In 2004, the FDA approved the use of Botox for hyperhidrosis or severe underarm sweating. Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition caused by over stimulated sweat glands. People with this condition often produce four to five times more sweat than people who do not suffer from hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis is triggered by many factors such as, exercise, heat or cold, alcohol, coffee, tea, smoking, hot or spicy food, stress, anxiety, and strong emotions.
How to diagnose Hyperhidrosis? If there is excessive sweating of at least 6 months duration with at least two of the following characteristics then primary Hyperhidrosis is present and this can be treated with Botox.
Bilateral and relatively symmetrical sweating
Impairs daily activity
At least one episode per week
Onset before the age of 25 years
Positive family history
Cessation of sweating during sleep
BOTOX® has proven to be an effective hyperhidrosis treatment and when injected into the underarm area, BOTOX® helps to control hyperhidrosis.
How does it work? A small volume of BOTOX® solution is injected through a very fine gauge needle into the underarm area. BOTOX® works by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When these glands no longer receive the chemical signals, the excessive underarm sweating stops. The procedure takes about 5-10 minutes, is relatively painless, and the effects of the treatment have been reported to last 6-9 months (Results vary from person to person and eventually will wear off). Depending on the severity of the hyperhidrosis, multiple injections may be needed.
Within 1-2 weeks of the initial treatment there will be significant reduction in underarm sweating. There is a possibility that some sweat glands may be missed during BOTOX® hyperhidrosis treatment. If this occurs, underarm sweating may continue from the untreated areas and a touch-up treatment may be needed.
We invite you to request a personalized consultation so we can discuss if our BOTOX® hyperhidrosis treatment is for you. Please, contact our office at (615)-829-7198 for more information.