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What are the risks or complications of having botox in armpits to stop sweating>

Question posted by Bo Simms from Montreal

If it is recommended, how long does it last?

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  • Dear Bo Simms,Sweaty armpits or axillary Hyperhidrosis can be a significant and embarrassing aesthetic problem.  Functionally it can certainly ruin nice satin blouses and aesthetically can be quite embarrassing to have the constant worry or risk of sweat stains in your underarms.There are a number of treatments that can be offered for axillary Hyperhidrosis.  The more surgical treatments include treatment of the sympathetic nerve on the neck that leads to the sympathetic outflow stimulating hypersweating, however, this is very invasive treatment and is really relegated historical interest and is not performed anymore.Local treatments such as Smartlipo laser treatment under the skin or Vaser Lipo treatment under the skin to damage your sweat glands directly is also more invasive than usually needs to be performed and treatments have focused more recently on simpler options for near complete reduction of sweating.  The simplest, of course, is the use of Botox.  The use of Botox injected into the skin itself where the sweat glands lives results in deactivation of these sweat glands for up to one year.  Most patients will report over 90% sweat reduction for 9-12 months.  The disadvantage is that this has to be repeated every year and the advantages is that there’s essentially no risk.One of the more recent treatments that is also non-invasive is the MiraDry.  The MiraDry is an excellent option as it is performed as an outpatient under local anesthesia and after two treatments usually about 6-9 weeks apart most patients report 90-100% permanent reduction.  Now, the permanent nature of the MiraDry is what makes it so attractive.I hope this information has been of some assistance and best of luck.For more information, please review our MiraDry page and Botox page.To schedule a consultation please call SpaMedica at (416) 922-2868 or visit us at our website at Stephen Mulholland, M.D.Certified Plastic SurgeonYorkville, Toronto 

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