Botox® for hyperhidrosis
bruising, tenderness, failure to reduce sweating
- What is Botox® for hyperhidrosis?
- What areas can be treated?
- What can I expect during treatment?
What is Botox® for hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating. Sweating is one of the most important ways in which your body loses heat however people with hyperhidrosis produce much more sweat than is needed. It is estimated that between 1-3% of the population has excessive sweating. Hyperhidrosis can cause embarrassment at work or socially and can lower a person’s self-esteem.
Botox® has been licensed by Allergan since 2011 for the treatment of hyperhidrosis. By injecting Botox® into the skin in the armpit it blocks the actions of the nerves that supply the eccrine glands which prevents the glands from producing sweat.
What areas can be treated?
The underarms are the most common site where excess sweating is a problem. Palms of hands and soles of feet can also be treated but are rather sensitive.
What can I expect during treatment?
After a consultation to define your needs I go on to perform the treatment which last approximately 30 minutes and involves approximately 15 small injections into each armpit. I offer you the option of a topical anaesthetic cream however as the needle I use is so small the procedure is relatively painless.
Sweating tends to decrease within a couple of weeks. In clinical trials, sweat production was reduced by 83% one week after treatment. We do advise you not to exercise and to avoid alcohol for 24 hours after the procedure. The effects last from 6-12 months and most people choose to have this procedure repeatedly.