Hyperhidrosis, is a condition that most often results in excessive sweating. Common areas include the armpits (axillary hyperhidrosis), the feet (plantar hyperhidrosis), the face and head (craniofacial hyperhidrosis), or, in some instances, the entire body. Sweating is embarrassing, it stains clothes, ruins romance, and complicates business and social interactions. Severe cases can have serious practical consequences as well, making it hard for people who suffer from it to hold a pen, grip a car steering wheel, or shake hands.
Untreated, these problems may continue throughout life. The treatment is quick, safe and painless, and the results are fantastic. The treatment is not permanent but the results can last up to 7-9 months.
How does it work?
With a simple treatment of Botox® sweating in that area can stop. When BOTOX® is placed near the sweat glands the signals to sweat is stopped. It can take a few days or more to work but the results are dramatic. On average, there is over 80% decrease of sweat production in that area that lasts on average 7-9 months. Remarkably, up to a third of patients can go 1 year before they return for more. Therefore, you are treated once or maximally twice per year and don’t have to worry about constantly treating the area.
What areas can be treated?
Underarms are the most common and easiest place to administer Botox®. Often a simple solution is put on the skin to see the exact area a person sweats from and then Botox® in injected with tiny needles just under the skin. It is prepared on a way that some anaesthetic is mixed with the Botox® to make it a relatively pain free treatment.
It takes only minutes to complete.
Hands also work very well with Botox®. Because the hands are a sensitive area it is common to have some anaesthetic placed in the hands so that the injections are painless. Alternatively a vibration device can be used to make the treatment more comfortable.
Botox® is extremely affective on this area of sweating. Most sweating occurs near the hair line and drips down the face. With a few simple injections this often very visible area of sweating can treated.
Feet, like the hands often require some anaesthetic before treatment. It is not uncommon to find improvement of the feet after just the hands are treated. Although many people have a high level of satisfaction with treatment of the feet it can sometimes not be as predictable as the hands and underarms as to the degree of treatment success.