You’ve almost certainly heard of Botox, the injectable treatment that can smooth facial wrinkles temporarily for a more youthful appearance. But what you may not know is that Botox has been used for other purposes many times over during its long history. Originally used to treat spasms of the eye, Botox has a wide range of uses these days. Many people are surprised to find that Botox could be the key to feeling more comfortable in social situations—by curbing excess sweating. For people who sweat too much in stressful situations or warm rooms, the problem can be crippling to self-confidence and first impressions. Botox can help reduce excessive sweating on a temporary basis and provide relief from this problem. So how does it work?
Hyperhidrosis describes the medical condition of excessive sweating. For some people, even clinical-strength antiperspirants are not enough to keep extreme sweating at bay. When topical medications fail, Botox can help by binding to the nerve endings and blocking the neurotransmitters that cause sweating. While the treatment does not stop sweating altogether, Botox can keep the sweat glands from overproducing. Botox is made from a safe form of botulinum toxin that has been used for medical purposes for decades.
The most common areas of treatment are the underarms and the palms of the hands. Botox is only officially approved for treating sweating of the underarms, but has been used off-label in other areas safely for years. Botox is injected into several points (typically up to 20 or so) in the area to be treated, in order to block as many sweat glands as possible. The needle used for this process is very small and fine. Because the procedure can be a bit uncomfortable, there are options for topical anesthesia and other solutions to make the procedure less painful.
Most patients report a significant reduction (often between 60-80%) in sweat production in the treated areas for several months after the treatment. Most people need to seek re-treatment after about 4-6 months, in order to continue blocking the sweat glands and maintain the results. Reducing sweat output can positively impact confidence and self-esteem, making social situations much more comfortable and easy to navigate.
Are You a Candidate?
If you suffer from excess sweating in the underarms or palms of the hands, then chances are you are eligible for Botox treatments. However, only a qualified doctor can assess individual candidacy and ensure you have no disqualifying conditions. Botox is suitable for most patients, and if you are a healthy adult with significant sweat production, you should be able to give the treatment a try.
Is Botox Safe?
Botox is a tried-and-true product for both cosmetic and medical purposes. Its original purpose was treating eye spasms, but the product is now used to treat a variety of conditions, including sweating. Botox’s most popular use is for temporarily easing facial wrinkles, a treatment that millions of Americans choose each year. Botox has proven to be a safe and effective treatment that serves many different purposes and involves few complications.
Talk to an Expert
While many providers offer Botox injections, not all have the skill to help you achieve good results with hyperhidrosis treatments. It is important to research prospective providers carefully, and only consult with expert, board certified plastic surgeons, like our team at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery. Our doctors each have decades of experience and the dedication to help you achieve the results you want. If you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss your needs for Botox treatments, call our offices in Birmingham or Dearborn, Michigan offices today at 866-487-3223.