Sweating is normal. In fact, it’s essential: Humans need to sweat in order to regulate body temperature. Hyperhidrosis more commonly known as excessive sweating affect approximately 7 million people in the US. Hyperhidrosis can be embarrassing and socially isolating, and many people find the condition quite upsetting.
In some cases, problematic sweating is limited to one area of the body, such as the underarms or feet, a condition called focal hyperhidrosis. Other cases are more generalized, with sweating over large areas of the body. The most common areas affected by hyperhidrosis are the scalp, underarms, hands, feet and groin area.
It’s important to be medically evaluated for excessive sweating because there are a few other rare, serious conditions that can also cause excessive sweating symptoms.
HOW DOES BOTOX® TREAT EXCESSIVE SWEATING?
Botox® for the treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis has produced a relatively simple yet effective treatment for this disabling condition.
Botox® injections use botulinum toxin to block the nerve signals responsible for sweating, stopping the sweat glands from producing too much sweat. Retreatment is typically needed in four to six months, as the nerves regenerate. Over time, however, patients can go longer between treatments. The injections are generally well tolerated by patients, and the treatment is very effective for underarms hyperhidrosis
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO GET BOTOX® INJECTIONS FOR HYPERHIDROSIS?
Botox® injections are most successful when hyperhidrosis is confined to one area of the body. The procedure is simple. Numbing cream is applied to the treatment area up to one hour before the injections. The skin of the affected area is thoroughly cleaned. Botox® is injected superficially under the skin using a very tiny needle.
Bruising, swelling, or tenderness is possible after the procedure, but is generally minor. Client typically starts seeing results in five days, with full results after two weeks.
I do not recommend Botox® treatment for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or for people with a history of neuromuscular disorders.
The Process Botox® for Excessive Sweating
Varies: Bruising 1-2 days