Does Botulinum Toxin for excessive sweating really work?

Sweating is necessary for humans to regulate their body temperature, so it is not only normal, but also necessary.

The problem is that many people sweat far more than they should, a condition known as hyperhidrosis.

Hyperhidrosis can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life, and it is frequently limited to one area of the body, most commonly the underarms and feet, a condition known as focal hyperhidrosis. Excessive sweating has been reported in larger areas of the body, though the underarms, feet, groin area, and sculp are the most commonly affected.

Most people find this embarrassing, and many will isolate themselves or avoid participating in certain activities to avoid the discomfort or embarrassment.

But did you know that Botox can be a useful treatment? 

Botox is commonly associated with anti-aging or wrinkle reduction, but Botox uses a botulinum toxin that can effectively block the nerve signals responsible for sweating, preventing sweat glands from producing excessive amounts of sweat. Because nerves regenerate, retreatment may be required every 6-8 months, though you may find that you can go longer between treatments over time.

A simple procedure for life changing results.

What is the procedure for treating hyperhidrosis?

In general, your appointment will last 45 minutes to an hour as injections are not a long drawn out process and can be completed during an office visit. A numbing cream is usually applied before the treatment begins and once  the numbing cream has taken effect, the physician cleans the area and makes specific marks with ink before performing numerous injections with a tiny needle just beneath the skin’s surface. In most cases, 15 to 20 injections are administered in a grid pattern in the area of concern.

Some patients may experience minor bruising, swelling, or tenderness following the procedure, and patients should see results within 5 days, with full results appearing after 2 weeks.

You can resume your normal routine after the procedure, and you will most likely have a follow-up appointment in 2 weeks. It is usually advised to avoid using deodorant or perfumed products under your arms for at least 24 hours, as well as to avoid strenuous exercise and hot baths for 1 – 2 days.

Botox may be a good option if you aren’t responding to other treatments, such as prescription antiperspirants.

Botox has helped many patients improve their quality of life by giving them the confidence to go out and enjoy life.

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