Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterized by overactive sweat glands. While the main purpose of sweat is to help regulate body temperature, people suffering from hyperhidrosis sweat more than necessary to achieve the same cooling effect. The condition tends to affect areas of the body with a high concentration of sweat glands, including the palms of the hands, feet, and underarms. These symptoms are associated with primary hyperhidrosis, which is sometimes referred to as focal hyperhidrosis. Some patients may experience excessive sweating all over the body (secondary hyperhidrosis), and this symptom may indicate a more significant medical condition or illness. With BOTOX® injections, we are able to treat the symptoms of primary focal hyperhidrosis, typically the underarms, for an improved quality of life.
While the exact cause of hyperhidrosis is unknown, the condition is considered an inherited problem that typically begins to manifest during childhood. In many cases, overactive nerves overstimulate the sweat glands, leading to excessive perspiration. Although primary focal hyperhidrosis is not harmful to your health, the condition can negatively impact a person’s quality of life. Men and women with hyperhidrosis may experience stress, embarrassment, or frustration because of excessive sweating leading to concerns like sweat stains, odor, and sweaty palms. People with hyperhidrosis may feel especially self-conscious at work or during other social situations.
Periodic BOTOX® injections can stop excess sweating by temporarily blocking the neural pathways that communicate with the sweat glands. This treatment can effectively prevent sweat production at the target area and can be administered to areas such as the underarms, forehead, hands, or feet. The treatment of hyperhidrosis in the underarms with BOTOX® is approved by the FDA. Many patients who opt for hyperhidrosis treatment with BOTOX® have tried prescription-strength antiperspirants without success. Patients with medical insurance may have coverage for this treatment, and we can submit the insurance paperwork for you to see if you are approved.
Patients may need to wait up to 1-2 weeks to notice the full effects of the BOTOX® injections.
The results typically last about six months, but can range from 3-8 months. Patients can easily schedule twice-yearly appointments to enjoy year-round relief from hyperhidrosis.
There is no down time for receiving Botox injections! You can return to your normal daily activities immediately after your appointment.
Those who are/have:
– Under the age of 18
– Pregnant women and nursing mothers
– Bleeding abnormalities (Anticoagulant use)
– Neuromuscular disorders including: ALS, Bell’s Palsy, Myasthenia Gravis, Lambert-Eaton syndrome, Myopathies
– Hypertrophic or keloidal scarring
– Active infection in the treatment area