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 hyperhidrosis by minimizing their sweating through strategically placed Botox injections.
Botox for Under Arm Sweating
Botox is an effective nonsurgical method of treating excessive armpit sweating. When injected by a professional into the armpits, the Botox 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 axillary hyperhidrosis 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 hyperhidrosis. 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 Botox stops 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 palmar hyperhidrosis. Unfortunately, hyperhidrosis of 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. Botox 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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Botox for Sweating Frequently Asked Questions
It can be incredibly frustrating dealing with hyperhidrosis symptoms. 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: Botox injections typically do not hurt, but there may be discomfort when Botox is 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 Botox injections in the armpit if you are concerned about feeling the injection.
Q: How long are Botox for hyperhidrosis treatment sessions?
A: The Botox 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 Botox 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 Botox for hyperhidrosis last?
A: Botox is a temporary treatment that can be repeated once the results wear off. Optimal results of the Botox treatment 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) 605-0605 to schedule a consultation.
To learn more about Botox for sweating, contact our San Diego office today.