Botox for Hyperhidrosis
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis means excessive sweating. Sweating is one of the most important ways in which the body loses heat; however, people with hyperhidrosis produce sweat in amounts far greater than needed to control their temperature.
Types of Hyperhidrosis
- Focal Hyperhidrosis: This is the more common type involving the sweating of the hands and feet and in some cases the armpits.
- Gustatory hyperhidrosis: when sweating of the face is triggered by hot spicy foods.
What is Botox® and how does it work for Hyperhidrosis?
Botox is a natural, purified protein with the ability to temporarily block the secretion of the chemical that is responsible for “turning on” the body’s sweat glands. By blocking, or interrupting, this chemical messenger, botulinum toxin “turns off” sweating at the area where it has been injected. Botox injections are very shallow, meaning that the medicine is injected just below the surface of the skin, where it remains.
Botox is recommended for the treatment of Hyperhidrosis and it has also been used for many years to treat muscle spasm affecting the eyes, face and neck.
What happens during a course of treatment with Botox?
During the procedure, a very fine needle is used to inject tiny amounts of Botox just under the skin intermittently throughout the area of excessive sweating.
How quickly does it work and how long will the effects last?
You should notice difference within a week of your treatment. Response to treatment differs from person to person. In a clinical trial, sweat production was reduced by 83% one week after treatment. Furthermore, sweating was reduced by at least half in 95% of patients. The effects of your treatments usually wears off after 6 to 8 months and a new course of treatment is recommended
What happens if I decide to stop treatment?
The effects of Botox® wear off over a period of several months. Should you decide not to have any further treatment there will be no lasting change in the areas treated. Sweating will gradually return to the level it was before you started treatment.