Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis is a big problem for many men and women across the US, often leaving them frustrated and embarrassed. Conventional treatment for hyperhidrosis includes iontophoresis and prescription anti-perspirants, but these are sometimes not very effective. But now there is botox. Yes! Botox has been used to treat excessive sweating with excellent results.
Hyperhidrosis is a disorder in which individuals sweat above the normal levels required to maintain thermal regulation. The armpit, feet, and hands are the parts of the body that are most often affected by this problem. It can become so chronic that it impacts the social interaction of those who suffer from it.
Botox for Hyperhidrosis
Botox is widely recognized as an anti-agingcosmetic treatment, used to soften lines and wrinkles. However, its success as a treatment for hyperhidrosis is not as well known. Botox is FDA cleared for treating underarm sweating, especially when topical agents such as antiperspirants have not been successful.
Botox or botulinum toxin A is a neurotoxin protein. It is generally used to block the nerve impulses, so that the muscles do not contract. This causes the muscles to relax, and when they do, expression lines and wrinkles become much less pronounced, creating temporary relief.
Similarly, when botox is injected into the armpit, it interrupts the normal nerve impulses to the sweat glands. As a result, it significantly reduces the rate at which sweating takes place.
The botox injections can be administered in the doctor’s office, and treatment time is about 15 minutes. It may take multiple injections in order to achieve the desired results, but this will depend on your doctor’s assessment of the specific area that needs to be treated. Botox is an effective treatment for hyperhidrosis, and patients can expect gradual improvement, but repeat injections will be required.