Botox Injections for Excessive Sweating
Sweating is an important and natural process. It is our body’s way of regulating our temperature and helping us to cool down after we’ve been exercising or when it’s very hot. However, if you find that you are sweating when your body does not need to cool down, you may be suffering from hyperhidrosis.
This is the medical term for excessive sweating. Sometimes, excessive sweating can occur in a particular region of the body, such as the underarms or the feet, which is known as focal hyperhidrosis. Alternatively, some people suffer from excessive sweating over large areas of the body. Although Botox is typically known as a cosmetic, anti-wrinkle treatment, it can and has been used to treat hyperhidrosis, improving a patient’s quality of life and restoring their confidence.
How Does Botox Help with Excessive Sweating?
When a healthy person is very hot or has been exercising, their nervous system responds by sending chemical signals to their sweat glands, prompting them to sweat. When a person suffers from hyperhidrosis, their nervous system is overactive and sends signals to the sweat glands when the body does not need to cool down. This causes abnormal and excessive sweating.
When Botox is used to treat hyperhidrosis, botulinum toxin is injected into the site being treated, which prevents your nervous system from sending chemical signals to the sweat glands. As these signals are not sent, they do not reach the sweat glands, which prevents you from sweating excessively.
Botox for Excessive Sweating Procedure
When you arrive for your hyperhidrosis Botox appointment, a numbing cream will be applied to the site that is being treated to reduce discomfort. Then, the site will be cleaned, and the Botox injections will be made just below the surface of the skin using a very small needle.
Who Is a Suitable Candidate for Hyperhidrosis Botox?
Botox for excessive sweating is not suitable for patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a history of neuromuscular disorders. Additionally, Botox injections which are used to treat focal hyperhidrosis in the hands can cause temporary muscle weakness in the hands, which can be an inconvenience for patients with certain career or lifestyle needs.
If you are worried about this, talk to one of our friendly specialists in your consultation meeting, who will help you to decide whether you are a suitable candidate for Botox for hands.
Provided that the treatment is administered by a certified and experienced medical professional, Botox for hyperhidrosis is an exceptionally safe treatment with minimal side effects. In very rare cases, patients may experience flu-like symptoms or muscle weakness following the procedure. If you are at all worried about hyperhidrosis Botox, you can arrange a consultation with one of our specialists to discuss your concerns.
To prepare for your Botox injection procedure, it is important that you refrain from taking blood-thinning medication a few days prior to your appointment. This is to prevent bruising. Additionally, if you are having armpit Botox, your doctor may ask you to shave prior to your hyperhidrosis Botox treatment.
Typically, patients can expect to begin seeing results after five days have passed since their hyperhidrosis Botox treatment. The full effects will show after two weeks have passed.
The effects of your hyperhidrosis Botox treatment should last for roughly six months. After this, another treatment is required to maintain the effects. However, patients can wait longer between treatments over time.