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Botox is most well-known as a cosmetic procedure for fine lines and wrinkles, but it is also an effective solution for treating excessive sweating, a condition called hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis can cause embarrassment, but you don’t have to feel self-conscious about your sweating anymore after this innovative treatment.
Botox is a neuromodulator or botulinum toxin A injectable. It is FDA-approved to treat fine lines and wrinkles and is also approved for the treatment of underarm sweating (primary axillary hyperhidrosis) and sweating in the hands or feet. Botulinum toxin injections temporarily block the nerve signals that stimulate sweat glands, making this a safe and effective treatment for hyperhidrosis.
Your provider will first numb the treatment area with a topical cream or lidocaine to minimize any discomfort you might feel during treatment. Several injections of Botox will then be made with a fine needle in the areas where sweating is present.
Some sweating is normal and even helpful for thermoregulation. However, excessive consistent sweating even when people are not exercising or in warm temperatures is a problem. The hyperhidrosis disease severity scale can be used to diagnose this condition and determine whether you are a candidate for hyperhidrosis treatment with Botox. Patients with an allergy to botulinum toxin and women who are pregnant or nursing will not be able to receive Botox injections.
There is minimal recovery needed after Botox injections, but you should avoid strenuous activities like exercise for 1-2 days after your procedure. All other activities can be resumed immediately after treatment. Excessive sweating will start to improve within 2-4 days after treatment but it can take up to 2 weeks for results to completely develop.
After 2 weeks, sweating will have reduced to a normal and manageable level, bettering patients’ quality of life. Reduction in sweat after Botox treatment lasts 6-9 for most patients and after this time, you can schedule a follow-up maintenance treatment.