Botox is well-known as an anti-wrinkle treatment, but can botox treat excess sweating? The simple answer is yes. Although botox is now widely regarded as the best way to eliminate facial wrinkles, a lesser known fact is that it is also used to provide relief for individuals who sweat excessively.
Sweating is a normal bodily function that everyone experiences, but there are individuals that sweat beyond the normal levels necessary to cool the body. This condition is known as hyperhidrosis. It is generally characterized by abnormal sweating, especially under the armpits, but it can also occur in the palms of the hands, as well as the feet.
Excessive sweating can be so chronic, that it causes those who suffer from it to be extremely embarrassed, making them avoid social contact. Abnormal sweating is often spontaneous and not the result of stress, heat, or physical activity.
In an effort to find relief, many people with hyperhidrosis often turn to anti-perspirants, salves, or ointments to dry up the sweat glands. However, in some cases, surgical alternatives such as the removal of the sweat glands, or severing of the sympathetic nerves that signal the sweat glands, may be necessary.
How can botox treat excess sweating?
It is now possible to treat excessive sweating with Botox. Botox is a neurotoxin protein that is derived from botulinum toxin. It normally works to block muscle spasms, and performs a similar function when used for hyperhidrosis.
Botox has been FDA cleared for the treatment of abnormal underarm sweating, so it can be safely used. Treatment involves the injection of a small amount of botox into the armpits, using a very small needle. When botox is injected into the underarm area, it blocks the signals to the sweat glands. The procedure takes about 15 minutes to complete.
Patients in Pinole should expect a significant reduction in sweating after treatment, and this should last for up to 6 months. Follow up treatment will be required after that time. There are no significant side effects to the botox injections.
Botox may not be appropriate for everyone with hyperhidrosis, so it is important to check with your physician to find out if treatment is right for you. Many people only know botox for freezing foreheads, but now you know that it can also treat hyperhidrosis. Although botox can treat excess sweating, it is usually recommended only in cases where topical agents have failed.