How Can Botox Control Excessive Sweating?
Perspiration helps regulate body temperature and is a perfectly normal body function; however, excessive sweat can lead to embarrassing body odor and unsightly stains on clothing. Fortunately, Botox is the cosmetic treatment available that can reduce sweating and restore self-confidence.
Hyperhidrosis is the condition that causes excessive sweating. Patients with the condition often produce up to five times more sweat than the average person. The condition can impact all aspects of a person’s life, including limiting social activities and even the type of clothing worn. In many cases, even clinical-strength antiperspirants and deodorants do not control body odor and wetness, which can negatively impact an individual’s self-confidence. Botox administered by a board-certified dermatologist is helping many patients with hyperhidrosis control their excessive perspiration and enjoy a renewed sense of confidence.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration first approved Botox in 1989 to treat crossed eyes and facial and vocal cord spasms. It did not take long for doctors to realize that this non-surgical procedure was also effective in treating other conditions, including migraines and spasms caused by cerebral palsy. Botox also temporarily blocks the nerve signals that stimulate the sweat glands. This allows the patient to experience less moisture and embarrassing body odor.
Botox treatments to control excessive sweating begins with an assessment by a board-certified dermatologist. Based on the patient’s perspiration issues and sweat patterns, the doctor will carefully determine the best locations for the injections and the amount of Botox to be used.
A Botox cosmetic treatment is a temporary, non-surgical procedure. How long the treatment will last depends on how quickly the nerve synapses in the affected area regenerate. As a general rule, repeat injections are required every six to nine months. Most patients are able to virtually eliminate their hyperhidrosis symptoms with as little as one to two treatments per year.