We most commonly think of Botox as a treatment for wrinkles, but did you know that it can also help patients suffering from the embarrassing effects of hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating? In fact, Botox is an FDA approved hyperhidrosis treatment! The San Diego Botox experts at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology often help patients living with this embarrassing condition by minimizing their sweating through strategically placed Botox injections.
Botox for Under Arm Sweating
Onabotulinum toxin A injections are an effective nonsurgical method of treating excessive armpit sweating. When injected by a professional into the armpits, it blocks the sympathetic nerve signals that stimulate the excessive sweating. Botox for sweating is quick, performed in the office, and doesn’t even require the use of an anesthetic! Excessive armpit sweating is known as axillary hyperhidrosis and affects about 1% of the population. Hyperhidrosis in the armpits results in extreme sweat under the arms that often drips and does not respond to traditional antiperspirants. Patients with this condition produce sweat in the armpits with even the slightest activity and often while at rest.
Botox for Sweating Hands
Palmar hyperhidrosis, or sweaty palms, is the most prevalent type of excessive sweating condition. Many patients start experiencing the symptoms of palmar hyperhidrosis during childhood, with the sweat often occurring to the point of dripping down the hands. Often embarrassing and having a negative affect on self-confidence, sweaty palms can be easily treated with Botox injections.
Just as neuromodulators stop the nerve signals that produce sweat in the armpits, it can do the same in the hands. The doctor will use a temporary nerve block for sweaty palm injections to minimize any discomfort, but the procedure is quick and the patient can return to their normal routine immediately after treatment.
Botox for Sweating Feet
Excessively sweaty feet, or plantar hyperhidrosis, often accompany palm sweating. Unfortunately, too much sweat on the feet can cause other health problems like fungal infection and foot odor, not to mention make it difficult to wear certain types of footwear. Neuromodulator injections in the feet can reduce the amount of sweating the patient experiences, prevent fungal foot infections, and improve overall quality of life.
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Frequently Asked Questions
It can be incredibly frustrating dealing with excessive sweat. The board-certified dermatologists and Botox experts at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego are here to help make your search for a solution a little easier. Browse through the list of frequently asked questions below or contact us for more information.
Q: Are Botox injections painful?
A: Neuromodulator injections typically do not hurt, but there may be discomfort when injected into the hands and/or feet. In those cases, our doctors will use a temporary nerve block to eliminate the discomfort and make the procedure as comfortable as possible. A topical anesthetic can also be applied prior to injections in the armpit if you are concerned about feeling them.
Q: How long are the treatment sessions?
A: The injections do not take long at all, with many people able to fit it in on their lunch break! And since only one treatment is needed, it is a great option for the busy individual. Treatment can be repeated once results wear off.
Q: Who should perform hyperhidrosis Botox injections?
A: Anyone seeking neuromodulator injections for any purpose should only seek treatment from a qualified, experienced doctor who has had specialized training in injectable treatments. The board-certified dermatologists at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology are known for their expertise in Botox treatments and would love to help you overcome your hyperhidrosis today.
Q: How long does a treatment last?
A: Nerve blocking through onabotulinum toxin A is a temporary treatment that can be repeated once the results wear off. Optimal results typically last between 4 and 9 months, depending on the treatment area and the speed at which your body metabolizes the medication.
Contact the San Diego Botox for Hyperhidrosis Experts
Hyperhidrosis, whether experienced in the hands, feet, or armpits, is an embarrassing condition that often inhibits a person’s desire to be in social situations. The experienced doctors at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology are anxious to help you overcome your hyperhidrosis today. Call us at 858.365.3620 to schedule a consultation.
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