What is severe sweating AKA hyperhidrosis?
The condition known as hyperhidrosis is characterized by abnormally increased sweating in the underarms and palms, excessive of that required for regulation of body temperature. Hyperhidrosis is an embarrassing and hard-to-disguise condition that may severely affect personal relationships, professional confidence, even work productivity, and quality of life.
How does Botox® work to alleviate the symptoms of hyperhidrosis?
Botox® injections alleviate severe sweating by blocking the specific nerves that supply sweat glands. Botox® treatment for hyperhidrosis is a safe, therapeutic use of the muscle-relaxing agent. Botox® works by interrupting nerve impulses as they travel from the brain to relax muscle activity.
The injections must be applied by a medical professional to ensure that strategic and precise placement of Botox® injections is achieved. The placement of the injections is the critical factor to effectively stop sweat glands from producing excessive sweat.
Injections of Botox® are relatively painless and shallow, injected just below the surface of the skin. The application may feel similar to a mild prickling sensation.
Who is the ideal candidate for Botox® hyperhidrosis treatment?
Botox® treatment is highly recommended for hyperhidrosis sufferers, people who have tried everything else but cannot reduce sweating -- even with strong anti-perspirants. Botox® works extremely efficiently to alleviate the actual sweat and also reduce body odor (bromhydrosis).
How long will Botox® injections take? How many treatments are needed to reduce excessive sweating?
Botox® injections can be relatively quickly administered during a visit to our San Francisco office. The treatment itself takes about 30 minutes, but plan to be in our office for about an hour to allow for pre-treatment preparation.
Botox® injections are administered in each underarm using a tiny needle. The treatment will take about 4 weeks to show its effects, and you should notice an initial and significant improvement of underarm sweating during this time.
Most people will require repeat treatments to achieve long-lasting results. Botox® has an accumulative effect. Repeated treatment with Botox® is safe and results in long-lasting improvements and a significant reduction in excessive sweating improving your quality of life.
How long does Botox® last to relieve excessive sweating?
The effects of a single Botox® treatment usually last approximately 6 months. However, this varies for each individual. Some patients are free of excessive sweating for up to 12 months before repeat treatments are required.