Botox For Excessive Sweating
Hyperhidrosis is the excessive sweating with which patients are unable to obtain relief by using antiperspirants. Excessive sweating also can occur in other areas including hands and feet. This is a medical condition that can be treated with Botox. Botox contains Onabotulinumtoxin A, a natural protein that can temporarily block the secretion of the chemical responsible for activating the sweat glands. When Botox is injected, botulinum blocks sweating in the area it is injected. The injections are extremely shallow and remain at the surface of the skin.
This is a safe and effective procedure to treat excessive sweating of the armpits, hands, feet and any other relatively small body parts. Not only does Botox help with the constant sweating of armpits, but it can help to get rid of those embarrassing sweaty palms as well. Botox has been shown to decrease sweating up to 87% in underarms. Patients notice results approximately 2-4 days after treatment with full results within 2 weeks. Results last from 4 to 5 months and significantly help improve on-the-job productivity.
Some patients are worried about blocking sweat glands because they believe it might affect the body’s natural process of thermoregulation. Even though sweating is a necessary body function for temperature-control, localized body areas only account for a small percentage of the body’s sweat glands. The temporary deactivation of the sweat glands will have little to do with body thermoregulation. When dealing with palmar excessive sweating, research has proven that Botox is 80-90% effective and will last up to 6 months. Side effects include temporary pain and weakness in the hands.
At Ageless MD this treatment is carried out by our expert staff or medical director. We usually provide topical numbing cream 15-20 minutes prior to the start of the procedure which only requires 10-15 minutes and does not limit any work or leisure activities. During the process, a very small needle injects tiny amounts of Botox right under the skin in a grid pattern throughout the area to be treated. The procedure is fairly painless. We use a 32-gauge needle, which is smaller than the needle on an insulin syringe.