If you suffer from heavy or excessive sweating, known as hyperhidrosis, you might have tried an array of at-home treatments to try to combat it. But there is a treatment that you can have done that will actually stop the excess sweating and help keep you dry: Botox.
Botox is known as a wonderful aid in combating wrinkles, but it has many other uses as well, including stopping excessive sweating.
Dr. Pirani recommends Botox as a safe, but effective treatment for patients who suffer from hyperhidrosis.
How does Botox stop Sweating?
Botox is a neurotoxin, meaning it will stop nerves from communicating throughout the body. It targets the specific nerves that you want to treat, interrupting the signal. For wrinkles, Botox is applied to facial muscles to keep them smooth and relaxed instead of strained.
In the case of sweat, the Botox injections are placed in the sweat glands. That way, when the message is sent out to sweat, Botox makes sure the sweat glands do not receive it, keeping you dry. For sweating, Botox is often injected in the arm pit, but it can also be placed in the hands, feet and other areas, depending on your needs.
Who can get it done?
Botox is used to treat excessive sweating, targeting the majority of patients who suffer from hyperhidrosis, but the same treatment can be applied for people who still sweat a lot, but not to the same degree. Some patients will get it done prior to a major event, such as a wedding, prom, or even a red carpet event, keeping pit stains from showing up in your photos. Botox in this case also can prevent you from damaging expensive clothing. In order to receive the Botox injections, you need to be 18 years old and have experienced extreme sweating.
Is it Safe?
A common concern among patients is whether it is a good idea to stop your body from sweating. After all, sweat is your body’s natural cooling system. But in excessive sweating, it is not sweat because it is hot out or because you are nervous. This type of sweat happens without the heat, which can make uncomfortable situations in a social setting. When you sweat without a typical cause, your body is not using the sweat glands to cool you down, but is misusing them. Botox will set them right again.
You should also know that while most Botox injections to control sweating are performed in the armpit, that is not going to stop the rest of your body from sweating. If this concerns you, we recommend talking to a Botox specialist about other options.
When results begin
It is important to note that Botox is not an immediately acting kind of medicine. It is something will take hold gradually over time rather than instantly showing results. For sweating, it usually takes two weeks to really see the results, so do not be discouraged if you find yourself still sweating following the procedure. After the injection, you might suffer from bruising or tenderness in the injection area, but that should dissipate in a few days.
How long it lasts
Botox injections are only temporary and you will need to come in for subsequent visits between 3 and 6 months following your injections. The length of time that it lasts depends entirely on you as a person and how well you metabolize the Botox. Some people see results for longer than others.
If you have been suffering from excessive sweating, set up your consultation with an experienced Botox specialist. Your doctor can make a plan to achieve the comfort and dryness you deserve.