Hyperhidrosis is a condition that involves excessive sweating in the hands, underarms, face, or extremities not necessarily due to exercise or body temperature. Typically, the body’s sweat glands produce enough perspiration during exercise, fever, or under stress to regulate the body’s temperature. In people who have hyperhidrosis, the sweat glands do not shut off and continue production.
Botox is a toxin that is created by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. It has been used for various conditions such as migraines, hyperhidrosis, muscle spasms, and cosmetic treatments to smooth out wrinkles. Botox works for hyperhidrosis by blocking a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine which binds to the sweat glands and signals the glands to release sweat. Botox injections into the targeted areas can reduce excessive sweating. Botox has been FDA approved to treat underarm sweating. Other “off-label” areas that are done are palms, face, and soles of the feet.
Research shows that Botox can reduce sweating at least by 50% and repeated injections are usually done every 6-9 months. If you are interested in this procedure, book a consultation with our specialist today.