Botox for Sweating – Are You A Candidate?

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Botox for Sweating

Sweating is actually great for our health as it is the body’s way of regulating its’ temperature when it overheats. The most obvious places that people sweat is on the armpits and back but people can also sweat on the palms of their hands, on their face, on the soles of their feet, on the chest and for women under their breasts too among other places.

But there is abnormal or excessive sweating known as hyperhidrosis in a medical term. This type of sweating also occurs when it is not hot and can soak through clothing or drip sweat. Regular antiperspirants often do not work for people with this condition. The best way to manage this type of sweating is through botox.

What is botox?

Botox is an injection used to treat various medical conditions such as muscle spasms, hyperhidrosis and migraines. Botox is mostly used as a cosmetic treatment which temporarily paralyzes muscles on the face hence smoothing out wrinkles.

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It is a neurotoxin which is made from microbes which cause botulism. Botulism is a kind of food poisoning but not to worry because botox is very safe when used by a medical professional appropriately.

How does Botox treatment reduce excessive sweating?

Botox acts by temporarily blocking chemical signals from the nerves which stimulate sweat glands. This reduces sweating by 90% in the injected areas after just one treatment. In some cases the body odor also improves because of the reduced sweating.

What happens during the botox for sweating treatment?

Botox injections are quick procedures which normally take around 30 mins. They are best done in a doctors’ office and you can get right back to work after the treatment as there is no downtime. You are normally advised to avoid shaving your armpits and stop taking blood thinners (if you take any) a few days prior to your appointment. It is good to tell your doctor if you are currently on any type of medication so he or she can know how to proceed.

During the treatment botox is injected just below the skin using a tiny fine needle. You will be given several injections on the area of concern. There is minimal and brief discomfort during the treatment. After the treatment you can go back to your normal daily activities and you can schedule a follow-up appointment to check if there are any concerns and to do a touch up on any missed sports.

How long will the results last?

The treatment lasts an average of six months after which it needs to be repeated so as to maintain the effects.

There is minimal downtime and the side effects are rare.

Are you a good candidate for Botox treatment for hyperhidrosis?

Anyone who experiences excessive sweating and does not respond to other treatments like clinical antiperspirants is a good candidate.

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Bottom line

Although the botox injections are costly, the treatment for excessive sweating has proved to be highly effective. It improves the quality of life of the patient drastically.

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