Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating. Many people who have hyperhidrosis sweat from one or two areas of the body. Most often, they sweat from their palms, feet, underarms, or head. While the rest of the body remains dry, one or two areas may drip with sweat.
Botox injections are a new treatment option for people with hyperhidrosis. You may be a candidate for this treatment if your sweating fails to improve with prescription antiperspirants. Botox has been FDA-approved for people who sweat excessively.
How do Botox injections 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 down. In people with hyperhydrosis, however, the nerves that signal the sweat glands are overactive.
What does the procedure involve?
Your practitioner will inject botox just below the surface of the skin using a fine needle. You will receive several injections that form a grid pattern around your area of concern. Topical anaesthetic can be used to prevent any discomfort during this treatment.
When will I see results and are there any side effects?
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.
You will be seen for a follow-up appointment 2 weeks later to touch up any missed spots.
What will happen at my consultation?
You will have a free confidential consultation before any treatment with no obligation. This includes discussing your concerned areas, any expectations, side effects and the treatment process. A medical history will be taken to ensure safe and appropriate treatment.