How To Stop Excessive Sweating

Botox For Excessive Sweating

Botox ® is a FDA approved non-surgical treatment for excessive sweating. Here’s an overview of how Botox ® works to stop sweating, the benefits and risks.

Botox For Excessive Sweating

For individuals suffering from excessive perspiration, medically known as hyperhidrosis, Botox ® (Botulinum Toxin Type A) treatment can be use to stop the heavy sweating in many different parts of the body including the underarms, face, scalp, palms and soles of the feet.

Is Botox An Effective Treatment?

Botox ® treatment is very effective. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) nearly 20 years ago to treat a variety of medical conditions, Botox ® treatment helps stop excessive sweating effectively by temporarily blocking the release of acetylcholine, the chemical neurotransmitter from the nerves that send signals to the sweat glands.

Furthermore, a clinical study done to test the effectiveness of Botox ® as treatment for excessive underarm sweating show that 84 out of 104 of the patients treated with Botox ® achieved a greater than 50% reduction in sweating.

Is Botox ® Treatment Safe?

Though Botulinum Toxin Type A is a neurotoxin produced by a bacteria called botulinum, Botox ® is very safe in the proper doses approved by the FDA for treatment of excessive sweating. In fact, Botox ® is one of the most widely researched medicines in the world and has been used therapeutically for nearly 20 years to treat a wide variety of medical conditions.

What Is The Cost Of A Botox ® Treatment?

Depending on the locations where you live, most practices have a flat cost for each Botox ® treatment, though some will break it down by "units" used per treatment. Standard flat rates are usually somewhere between $400 to $1000, while per-unit rates are usually around $10 to $15 per unit.

How Is The Procedure Performed?

The procedure is performed in your doctor's office. Prior to the injections, a topical analgesic is first applied to the skin to relief pain and a cool pack placed over the affected area to numb it further afterwhich a dye is used to mark the areas where sweating is greatest.

Using a tiny micro-needle containing a small amount of Botox ® solution, the doctor then proceed to make a series of small injections to paralyze the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands, thus reducing the heavy sweating.

The entire course of treatment takes about 20 to 30 minutes and may consist of about 20 to 50 injections around the affected area depending on the size of the affected area.

How Long Does A Botox ® Treatment Help Stop Excessive Sweating?

While effective in treating excessive sweating, Botox ® is not a cure. The effectiveness is only temporary and you will need repeated treatments every 6 to 7 months later.

What Can I Expect After The Treatment?

You should notice a significant reduction in excessive sweating on the affected areas within the first 4 weeks of your first treatment. However, there is also a small possibility that some sweat glands may be missed during the treatment procedure, and you may continue to experience some sweating from the untreated areas. If after the first 4 weeks, you do not see a significant reduction in sweating, you should contact your doctor to request a follow-up consultation.

Where Does Sweat Goes After Treatment?

Botox ® injections only temporarily paralyze the nerves in the treated areas that causes excessive sweating. Sweat will still continue to be produced on the affected areas but not excessively.

What Are The Risks of Botox ® Treatment?

No negative long-term effects have been observed and risk of allergic reaction is minimal.

The most common side effects that may occur after treatment are bleeding, bruising or injection-site discomfort which can last up to 10 days, depending on the age of patient and number of injections given.

However Botox ® is not suitable for you if:

  • You are allergic to any ingredients in Botox ®
  • You have an infection at the intended site of injection
  • You are pregnant
  • You have neuromuscular disorders such as ALS
  • You are taking antibiotics or currently undergoing other medications that may interfere with neuromuscular transmission.

If in doubt, always consult with your doctor. He or she can help you decide if Botox ® treatment for excessive sweating is right for you.

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