Botox Injections For My Underarm Hyperhidrosis
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Botulinum toxin A
I recently got Botox injections to my underarms at my dermatologist's office for my excessive sweating.
My underarm sweating became very noticeable to me when I was a freshman in high-school. One day I just started sweating randomly and since then, I have always worn darker colored clothes to hide my sweat stains.
By the time I was 23, my sweating was severe enough that I felt justified visiting my dermatologist for a medical treatment. My dermatologist told me I was a good candidate for Botox injections, which were FDA approved to treat underarm sweating. Botox basically turns off your sweat glands.
For the injections, my dermatologist had me lie down and place the palm of my hand on the back of my head. He quickly gave me 10 shots of Botox. Then he moved to my other arm and did the same thing.
Afterward I didn't feel any pain or stinging. I had no side effects of any kind. The Botox took about a week to start kicking in and I realized it was working because I didn't have sweat stains. I even went to the gym the same day I noticed the Botox was working to see if I would have sweat stains after a rigorous workout. Even after 1 hour of cardio, I did not have any sweat stains! Hooray!
I know you're probably thinking 'if she wasn't sweating under her armpits, she was probably sweating more elsewhere on her body.' I still do sweat in other parts of my body, but I do not perspire any more or less than I did before my Botox injections. The only part of my body that was impacted was my underarms. But that was problem area and that was the only area the Botox was supposed to treat.
My doctor told me results can last anywhere from 4-12 months, although in his experience, he finds that his patients only need injections every 7 months. Either way, it was without a doubt worth it for me. I now wear light colors and no longer worry about sweat stains. It's been a real confidence booster. If you've been struggling for years like I have, this will be worth it for you too.
I paid $900 for my botox treatment, but some medical plans will recognize this procedure as a medical condition and will cover it. I'd recommend checking with your insurance company to confirm before meeting with a doctor. You can also take out a CareCredit interest free CC to pay for your procedure.