Hyperhidrosis, otherwise known as excessive sweating, is a relatively common problem that affects many people. Although sweating is a normal bodily function, in some individuals the amount of perspiration is excessive and can result in embarrassing and awkward social situations.
Hyperhidrosis is usually prevalent in the palms of the hands but can also appear in other parts of the body such as the underarms and soles of the feet. While most individuals associate Hyperhidrosis with a cosmetic issue it is in fact a medical condition attributed to eccrine glands that are innervated by sympathetic nerves that use acetylcholine as the neurotransmitter. Botox is effective in temporarily reducing or eliminating sweat production in treated areas. When a qualified diagnosis of Hyperhidrosis is present treatment is usually covered by the patient’s insurance carrier.
BOTOX® helps control the symptoms of severe underarm sweating when topical medicines do not work well enough by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands don’t receive chemical signals, the severe sweating stops. BOTOX®injections are expected to temporarily stop the production of excessive sweat in the treated areas only. Sweat continues to be produced elsewhere.
Where does the sweat go?
Your sweat doesn’t go anywhere or get backed up because the sweat simply is not produced in the areas treated with BOTOX®. Remember, the rest of your body is free to produce moisture normally.
Keep in mind that BOTOX®treatment is not appropriate for all sufferers. You and your doctor will make the determination if it’s right for you.During the procedure at the doctor’s office, a small amount of BOTOX®is injected into the affected underarm area through a very fine needle. In a short appointment with your dermatologist, about 15 injections are made to the underarm area.The actual procedure takes about 10 to 15 minutes and lasts up to 201 days or 6.7 months.1You should notice a significant reduction in underarm sweating within 4 weeks of your first treatment. If you do not see a significant reduction in sweating, you should contact your healthcare provider and request a follow-up consultation.