Are Botox Injections The Answer to Excessive Underarm Sweating?
Nicole Karlis on 9 Oct 2013 at 9:00am
Lindsey Winter, 25, was in the middle of a stressful work presentation when she started sweating. Inch by inch, her blouse slowly became soaked to the point where she couldn't even raise her arms. "My top was completely drenched," she says. "As I was leaving the meeting, I said to myself, 'This is not workable. I have to be able to raise my hands when I need to.'"
Lindsey's excessive underarm sweating started in her late teens. "You’re completely self-conscious," she says, "It was frustrating and kind of sad not to be able to wear what you wanted -- the cute dress or that cute style. Or borrowing clothes -- you don’t want to borrow things fearing you might ruin them."
After years of suffering, Lindsey finally saw a doctor. "The doctor diagnosed me [with hyperhidrosis or excessive underarm sweating] and sent me to a clinic that did Botox." Hyperhidrosis is caused by overactive sweat glands, and Botox (which Lindsey calls "life-changing) stops transmission of the nerve signals to those glands.
Says Lindsey, "After Botox, I could wear anything I wanted. I never had to consider whether or not I’d have to keep a jacket on if it got warm. It was liberating and freeing. I shopped with entirely new eyes. There were no limitations."
Turns out, working women like Lindsey aren't the only ones going for underarm Botox (which may temporarily cure sweating with one to two treatments repeated yearly).
NYC dermatologic surgeon, Dr. Bruce Katz, says he's seeing more teenagers coming in -- especially teenage women who say they stain their blouses with perspiration when they get stressed. "It’s embarrassing socially, especially around guys, or if they’re taking an exam. More and more insurance companies are starting to cover it. Some say, 'Is it safe for teens to get Botox?' Well, yes. There are no side effects and if the patient doesn't like it -- in time, the Botox will wear off. It’s completely safe."
See Seattle-based dermatologic surgeon, Dr. Jennifer Reichel, inject Botox for excessive sweating in the below video:
Men, like RealSelfer Dave22, are singing the sweat-free benefit of Botox as well saying, "With now dry pits, I've started wearing colored shirts. I love the fact that I don't always have to keep my elbows pressed to my sides like a Tyrannosaurus Rex -- for fear of big ol' dinner plate-sized sweat stains grossing people out."
That said, although Dave22 was happy to report his Botox wasn't overwhelmingly painful (he iced his underarms before the treatment) -- he does say it was expensive. Even so, he still maintains that the injections, which can range upwards to $2000, were completely worth it.
Says Dave22," After Botox, my wife said I was a different person... less fidgety and more confident."
Still have unanswered questions about Botox for hyperhidrosis? Ask them in our hyperhydrosis community, here.