Botox is Also a Treatment For Excessive Sweating or Hyperhidrosis
Are you afraid to lift your arms? Do you carry an extra shirt with you at all times because you’re hiding under arm sweat stains? You might have a condition known as hyperhidrosis that can be treated with Botox.
How Does Botox Reduce Sweating?
Hyperhidrosis is the medical condition characterized by excessive sweating in the armpits, palms, soles of the feet, face, scalp, and/or torso. Often, those affected by this condition may avoid social contact because of embarrassment. However, in most cases, the condition is treatable with injections of Botox.
Botox (OnabotulinumtoxinA) is a natural, purified neurotoxic protein with the ability to temporarily block the secretion of the chemical that is responsible for “turning on” the body’s sweat glands. By blocking or interrupting, this chemical messenger, Botox “turns off” sweating at the area where it has been injected.
Generally speaking, both men and women will see a 70-90% reduction in perspiration with Botox injections. Although Botox does not completely stop sweating, most people will see a very noticeable improvement.
The procedure requires relatively little time (approximately 10 minutes) and does not demand any restrictions in work or leisurely activities. A medical professional will simply inject tiny amounts of Botox into both underarms. We do recommend that you refrain from intense exercise or the use of a sauna on the day of the injections.
Patients Will Start to See Results in Reduced Sweating in 2-4 Days
Patients will begin to notice the results of Botox for hyperhidrosis in as little as 2-4 days, while others will see the effects of it’s full potential at approximately 2 weeks after the initial treatment. These results typically last 6 months, but some studies have found that it can last as long as 9-12 months.