Excessive Sweating Treatment
In addition to preventing wrinkles from forming on your face, Botox can also be used to prevent excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis.
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis can occur as excessive armpit sweating or sweaty palms and soles of the feet. The general population produces around a litre of sweat a day. However, people with hyperhidrosis can produce up to ten times as much and it’s a condition that can affect confidence and be highly uncomfortable and embarrassing. Excessive sweating can be caused by heat but also with anxiety or by any other situation not usually associated with sweating.
Botox is an extremely effective hyperhidrosis treatment. Botox for hyperhidrosis is a localised treatment which means it can stop sweating in problem areas but will not affect the rest of your body, allowing you to continue sweating in order to regulate your internal body temperature – something that is highly important! The effects of Botox for hyperhidrosis can last up to six months and results in an 82-87% decrease in excessive sweating.
How does it work?
Botox is a neurotoxin and so prevents nerves from firing by blocking the uptake of acetylcholine which is one of the neurotransmitters which tells your muscles to contract. When you use Botox on your face, it blocks signals to the muscles which stops them from contracting and so smoothes the wrinkles on your face. Botox for excessive sweating works in exactly the same way but it works on your glands instead of your muscles. It intercepts the messages which tell your glands to secrete sweat.
Botox for hyperhidrosis works for many patients where antiperspirant or even prescription antiperspirant is ineffective.
What are the side effects?
As with any treatment, it is important to consider the risks before undergoing treatment. If you have any concerns, please talk to our trained advisors. Side effects for hyperhidrosis treatment can include:
• Soreness at the injection site
• An increase of sweating in other parts of the body
• Temporary muscle paralysis
• Mild dry mouth