Botox® for Hyperhidrosis – Treating Excessive Sweating

Botox® for hyperhidrosis treats excessive sweating. The area to be treated is first numbed using a special topical cream. A few drops of Botox® are injected with a tiny needle superficially under the skin. Botox® blocks the nerve impulse from reaching that area, and as a result, the sweat glands are inactivated. Dramatic responses are often seen within a few days. However the results are in most cases temporary and may need to be repeated after 3 to 6 months.

botox-hyperhidrosis1Botox® hyperhidrosis injections are one of the safest treatment options available for excessive sweating. Botox® hyperhidrosis treatment has been used safely and successfully in ophthalmology for over 12 years and for wrinkle therapy for almost 10 years. The FDA for neurological disorders has approved it. In the amounts used for this therapy, the only possible side effects are temporary and localized to the area of injection. However, medical treatment is not an exact science and the degree of the improvement is variable. Occasionally there is no improvement and another form of treatment may be required.

Botox® injections for hyperhidrosis inactivate sweat glands and treat excessive sweating, commonly under the arms and the palms of your hands. Only the right hand was treated for this picture.

What to expect after the procedure

Nearly all patients continue their routine daily activity immediately after the treatment. When Botox is injected there is an initial minor sting for a few seconds. Once the injection is complete, there is usually no discomfort.

botox-hyperhidrosis2Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen-like medications for 1 week before treatment. After treatment, avoid lying down or massaging the treated area for 4 hours after treatment. Do not exercise for 24 hours. If you get a headache (as some people do for few hours after the treatment) you may take a Tylenol, unless otherwise advised by your physician. You will notice the effect of the Botox® in 5 to 10 days.

If you believe you suffer from hyperhidrosis, it’s best to check with your dermatologist. After speaking to your doctor, you can determine the best possible treatment option.

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