What is Botox?
Botox is a purified protein that is used to treat a variety of conditions. The most well-known indication for Botox is for wrinkles on the face. Botox treats wrinkles by relaxing the muscles that cause the wrinkles. Botox can also be used to treat excessive sweating, a condition also known as hyperhidrosis.
What is hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating. This can be seen in different areas. The most common areas where hyperhidrosis is seen are the underarms, palms of the hands, and soles of the feet. It is estimated that 2-3% of people suffer from excessive sweating. It usually starts in the teenage years and can persist throughout adulthood. The excessive sweating can be embarrassing and affect people in multiple ways such as staining clothes, interfering with social interactions, and ruining romantic relationships. There are many different treatments for excessive sweating such as topical anti-perspirants, oral medications, microwave devices, and surgical interventions.
How does Botox work to treat excessive sweating?
In the face Botox works by relaxing muscles that cause wrinkles. For excessive sweating Botox works by preventing the glands in these areas from releasing the sweat. Specifically, Botox blocks the signal from the nerves to activate the sweat glands. The Botox is placed in the skin in the area in the same way that it is injected to treat wrinkles.
Where can Botox be used for excessive sweating?
Botox can be used to treat excessive sweating in any area of the body. The most common areas of treatment with Botox for excessive sweating are the underarms, palms of the hands, and soles of the feet.
Does the Botox treatment for excessive sweating hurt?
With any injection, pain is a risk. Dr. Alex uses a painless injection technique when administering Botox in order to maximize your comfort. This involved preparing the product in preserved saline, using the smallest possible needles, blowing cold air on the area to numb the skin, placing a vibration device nearby to distract you, talking you through it, providing a calming environment with relaxing music, and providing a stress ball should you need to squeeze it. A Botox treatment for excessive sweating only takes a few minutes. Most people are surprised at how fast the Botox treatment for excessive sweating is.
When will I notice improvement after a Botox treatment?
You will notice improvement in a few days and full results are seen by two weeks.
How long will the results of my Botox treatment last?
The length of time you will enjoy your results for after a Botox treatment for excessive sweating depends on the dose of Botox used. Dr. Alex recommends 50 units of Botox per side for a total of 100 units. With this Botox dose, most people enjoy their results for three to six months.
What should I do after a Botox treatment for excessive sweating?
Unlike Botox treatments for wrinkles where you should avoid certain activities to prevent the spread of the Botox, for excessive sweating spread of the Botox does not have any side effects. In fact, it can help distribute the Botox to all of the sweat glands in the area. Therefore, you can resume your normal activities right away without restrictions after a Botox treatment for excessive sweating.