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Q and A Hyperhidrosis

Las Vegas Plastic Surgery

Can Botox treat Axillary Hyperhidrosis, (excessive underarm sweating)?  Is it safe?

Botox has been FDA approved for Axillary Hyperhidrosis, since 2004.

In our office, we have had good experience with Botox injections to the armpits.  We have treated patients, staff, and family members.  We typically use 50 units per armpit. A couple of patients have told us that it is the first time they wore a powder blue shirt in years. The models on the red-carpet also like to do this before the big events.  You will still sweat with exercise.  You won’t harm yourself by controlling excessive sweating.

How painful are Botox injections for Underarm Hyperhidrosis, (excessive underarm sweating)?

In our office, we apply a topical numbing medicine.  The procedure is quick, using a very small needle.  Most of our patients tolerate it well, and often say it is not a “big deal.”  It is truly a ‘lunchtime procedure”, where patients can get treated and then go back to work.

How long do Botox effects last?

Hyperhidrosis can be treated with Botox.  Most will see the effects lasting about 9 months.  We have had many patients last for over a year. 

Is Botox mixed with any other solutions for Hyperhidrosis?

Botox comes as a fine white powder in a vial.  One must mix it with sterile saline to get it into injectable, (liquid), form.  There are no other recommended liquids for dilution at time of this writing.

Is it effective to get Botox for sweaty armpits after other methods have failed?

Here in Las Vegas, excessive armpit sweating can be a big problem.  Patients often come in after going through conservative treatment, (i.e.; dry-sol, pads, etc.). If these don’t work, then we will often advise Botox injections.

The patients are usually very happy with the results.

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