What is Hyperhidrosis?
Our body naturally produces sweat as a way to control body temperature and release excess substances or toxins. However, this mechanism is overactive in some individuals. Hyperhidrosis is the medical term used for excessive or abnormal sweating, independent of exposure to high temperatures. Commonly affected areas include the armpits, palms, and soles. Patients who have hyperhidrosis will often soak through clothing and visibly drip sweat. This can result in stained clothing, uncomfortable social encounters, and other negative, frustrating effects. Furthermore, over-the-counter antiperspirants are usually not effective in controlling this condition.
How does Botox treat Hyperhidrosis?
Botox really is a breakthrough treatment for patients suffering from hyperhidrosis. It works by blocking the overactive nerves that are responsible for stimulating your sweat glands. Keep in mind that sweating is prevented only in the areas that Botox is injected. It is currently FDA-approved for the treatment of underarms only, but commonly used off-label to treat palms and soles.
How long will Botox last?
When used for hyperhidrosis, Botox may last up to six months. This is in comparison to Botox used for prevention of fine lines and wrinkles, which lasts an average of three months.
What can I expect during treatment?
During your treatment, we will apply professional strength numbing cream to minimize discomfort. Skin cooling with cold air (Zimmer) and ice packs are also used to make the procedure as painless as possible. The treatment should take less than 20 minutes.
What can I expect post-treatment?
You may resume normal activities immediately after Botox treatment. A visible reduction of sweat in the area injected is achieved in approximately three to ten days. Unfortunately, Botox is not a permanent solution for hyperhidrosis and will require repeat treatments.
Are there potential side effects?
You may experience some redness, swelling, and/or bruising in the area, as with any treatment that requires the introduction of a needle into the skin. Consider reviewing our treatment tips for precautions to avoid/minimize bruising prior to your treatment.