How Do You Prepare for a BOTOX® Session to Treat Excessive Sweating?
If you’re considering BOTOX® for hyperhidrosis, our Westlake Village-based Pierre Skin Care Institute team can give you some tips to get the best results possible from these treatments.
BOTOX®, which is a purified form of botulinum toxin, has traditionally been used to reduce facial wrinkles, however it can also be helpful for treating hyperhidrosis—a condition associated with abnormal and excessive sweating due to overactive nerves. The injectable contains a neurotoxin that’s derived from microbes. BOTOX® is most commonly injected in small doses to temporarily reduce wrinkles by curbing the contractions of overactive facial muscles so that the skin on the surface doesn’t crease as much.
When used for excessive sweating, BOTOX® blocks the secretion of the chemical acetylcholine, which stimulates the body’s sweat glands. By stopping the glands from activating, it prevents sweating in the area where it is injected. BOTOX® is frequently used to target underarm sweat glands. By reducing the gland activity, these injections can minimize or stop armpit sweating.
This can be an ideal treatment strategy, especially if other options haven’t worked for you and excessive sweating is embarrassing or negatively affecting your quality of life.
BOTOX® is a simple and quick in-office procedure. That said, knowing what to do before your treatment can help you maximize results. Continue reading to learn about some of the best ways to prepare for BOTOX® to reduce excessive sweating.
• Avoid alcohol consumption for 24 hours before your appointment.
• Avoid taking blood-thinning medications (if it is medically safe to do so).
• If a rash, blemish, or cold sore occurs in the area to be treated, reschedule your appointment.
• Wear a short-sleeved shirt to your appointment.
• Avoid shaving your armpits for two to three days prior.
• Tell us about any medications you are currently taking.
• Tell us about any medical conditions you have.
The results from BOTOX® injections can last for months, making it a highly effective and popular treatment option for patients tired of routinely soaking their shirts.
Our Westlake Village-based team at Pierre Skin Care Institute can explain more about the advantages of these injectable treatments to help to reduce excessive sweating. Call us at 805-496-9190 or fill out a contact form if you would like to meet with us to learn about ways to treat hyperhidrosis.