Botox for Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating. It refers to any abnormal sweating, such as sweating when it’s not hot. People who sweat excessively often soak through their clothing or drip sweat. Regular antiperspirants don’t work well for those with this condition.
Botox injections are a new treatment option for people with hyperhidrosis. You may be a candidate for Botox if your sweating fails to improve with prescription antiperspirants. Botox has been FDA-approved for people who sweat excessively from their armpits. It may also be used “off-label” to reduce sweating in other areas, such as the hands, feet, and face.
Most people require 100 -150 units of Botox to stop sweating under both underarms, which typically costs around $1,500.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long do the results last
Every body breaks down Botox differently so the duration of the results will vary. Typically, you will experience dry armpits for around 3 to 6 months after receiving Botox injections. However, exercise and stress can accelerate the body’s metabolic response to Botox so the results fade faster.
Am I a good candidate?
To get Botox injections for hyperhidrosis, you must be at least 18 years old, and it should be a last line of defense for heavy or severe underarm sweating. You should explore non-invasive options like sweat proof clothing and prescription antiperspirants first. Botox is only advised for severe cases of axillary hyperhidrosis that cannot be treated with topical solutions. People with certain medical conditions or taking certain medications should not receive Botox for hyperhidrosis.
How Does It Work?
Botox works by blocking the nerves responsible for activating your sweat glands. Normally, your nervous system activates your sweat glands when your body temperature rises. This is how your body automatically cools itself. In people with hyperhidrosis, however, the nerves that signal the sweat glands are overactive.
When you receive Botox injections directly into the area of your body that commonly sweats, your overactive nerves are essentially paralyzed. When your nerves can’t signal your sweat glands, you don’t sweat. However, Botox only prevents sweating in the specific area where it’s injected.
What to expect
You can resume your normal activities immediately after receiving Botox injections. It will take between two and seven days for you to stop sweating in the treated area. It can take two weeks for total dryness.
About two weeks after your treatment, once you have seen the full effects of the Botox, you should see your doctor for a follow-up appointment. At this appointment your doctor can perform any “touch ups” of missed spots.