Plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson recently appeared with a patient on WTTE Fox 28’s Good Day Columbus show to perform a live Botox demonstration – in the armpit! Most people are familiar with the benefits of Botox when treating wrinkles and lines in the face; however, it also serves as one of the best treatments for hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating.
Chemical signals are responsible for turning the sweat glands on and off. For patients with hyperhidrosis, the glands are always in the ‘on’ position. The armpits, hands and feet are most commonly affected, which can lead to embarrassment, anxiety, and social withdrawal.
Botox interrupts the chemical messenger system in the sweat glands and turns the signals off. This effectively reduces, and often even eliminates sweat. The treatment is comfortably performed as an office procedure, and takes only about five minutes per side.
It’s important to find a board-certified physician who has experience with hyperhidrosis patients and can ensure that the injections are placed accurately. To see Dr. Donaldson demonstrate the procedure, check out the video above.