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Botox Treatment for Hyperhidrosis - Excessive Sweating

Updated on October 9, 2013

Botox Treatment for Hyperhidrosis

Botox is famous for being used to fight wrinkles, but more and more Botox is being used for a variety of medical conditions besides just wrinkles. One of the uses for Botox is to treat a condition called hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating.

Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, is a condition that negatively impacts the lives of millions of people. Hyperhidrosis can be caused by a disease, a side effect to some medications, or some people are born with it.

Botox injections are a popular treatment excessive sweating.

What is hyperhidrosis?

Excessive Sweating

Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating. It is caused by certain diseases, a side effect from some medications, or people can be born with extra sweat glands.

Hyperhidrosis is a condition that can occur in many places. Some people experience excessive sweating on their forehead, palms, arm pits, behind, or any other location on the body that sweats.

Excessive sweating can be a debilitating condition, even leading to severe depression. People who suffer from excessive sweating can have difficulty with finding employment, social situations, and having relationships.

How Does Botox Work to Treat Hyperhidrosis?

Botox works to treat Hyperhidrosis by blocking the secretion of the chemical that activates sweat glands. When the chemical is blocked, the sweat glands are unable to produce sweat.

The Botox injection takes approximately eight days to take effect. It normally has to be injected several times in the area where excessive sweating occurs. Sometimes it is difficult to determine if all of the sweat glands have been deactivated during the first treatment.

Image Credit: IMG_1632 by NathanF
Image Credit: IMG_1632 by NathanF

What to Expect When You Get Botox Treatment for Hyperhidrosis

You should go to a qualified physician to receive your Botox treatment for hyperhidrosis. When done incorrectly, the side effects of Botox injections includes paralysis, so it is important to go to someone skilled and authorized to do the procedure.

When you have your appointment, the doctor will examine you and determine where the injections need to be made. The doctor will prepare the area, and usually apply a topical numbing cream so that you will not experience pain. The needles used are very small, and the injection does not go very deep, so the injections should not be very painful anyways. If it is in a particularly sensitive area, such as the soles of your feet or palms of your hands, it can still be painful.

The doctor will give the injections throughout the effected area. It will require several injections to cover the whole area. Sometimes the doctor will not be able to get every sweat gland in one treatment, and need to be treated the next time.

The entire procedure should take only a few minutes. You should be safe to drive home, and resume normal activity the day of the procedure.

It is important to note that this is not a cure for the condition, but a treatment. When the Botox wears off in the area, which takes approximately seven months, the symptoms will return.

Side Effects of Botox Treatments for Hyperhidrosis

The potential side effects of the treatment are the same as any other Botox treatment. If too much Botox is injected, it can result in paralyzation of the muscles.

For a comprehensive list of all of the possible side effects, you should speak with your doctor and read the documentation that is included with the Botox.

FDA Approved Treatment for Hyperhidrosis

Using Botox to treat hyperhidrosis is approved by the FDA in the United States. It has been approved since 2004.

Many health insurance companies cover the treatment.

Make sure that your Botox treatment is administered by a qualified physician. If the injections are done incorrectly, the side effects may include paralysis.

Quality of Life after Botox Treatment

Is it Worth the Risks?

Using Botox to treat excessive sweating is a procedure that carries some risks, so it is important to careful evaluate if the benefits are worth the risks.

Excessive sweating can have a serious impact on the lives of people who suffer from the condition. It can cause severe embarrassment. People can have difficulty shaking hands, holding hands with loved ones, and having relationships. This is more than just a cosmetic procedure, the condition can cause severe emotional distress for people who suffer from it.

Due to how difficult the condition can be to live with, many people who suffer from excessive sweating find that the benefits are worth the risk.

Determining whether this treatment is right for you, is ultimately a decision that you need to make for yourself, with the guidance of a qualified doctor.

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      Very useful info. Thanks for sharing this.