Hyperhidrosis Before & After Photos
People with hyperhydrosis can produce far more sweat than is needed to control their body temperature. This can leave armpits and palms constantly damp, making everyday activities more difficult to carry out, or causing embarrassing social situations.
Botox can be injected into the armpits and palms, blocking the action of nerves that supply the eccrine (sweat) glands. This stops the glands from producing sweat.
Treatment totally blocks the nerve ending for about 6-12 weeks but then new nerve endings start to form. This means the effects of treatment last for several months but will eventually wear off.
Many patients treated with Botox in the axilla are pleased to discover there is also significant reduction in body odor (bromhydrosis) produced by the axilla!
Unlike antiperspirants or topical treatments, Botox targets sweating at its source, and enters the specific glands responsible for excessive sweating, blocking the release of a chemical which causes the production of perspiration.
In clinical studies, 95% of patients with hyperhydrosis that was severe enough to interfere with their daily lives experienced the benefits of Botox after just one week, with sweating reduced by an average of 83%.
Half of patients report that after one Botox treatment they are free of excessive sweating for more than 7 months, and more than one third of patients are still free of excess sweating after one year. Because you continue to sweat normally in other areas, there is no concern about overheating.
Individuals troubled by excessive sweating often do not respond adequately to antiperspirants, and they may not respond to (or be willing to tolerate) systemic medications, electrical treatments on the areas of excessive sweating, permanent destruction of the nerves which control sweating, or surgery (in the armpits) to either scrape away the sweat glands or to cut out the areas of excessive sweating.
Botox injections for excessive sweating, by contrast with the above, is a simple office procedure with little discomfort or risk; and can be much less expensive than surgery. Some people will only want Botox treatment before an important event (for example, a wedding). Others, whose sweating is mainly a problem during hot weather, may have Botox treatment at the start of every summer. Botox treatments can be safely continued year-round if necessary to maintain control of your sweating.