Botox for extreme sweating
If you suffer from excessive sweating, you can live in fear of not knowing when the next outbreak will strike. It’s embarrassing having to cope with damp patches on your clothes, a dripping face or clammy palms. Having the condition can impact on your overall quality of life, and ability to function at work and socially.
Nobody knows exactly what causes the condition, known as Hyperhidrosis, but Botox injections have been shown to help keep it under control.
How does Botox work prevent excessive sweating?
Whereas antiperspirants tend to mask the problem by blocking pores, Botox effectively turns off sweating at the area where it has been injected. Botox is a natural, purified protein with the ability to temporarily block the secretion of the chemical that is responsible for triggering the body's sweat glands.
What’s this treatment best for?
Any area of the body where you suffer from profuse perspiration can be treated, from the underarms to the soles of the feet, groin, face and scalp. However, the therapy has been proven to significantly reduce excessive underarm sweating by up to 80%.
It is also very effective in reducing sweaty palms and hands.
What does the procedure involve?
A doctor can give Botox injections in the area where there’s a problem. First, a local anaesthetic is applied to numb the area. Then, a very fine needle is used to make 15 to 20 tiny injections just under the skin of each underarm. When carried out by an experienced doctor, the procedure to inject both underarms can be less than 10 minutes. Afterwards, you’ll be able to carry on with your usual day, although on the day of the injections you shouldn’t exercise intensively or use a sauna.
Before having Botox injections in the underarms, it’s best not to shave that area. Many doctors recommend three to four days of hair growth.
What results can I expect?
Results start to be noticeable around 2 to 4 days after treatment, with the full effects usually within 2 weeks. Dryness typically lasts between 4 to 8 months.
In the case of excessive sweating of the hands, research shows that effects last about 6 months. Botox injections in the palms may cause temporary pain and weakness in the hands.
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