that don’t warrant it, then you should seek professional advice. Also, if it’s getting in the way of your relationships and day to day life, then we definitely recommend this.
What is hyperhidrosis?
There are two types of hyperhidrosis – but those that suffer from it, regardless of the type, will know it be socially crippling, embarrassing, restrict clothing choices and destroy clothes.
Primary Hyperhidrosis is the most common form of hyperhidrosis and is not due to any particular underlying reason. It can be seen as excessive sweating in the palms, feet, underarms, face and/or scalp. Generally, it is experienced less at night than during the day. Often, there is a family history of excessive sweating.
Secondary Hyperhidrosis is a result of an underlying medical condition such as infection, endocrine disorders, metabolic disorders, cancers, neurological conditions, spinal cord injuries, cardiovascular disorders, respiratory disorders, anxiety and stress. The treatment of Secondary Hyperhidrosis requires treatment of the underlying problem or cause, although sometimes Botox can be helpful in treating the symptoms.
Botox for sweating
Contrary to the picture that Botched and the glossy mags paint, Botox has been around for decades delivering impressive, life-changing results! Obviously, you get what you pay for and we always recommend doing your research. One of the lesser known uses is Botox therapy to treat excessive localised sweating. It is a highly effective safe treatment boasting an almost 100 percent success rate, reducing sweating by up to 83 per cent for about 6-12 months!
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Did you see Leah Light's hubby, Geoff, come in for his first Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) treatment? If you missed it keep an eye out for our treatment video - it shows the special process our nurses go through to identify the overactive sweat glands, and the actual administration of the tiny injections. Who has tried this life changing treatment? 💦💉 #excessivesweating #transformation #hyperhidrosis
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How does it work?
“Botox is administered to temporarily reduce the communication between the nerves and the overactive sweat glands, 'turning down' the excessive sweating and bringing it back to normal levels,” explains Dr Catherine Stone, founder of The Face Place. “The procedure lasts only 10-20 minutes and involves tiny injections into the skin, which people may find uncomfortable rather than painful.” Results can usually be observed within two weeks.
But, does it really work?
We sent a member of the bh team along to try it out for themselves and give us the lowdown on how it all works.
Tell us about your situation pre-Botox...
“I experienced severe sweating in my underarms and on the more serve bursts found it socially debilitating. It was a vicious cycle: I’d get extremely anxious and worked up over it, continuously stress over it, which obviously made it all worse. In summer, it was far more prevalent and was unable to wear light blue shirts or grey. I resorted to wearing an undershirt in the end, which was uncomfortable in the summer heat. When it was bad, I experienced a lot of sweating around the forehead and back too.”
Where was the Botox administered?
“I got Botox in my armpits.”
Did you need to do anything to prepare prior?
Before the treatment you need to trim or shave your armpits so it’s easier to perform the treatment.
What happens in the treatment?
First, a map was drawn around my armpit to mark the injection points. Then a starch iodine is carried out to locate the overactive sweat glands. Then each armpit was injected 50 -100 times – it wasn’t as bad as it sounds though!
How long did the treatment take?
The whole process took about 45 minutes including drawing out the map.
What would you rate the pain out of 10 (1 being painless and 10 being extremely painful)?
I’d give the treatment a 6 – 7/10 depending on the area of the armpit. Towards the centre was far more painful as it’s. Overall, pain could be compared to a super-quick bee sting, which disappears in an instant. As there are so many pricks you do get used to it.
What is the treated area like post-Botox?
Armpit feels and looks like chicken skin following the procedure – some minor dots and bruising which disappear on their own pretty quickly.
What changes (if any) did you observe after the treatment? How long did it take?
After three days I noticed a reduction in sweating –then after one week, I couldn’t believe it, but hardly any sweating at all!
Did you experience any side effects?
The only thing to bear in mind is that I did experience compensation sweat in areas I didn’t previously. However, that said, it was a small amount in those areas (like the back) and it was definitely still more manageable than the amount on my underarms.
Would you get again? Do you think it’s worth the cost?
I can’t recommend this treatment enough – it’s totally changed my life. While it is expensive, my sweating dictated every aspect of my life. I would definitely recommend getting this once a year to cover your for the spring/summer season.
Try: Botox therapy for sweating at The Face Place, $1,600
UPDATE: three months on
I stand by all of the above: this changed my life. We had a hot, long summer that would usually fill me with anxiety but this year, I was finally able to enjoy it. Now it's winter, it is hard to gauge whether the results of the treatment still stand as my sweat glands won't be as reactive but I'm confident they have. For those who also struggle with hyperhidrosis I would definitely recommend consulting an expert and considering this in the lead up to summer.