Ladies, we are beautiful, confident and courageous…but we are also human and the uncontrollable sweaty armpits can plague us from time to time. With the warm summer months upon us, we have found the answer to help keep underarms dry while we are wearing our favorite sleeveless silk dress at the next dinner party… BOTOX®!
Many people suffer from uncontrolled sweating under their arms. Our body is simply trying to regulate its internal temperature; however, there are times when we don’t feel hot, but our underarms are flowing like Niagara Falls. This can be embarrassing in social and professional situations so we investigated a bit more about this unique treatment that is gaining popularity in Zurich among both men and women.
The science behind sweating and Botox:
Sweating is an involuntary process that is controlled by the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and thus is not controllable. Nerve endings, which are in direct contact with sweat glands, are stimulated by electrical signals that cause these glands to secrete sweat. From a medical perspective, sweat production of any individual who produces more than 100 ml per 5 minutes is abnormal and there are various degrees of severity that can be distinguished:
- Slight hyperhidrosis (the skin of affected individuals is increasingly damp)
- Moderately severe hyperhidrosis (formation of weld beads)
- Severe hyperhidrosis (sweat drips off)
To control excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) – or semi-excessive sweating for ladies like us! – Botox unfolds its effect, once injected, directly on the nerve endings by blocking the release of the transmitters that communicate with your nerve endings and sweat glands. In simple terms, Botox stops the communication between these nerves, transmitters and glands to prevent sweat from forming in this localized area…essentially putting the nerves to sleep for a little while.
What is Botox?
Botox is a purified protein toxin produced by Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that is commonly found in soil. It is a neurotoxin that to this date is still the most powerful ever discovered, as no other non-surgical product on the market has the ability to have such powerful effects on nerve cells, particularly for cosmetic purposes. Botox is suitable for the body and overall cosmetic health of individuals. Botox is no longer just for wrinkles!
What can I expect during the treatment?
After a brief questionnaire and consultation, Botulinum toxin A is injected in extremely diluted form under the skin of the entire hyperhidrotic area. The treatment of the axilla (armpit) is slightly painful, but tolerable, so a local anesthetic is not necessary.
Risks and side effects:
There are no known long-term side effects and the doctor will consult with you on all possible short-term effects, generally most people experience nothing more than a slight headache. With time, the Botox itself is ultimately absorbed and eliminated by the body, leaving no traces once the effects wear off.
How long does it last and what is the cost?
On average, individuals see results last 5-9 months, or even up to one year. It has been suggested that the metabolism of the individual will determines the result. After this time, your nerve endings regenerate and your body will return to its normal perspiration routine. Re-treatment is effective and repeated injections can prolong the duration of underarm sweat prevention. Treatment for underarm perspiration utilizing the Botox method will cost an approximate of CHF 800-1000.
Where can I receive this treatment?
There are some wonderful clinics and aesthetic medical centers in Zurich that we have visited and interviewed. We have found a few favorites…but there is a new (and very interesting) Swiss law that says we are not allowed to promote the clinics that provide Botox services. The details are still a bit fuzzy…so until it is all figured out among the authorities, feel free to drop us a line at info@myGirlfriendGuide.com and we’ll make some personal (non-published) recommendations for you!