Botox is most often thought of in the context of smoothing out facial lines and wrinkles, but it has also been approved for another use — to reduce excessive sweating. Most commonly, it affects palms, soles of feet, underarms, and groin, with a small percentage of patients reporting being affected in the face and scalp regions.
The condition has a name: hyperhidrosis, or, literally, too much sweating. The reason Botox works on it? The same chemical that it inhibits in skin and muscle, acetylcholine, is the one responsible for activating sweat glands as part of the autonomic nervous system. Botox stops its release at the nerve synapse, reducing overactive sweating in the underarms, groin, and on the forehead and scalp.
When To Consider It
Topical creams and pills are often used for hyperhidrosis, but if these medicines for severe sweating aren’t working, or if prescription-strength antiperspirants don’t give you any relief from sweating, Botox would be a good option to discuss with Dr. Yarish and our medical staff to see if it’s right for you. It’s not indicated for teenagers, but works well for adult men and women.
Other indications would be if you need to change your clothes frequently, place absorbent materials under your clothing, avoid certain fabrics, or if you’ve already sought medical treatment for excessive sweating. It may be particularly effective for post-menopausal women, according to a recent study that pairs post-menopause with resistance to other forms of treatment for hyperhidrosis.
What To Expect
Hyperhidrosis patients report drier results after just one Botox treatment, which consists of several small injections with a very fine needles into the underarm or affected area. These injections will be applied by our trained medical staff at either our Houston or Lake Jackson offices. The initial time of effect is within a week, when you will notice less sweating. Within four weeks, patients should see a significant reduction in sweating that lasts.
What Happens Afterward
One treatment can last up to six months, although as with all medical procedures, individual results vary. Most patients will know when it’s time for another treatment, as sweating gradually returns to an uncomfortable or excessive amount. It’s important to note that this is not a cure, but a long-term treatment strategy that should be part of an overall medical plan.
To find out if Botox for excessive sweating would be a good option for you, call Dr. Yarish at either out Houston or Lake Jackson locations. Our staff will schedule a consultation at which we can construct a personalized treatment plan to best address your needs.