Botox for Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
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? We’ve all been there. While sweating is perfectly normal and essential to regulating body temperature, some people have been found to sweat much more than is biologically necessary. If you are one of these people, you might have a condition known as hyperhidrosis that can be treated with Botox.
Hyperhidrosis is the medical condition characterized by excessive sweating in the armpits, palms, soles of the feet, face, scalp, and/or torso. The amount of sweating varies case by case and is characterized by an abnormal amount of sweating (not caused by triggers like heat or exercise) that interferes with daily life. Some patients experience symptoms like cracking of the skin and athlete’s foot.
In addition, hyperhidrosis can severely impact a person’s quality of life. Often, those affected by this condition avoid social gatherings and other public events because of embarrassment. Some experts say this condition can be frustrating and socially isolating to those who are impacted by it. Fortunately in most cases, the condition is treatable with injections of Botox.
How does Botox work for hyperhidrosis?
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 for hyperhidrosis 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.
Where is Botox used for hyperhidrosis?
In addition to cosmetic enhancements, Botox is currently approved by the FDA for the treatment of excessive underarm sweating. However, it has been used effectively for “off-label” treatment on other areas of the body. For example, palmar and plantar hyperhidrosis (or excessive sweating of the hands and feet) can be treated successfully with Botox in the same way that underarms are treated. Doctors may prescribe Botox for other areas of the body prone to excessive sweating which include:
- chest and under the breasts
What to expect after Botox
After Botox, you can go home immediately. The procedure can take as little as 10 minutes so you will be out the door before you know it. It’s important to note that the patient should avoid exercise and not take a hot bath or shower for the rest of the day.
Most patients will begin to notice the results of Botox for hyperhidrosis in as little as 2-4 days. While some will see the effects of its 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. Results may not last as long on the hands and feet so be prepared to repeat the procedure after the duration of this time frame.
Schedule your FREE consultation with our staff at San Diego Botox to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure, and to answer any questions you may have.