When should you treat sweaty armpits?
Sweaty armpits may cause social embarrassment if left untreated. But how do you know how much sweat is “too much”? In reality, there is no effective and convenient way to measure total amount of sweat produced. As a rule of thumb, any amount of sweat that causes problems or distress to an individual is considered excessive. If you are constantly changing clothes due to underarm sweating, or if you are missing out on social gatherings due to concern about sweating, you should seek treatment.
What causes sweaty armpits?
Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, is a medical condition which may or may not have any underlying cause. Our sweat glands produce perspiration when we are under the hot sun, exercising or feeling stressed. Under normal circumstances, our nerves that activate regular sweating are put on hold. In a small population of people with hyperhidrosis, the sweat glands remain active even when they are in an air-conditioned room. Besides sweaty underarms, they may also experience sweaty face, palms or feet.
What are your options for sweaty armpits treatment?
For milder cases of sweaty unarms, you can consider topical anti-perspirants which can be purchased off-the-counter. For more severe cases, you can choose between botulinium toxin injection or Radiofrequency (RF) micro-needling to reduce sweat gland production. A single treatment session requires only 30 minutes. The results last 6 months to a year before you need to repeat another course of treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is sweaty armpits treatment painful?
Sweaty armpits treatment is generally well tolerated. We will apply numbing cream to the skin about 15-20 minutes before we begin. During the procedure, you may feel a light pricking sensation on the skin during the injection or micro-needling. You will hardly feel any discomfort.
How long is the downtime after the procedure?
It is common to experience mild redness around injection marks after sweaty armpits treatment. Your skin may appear to be a little more sensitive than usual for a day or two. If you are being treated with RF micro-needling, you may notice multiple brown dots on the skin for a few days. This is normal. Otherwise, there is minimal downtime and you can resume your usual activities right after the treatment.
What is the post procedural care after treatment?
You may be prescribed with a topical antiseptic wash and an antibiotic ointment to use after treatment. Generally, we would advise our patients to keep the skin clean and avoid anti-perspirants or perfumes for the next 2 to 3 days post treatment.
How many sweaty armpit treatments do I need?
For botulinium toxin injections, you can see results after a single treatment. The effects of the injection last about 4 to 6 months. For RF micro-needling, you would need a series of 3 monthly treatments and the effects last up to a year.
Are there any persons who are unsuitable for sweaty armpits treatment?
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, you may not be suitable for botulinium toxin injections. RF micro-needling is not recommended for patients who are fitted with a heart pacemaker or have metal implants in their body.