Botox injections are used for cosmetic enhancements as well as for various medical conditions. While Botox is a neurotoxin or neuromodulator, it’s very safe if used appropriately by a medical professional.
Hyperhidrosis is a medical term for excessive sweating. It refers to excessive and abnormal sweating that may occur even when it’s not hot outside. Those who sweat excessively will often soak through their clothing rendering regular and prescription deodorants useless. Typical areas affected include underarms, hands, and feet.
Botox has been FDA approved to help those with hyperhidrosis by blocking the nerves responsible for activating your sweat glands. Normally, your nervous system would activate your sweat glands when your body temperature rises. This is how your body automatically cools itself. However, in people with hyperhidrosis, the nerves that signal the sweat glands are overactive.
What can Botox Injections do?
These injections will be received directly into the area of your body that commonly sweats. This then relaxes those overactive nerves. When your nerves don’t or can’t send a signal to your sweat glands, you don’t sweat. But just to be clear, Botox will only prevent sweating in the specific area that it’s injected.
Studies have shown that Botox can successfully treat all sweaty areas with a success rate of 75-90%. That said, hands/feet/face treatments usually last approximately 4-5 months while underarms can last from 4-14 months.
Injections are done by an experienced injector, typically an RN, Nurse Practitioner or Doctor. Injections will not take too long and will be completed during an office visit. Your injector will use a very fine needle just below the surface of the skin to inject the medication. You’ll receive several injections into your area of concern and sometimes we will apply a numbing agent or ice to assist with any pain. There is no “downtime” associated and you may return to work or your normal activities immediately thereafter. A follow-up exam may also be scheduled.
To prepare for the procedure, avoid shaving your underarms for 2-3 days prior to your appt. And be sure to tell us about any medications that you are currently taking.
Many studies have been done on Botox injections and most people tolerate it extremely well. Your injector will additionally explain all possible risks and side effects at your consultation but a couple more likely side effects include: headache or pain/bruising at the injection site. Within 2-7 days, you will start to notice some dryness in the treated area with full dryness occurring around 14 days.
Because the effects are only temporary, you will need more injections in the future.
Approximately 2 weeks after your treatment, you will typically have a follow up appt to receive any necessary “touch ups”, ie missed spots.
Botox is a highly effective treatment for hyperhidrosis for many people and it can dramatically improve quality of life. However, the treatments can be costly and are not always covered by insurance. We encourage you to talk with your insurance company relating to getting your Botox injections covered beforehand.
$11/unit and will be dependent on the number of units required. That said, it is more typical than not when injecting into the underarms that we inject nearly 100 units making the cost: $1200.
We do not inject hands/feet at this time.
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Meet Your Medical Director
I am a lifetime resident of the Arlington area and graduate of Arlington High School. I went on to pursue a career in nursing, graduate of Skagit Valley College ADN RN, completed my Bachelors of Nursing Science at University of Washington, and finished with an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner degree from Gonzaga University.
In addition, I’ve had 16 years of nursing experience including Burns, Plastics and Pediatrics at Harborview as well as the Emergency Department at Skagit Valley Hospital.
I pride myself in having a great deal of experience that allows me to provide safe care for our clients and I thoroughly enjoy the happiness and confidence that cosmetic treatments provide. Learning the importance of self-image was easy for me after working in the burn unit because I developed a love for helping people feel great about themselves.
Cosmetic Injections are a beautiful extension for me and I look forward to working with Advanced Skin Therapy and their vast clientele.
Meet Your RN
Affectionately known as “Nurse Jean” to her patients, Jean Trost R.N., B.S.N. brings with her over 17 years of Aesthetic Nursing expertise to Advanced Skin Therapy of Smokey Point.
Born and raised in rural Minnesota, Jean received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 1982. In 1983, Jean relocated to Washington State where her nursing career thrived. In 1998, when Jean transitioned to aesthetic nursing, the field was truly in its infancy.
In the summer of 2002, when Botox Cosmetic was FDA approved and the first FDA approved hyaluronic acid filler came to market, Jean was noted as one of the very first R.N. injectors in the Seattle area and was named by Allergan as one of the top Botox Cosmetic injectors in Washington State in 2007.
Jean’s artistic eye for detail, along with her genuinely warm, gentle approach, consistently delivers optimal aesthetic results achieving a high degree of patient satisfaction and long-term patient loyalty.
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