We all perspire; this is how our bodies regulate temperature. Everyone sweats in various areas, like their armpits, hands, feet, forehead and chest. It’s a common issue for most of us. If you find yourself excessively sweating even when you are not active or stressed, it could be a sign of axillary hyperhidrosis. Although it is not associated with any sickness or health issue, extreme sweating can be quite awkward and significantly lower someone’s quality of life. Fortunately, BOTOX® can now be used to regulate and manage excessive perspiration.
What is hyperhidrosis?
How can BOTOX® help treat excessive sweating?
BOTOX® injections for excessive sweating is a non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment option that works to impair the sweat glands.
The injections are administered directly into the affected area. They then interrupt the signals from the nerves that cause sweat glands to produce sweat and temporarily reduce sweating for up to 6 months.
BOTOX® is a neuromodulator that alters the way nerves communicate with muscles. After it is administered, signals from the nerves are unable to reach your sweat glands and thus sweating is inhibited. While this treatment is most commonly used on the underarms, you may also discuss other areas such as your hands, feet, forehead or other places during your consultation.
Injections are safe and well tolerated, with minimal risk of side effects. Common side effects include localized pain, redness, and tenderness at the injection site. These usually resolve quickly. For those looking for a safe, minimally invasive solution to reduce excessive sweating, BOTOX® injections may be the answer. If you’re considering this procedure, it’s important to speak to your doctor about potential risks and benefits prior to treatment in order to determine if it is right for you.
Can BOTOX® work for me?
If you have either localized or general perspiration, and your overall health is stable, BOTOX® can give you relief. An ultra-fine needle is used to inject a botulinum toxin which hinders the secretion of the chemical responsible for activating sweat glands. The treatment can be repeated when necessary and commonly 2-3 times a year will suffice to keep perspiration at bay.
How long does it take to get BOTOX® injections for excessive sweating?
BOTOX® injections for excessive sweating usually take 10-15 minutes, depending on the number of locations being treated. The procedure is relatively quick and simple. First, the area to be injected will be cleaned with an antiseptic solution and a topical anesthetic may be applied to minimize discomfort. A very small needle will then be used to inject a concentrated dose of BOTOX® into the affected area. Once the injection is complete, a bandage or ice pack may be applied to reduce any swelling. After the procedure is over, you can expect to notice results within 2-3 days, although it may take up to two weeks for full results to appear. Most patients report they experience no significant pain or discomfort during their treatment and are pleased with the results.
How long do results last?
Botox® injections for excessive sweating typically last 4 to 6 months, though this may vary and depend on the individual. The procedure itself is relatively quick and usually takes less than 30 minutes. During the treatment, a specialist will apply several small injections of Botox® into the area that needs treatment. After the injection, you’ll need to wait up to two weeks before you can notice any improvement in your sweating levels. Additionally, it’s important to note that not everyone responds to Botox® injections in the same way so for some people, the effects may last longer than 4 to 6 months. For these reasons, it’s best to consult with a doctor or dermatologist who can evaluate your condition and give you guidance on how long your particular treatment may last.