Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition which can greatly affect ones self esteem. Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating. Most people experience excessive sweating of the underarms which can creates public embarrassment and insecurities. Hyperhidrosis is an inherited problem that has been seen in almost every ethnic group. People don’t get used to living with hyperhidrosis but they continue to suffer throughout their lives from it. At Bellair Laser Clinic we offer Botox Cosmetic for the treatment of hyperhidrosis.
How Does BOTOX® Cosmetic Treat Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)?
BOTOX® injections treat hyperhidrosis in much the same way it smoothes fine lines and wrinkles on the face and alleviates headache pain. BOTOX® Cosmetic acts as an inhibitor, blocking the chemical signals sent from the nerves that control sweating. Sweating stops because the sweat glands are unable to receive signals from the nerves. Because of its effectiveness in inhibiting neural signals, BOTOX® Cosmetic has proven to be an efficient means for eliminating excessive sweating problems.
Excessive sweat in your underarms
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Candidates for BOTOX® Hyperhidrosis Treatment
Candidates for BOTOX® hyperhidrosis treatment experience severe foot, palm or underarm sweating that impacts their quality of life. They are physically and emotionally healthy with realistic expectations for the outcome of treatment. They understand the procedure and recognize that, though fundamentally safe, there are some risks involved with using BOTOX® injections to treat their excessive sweating problems.
What to Expect After BOTOX® Treatment for Underarm Sweating
BOTOX® treatments for hyperhidrosis take 10 to 20 minutes and can be performed in the doctor’s office. Daily activities can be continued immediately after treatment (though intense exercise should be avoided for a few hours). Following the BOTOX® injections, a marked reduction in underarm sweating will be noticeable within several weeks. In the event that some sweat glands are missed in the initial treatment, some sweating from untreated areas may occur.
Botox For Hyperhidrosis
The purpose of sweating is to keep a constant body temperature around 37°C through evaporative cooling. Hyperhidrosis is when the amount of sweat greatly exceeds the quantity required for thermoregulation. Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, is caused by stimulation of the sweat glands by nerve endings or signals from the brain. These nerves respond to emotional stresses, physical stresses, and increased body temperature that comes with exercise or hot humid weather. Botox® can prevent sweating for six to ten months by blocking the release of the neurotransmitter, i.e., acetylcholine, from the nerve endings, that causes the glands to produce sweat.
Fifteen to twenty drops of Botox® are injected via a very small needle into the hair-bearing skin of each underarm. Normal activity can be immediately resumed, while heavy exercise should be avoided for several hours. Underarm sweating will be decreased anywhere between 48 hours to 3 weeks post treatent. Most patients will obtain the benefit of dryness with one treatment of Botox® for six to ten months.
Botox is also used for cosmetic purposes such as reducing forehead wrinkles, frown lines and crows feet.
Risks and Benefits of BOTOX® Treatment for Sweating Problems
The greatest benefit in receiving treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic for hyperhidrosis is relief from excessive sweating problems.
The risks involved in using BOTOX® to treat excessive sweating problems are minimal but real. Any treatment offers the potential for complications, and BOTOX® is no different. For most people, however, actual side effects do not occur or are tolerable.
The results of BOTOX® injections are temporary and treatments must be repeated every few months to maintain the effects.
Though BOTOX® Cosmetic can be used to treat palmar hyperhidrosis ( palm sweating), it is often less effective and treatments can be quite painful. This, however, should not discourage individuals from seeking relief. There are effective ways to provide pain relief during the procedure (anesthesia, nerve blocks, ice and pressure), and treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic has provided some success in treating instances of severe palm sweating.