Hyperhidrosis is the medical name given to the condition of excessive sweating. It is a common medical condition affecting both men and women equally and usually begins whether as a child or an adolescent. This type of sweating occurs on very specific areas of the body and is usually relatively
“symmetric” meaning that both the left and right sides of the body are affected similarly. The most common focal areas are the hands, feet, underarms, and face or head.You can have one area affected or a combination of the above. The cause is unknown. Sweating is controlled by our brain and likely the glands are over stimulated in some way resulting in too much sweating
What Causes Excessive Sweating?
We sweat to regulate our body temperature, but some life changes such as pregnancy or menopause can create excessive sweating. thanks to the discovery of Botulinum toxin A which came as a breakthrough in the treatment of HH.
What is Botox®and how does it treat Hyperhidrosis?
Botox® neurotoxin is a purified protein that helps control sweating by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands, thereby preventing sweat from being produced in the treatment area. When BOTOX® is placed near the sweat glands the signals to sweat is stopped.
What areas can be treated by Botox®?
Botox® injections work well for nearly all cases of underarm (axilla) sweating and is the easiest to administer. Often a simple solution is put on the skin to see the exact area a person sweats from and then Botox® in injected with tiny needles just under the skin. Most people achieve a 90% reduction in
We have seen that Botox® injections are very effective at treating palmar sweating. As the hands are sensitive, we use a freezing technique to minimize discomfort.
Most sweating occurs near the hair line and drips down the face. Botox® injections work very well for sweating of the frontal scalp and upper forehead. Only a few injections are needed to control sweating in this area.
Many individuals are highly satisfied with treatment of the feet. It is not uncommon to find improvement of the feet after just the hands are treated. Although many people have a high level of satisfaction with treatment of the feet it can sometimes not be as predictable as the hands and underarms as to the degree of treatment success.
Does it hurt?
Our trained physicians ensure that there is minimal to no pain during the injections, although you may experience some injection related discomfort.
How long does the treatment take?
The length of treatment depends on the area being treated. On average, the treatments are completed in 10 to 20 minutes
How long does it take to reduce sweating?
The reduction in sweating begins to take effect in the first few days, but it may take up to 1 week to reach full effectiveness but the results are dramatic. On average, there is over 80% decrease of sweat production in that area that lasts on average 7 months. Remarkably, up to a third of patients can go 1 year before they return for more. Therefore, you are treated once or maximally twice per year and don’t have to worry about constantly treating the area.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects, if they occur, are temporary. These commonly include minor bruising and swelling at the injection site. Other reported side effects include dry mouth, tiredness, headache, neck pain, and dry eyes.
Is this treatment for everyone?
There are very few restrictions regarding Botox® treatments for Hyperhidrosis. Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding, have a known neurological disorder (i.e. Myasthenia Gravis or Eaton Lambert Syndrome), allergy to the ingredients in the botulinum toxin formulation, specifically albumin, should
not be treated.