Botox Treatment for Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is the condition characterized by abnormally increased sweating/perspiration, in excess of that required for regulation of body temperature. Hyperhidrosis can either be generalized or localized to specific parts of the body. Hands, feet, armpits, and the groin area are among the most active regions of perspiration due to the relatively high concentration of sweat glands.
How does it work?
When Botox or Dysport are placed near the sweat glands the signals to sweat is stopped. It can take a few days or more to work but the results are dramatic. On average, there is over 80% decrease of sweat production in that area that lasts on average 7 months. Remarkably, up to a third of patients can go 1 year before they return for more. Therefore, you are treated once or maximally twice per year and don’t have to worry about constantly treating the area.
What areas can be treated?
Underarms are the most commonly administered location of Botox or Dysport. Often a simple solution is put on the skin to see the exact area a person sweats from and then Botox or Dysport are injected with tiny needles just under the skin.
Hands also work very well with Botox or Dysport. Because the hands are a sensitive area it is common to have some anesthetic placed in the hands so that the injections are painless.
Treatment is extremely effective on this area of sweating. Most sweating occurs near the hairline and drips down the face. With a few simple injections this often very visible area of sweating can treated.
Feet, like the hands often require some anesthetic before treatment. It is not uncommon to find improvement of the feet after just the hands are treated. Although many people have a high level of satisfaction with treatment of the feet it can sometimes not be as predictable as the hands and underarms as to the degree of treatment success.