Back to basics, what causes excessive sweat?
Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) is common and can affect the whole body or just certain areas. There is often no set cause; usually it’s a result of the body regulating our normal temperature but continuing to do so even after cooling down. In most cases, it’s something you’re prone to genetically, but it can also be a side effect of medication, or a symptom of another condition. Alcohol, caffeine, stress and anxiety can also be triggers.
As for treatment, what are the easy options?
Antiperspirants and deodorants continue to be the most popular treatments, and many pharmacists will recommend a stronger formulation if you’re really struggling. But many of us are seeking options that provide longer-term results. Cue botox, which has risen in popularity after Chrissy Teigen claimed it was the best move she had ever made.
How does armpit botox work?
Botox treats the condition by blocking the nerves responsible for activating your sweat glands. A small amount is injected into the underarm through a tiny needle. This paralyses your overactive nerves, which then stop signalling to your sweat glands, meaning you will no longer sweat. It can also be used to treat hands, the forehead and feet.
And how reliable is it?
It’s a highly effective treatment that’s been proven to reduce sweating by 75%. Though it’s worth noting that the longevity of the results depends on where you’re having the injections. For example, the underarm area can last for nine months at least, while both palms and feet will often need top-ups every three months or so. Wherever you have it done, it’s advisable you check back in for a review because your practitioner will be able to tell you if you need additional botox. It’s also recommended you get the treatment in the hotter months.
What about pain – is there any downtime?
There is no downtime needed whatsoever. At most, you’ll experience some bruising which will disappear a few days after treatment. It is important to keep the area clean to avoid infection. Deodorant shouldn’t be used for at least three hours following treatment to prevent irritation. As for the pain, I always use invisible needles, which are very fine and cause no pain. The treatment is fast – it takes only 10-15 minutes – so you’ll barely notice it happening. However, if you have a low pain threshold and are concerned, you can have a numbing cream applied pre-treatment.
Anything else to be aware of?
As with most treatments, you should assess whether you’re suitable for it. Avoid it entirely if you have any localised skin infections, or if you’re pregnant and taking certain medications such as aminoglycosides, penicillamine, quinine and calcium channel blockers. In short, your GP or medical practitioner should always be made aware prior to a treatment like this.
Finally, how much does a session cost?
It varies from clinic to clinic. I always say this, but question the clinic and whether it’s safe for you if it seems very reasonable. Prices tend to range from £650 to £685 – anything under that, I would advise you to thoroughly research the clinic.
5 Of The Best Places For Armpit Botox
Dr Richard Sibthorpe, 13 Crescent Place, Chelsea, SW3 2EA
Medicetics Skin Clinic, 10 Harley Street, Marylebone, W1G 9PF
Rita Rakus Clinic, 34 Hans Road, Knightsbridge, SW3 1RW
Dr Esho, 10 Harley Street, Marylebone, W1G 9PF
Cadogan Clinic, 120 Sloane Street, Chelsea, SW1X 9BW
DISCLAIMER: If you suffer from hyperhidrosis and are keen to explore botox as a treatment, always consult your GP or medical advisor first to check you’re eligible and that it suits your individual needs.