Excessive sweating is quite a common problem and can affect many people on a regular basis. For those suffering with it, this issue can be a very significant problem that can impact a person’s self-confidence. In fact, for some sufferers it can mean the difference between what they choose to wear or whether they even leave the house at all on hot, humid days.
In the Summer months when the weather is warmer then the problem can be made much worse. Coupled with the fact that we tend to wear less clothes in hot weather, this can mean that any sweating that does occur is visibly more obvious since it cannot be ‘hidden’ under other layers of clothing.
What options do I have for treating Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)?
There are a number of treatments for excessive sweating out on the market, some of which involve special deodorants such as Drysol which can be helpful. For some these treatments are sufficient, but for many they do not always solve the problem. Other oral medications can also be taken but these can sometimes have notable side effects that many prefer to avoid.
While BOTOX® is a treatment that might not immediately spring to mind when it comes to hyperhidrosis, because it is well known primarily as the way to reduce wrinkles, a lesser known benefit of Botox is that it can also be used to reduce excessive sweating.
How does Botox work with Hyperhidrosis?
Botox is an FDA approved treatment for excessive sweating that can be injected directly into the sweat glands to help block the release of acetylcholine. These injections, in simple terms, shut down the sweat glands that produce the excessive sweating which in turn effectively disables the sweating process in the location where the injection was made.
One of the great things about using Botox to reduce hyperhidrosis is that as a treatment it is relatively long lasting and can help block excessive sweating from between six to twelve months. This means that for an individual who suffers with this issue more in the Summer months, then they can plan ahead somewhat, and time things to coincide with the upcoming Summer warmth.
We generally recommend a dose of Botox in the axilla (more commonly known as the armpit) of 50 units per axilla. Potentially more injections may be required to cover the area sufficiently, but this tends to vary on a per-patient basis. Another benefit of having this treatment is that it is fast to administer, and thus Botox truly is a ‘lunch-hour’ treatment.
How long will it take until I see any results?
Once the injections have taken place, the results are very fast acting. Botox will provide relief from sweating (from the area that was treated) within a few days after the procedure has taken place. While it is not a permanent cure for excessive sweating, it can be used to help mitigate the issue and manage it more effectively. This importantly can help reduce the stress and anxiety of excessive sweating in the individual.
If you are concerned about excessive sweating / hyperhidrosis and wish to consider a treatment that might include Botox then the first cause of action is to discuss your issue with Dr. Green who can advise as to whether you will be a good candidate for the treatment. Contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 to learn more about whether BOTOX® as a solution for hyperhidrosis is an option for you.