Botulinum Toxin Treatment of Underarm Sweating

Before Treatment

  • Avoid aspirin, Vitamin E, St John’s wort and other dietary supplements.
  • Avoid alcohol and Ibuprofen for 2 days.
  • Shave underarms and do not use deodorants or antiperspirants for 24 hours before your appointment.

After Treatment

  • You may have temporary purple discolouration of the skin after treatment (because of the iodine-starch test) which will wash off over 1-2 days with regular washing.
  • Do not massage the treated areas or apply heat on the day of treatment.
  • Avoid exercise or activities that cause flushing on the day of treatment including hot tubs, sauna and tanning.
  • Gently apply a cool compress or wrapped ice pack to the treated areas for 15 minutes every few hours as needed to reduce discomfort, swelling or bruising up to a few days after treatment. If bruising occurs, this usually resolves within 7-10 days.
  • Botulinum toxin treatment usually takes 1 -2 weeks to fully develop and last approximately 6 months.
  • Contact the surgery if you feel that you require a touch up after 2-3 weeks.