Botox® For Excessive Sweating

Excessive sweating is an annoying condition to suffer from, not to mention the fact that it can make a person smell bad.  Fortunately, though, Botox® comes to the rescue as an effective treatment for this ailment.

Sweat glands have to receive a certain chemical signal in order to produce sweat.  Botox® blocks this signal, thus reducing the amount of sweat that a person endures.  The Botox® is injected into the parts of the body that regularly sweat a lot, such as the hands.  And while sweating is stopped in the injection locations, the body can still sweat elsewhere, which is essential because sweating helps keep the body cool.

Does the Sweat Go Somewhere Else?

No. Since Botox® blocks the sweat glands from receiving the chemicals they need to sweat, there is no sweat produced in and around injection sites. Still yet, the rest of the body can sweat as normal. Once Botox® treatments are stopped, sweating will return to normal at injection locations.

How Effective is Botox® for Sweating?

A study conducted evaluating the effectiveness of Botox® for sweating found that 55 percent of patients enjoyed an effective response, while only six percent had the same results without Botox®.  Sweating was reduced by more than 50 percent in 81 percent of the patients who received Botox® treatments.

Treatment Length & Frequency

On average, a person will need the treatment once every six and a half months.  It should be noted that Botox® injections are not a cure for excessive sweating, however, they do serve as a remedy for effectively controlling the condition.  A person will notice when another treatment is needed because the symptoms of excessive sweating will gradually return.

Botox® injections are non-invasive, and take about 10 to 15 minutes to administer.  The syringe is placed directly under the skin, and there are usually an average of 15 injections given during each treatment, but the exact number is based on the area of the body that is being treated.

When Will I See Results?

Most people notice an improvement in sweat reduction within four weeks.  If after four weeks a noticeable reduction is not noticed, it’s recommended to call the dermatologist or surgeon who administered the injections.

What Areas Can Be Treated?

Botox® has been proven effective in treating excessive sweating in the armpits, hands and feet, head and face, and other smaller areas of the body, such as under the breasts.