Excessive sweating – also known as hyperhidrosis – can leave the hands, chest, armpits or feet constantly damp, making everyday activities difficult to carry our, and causing embarrassment to the sufferer.
BOTOX® is normally used to treat facial frown lines and wrinkles by temporarily paralysing the muscles, but it can also be effectively used to prevent the sweat glands from producing excess levels of sweat.
BOTOX® blocks the actions of the nerves that supply the sweat glands. This prevents the glands from producing excessive sweat.
The benefits of this treatment are that it’s non-invasive, quick and simple to perform and can reduce and almost eliminate sweating for up to 6 months. Furthermore there’s virtually no down-time and normal activities can be resumed immediately after treatment.
How is Excessive Sweating treatment performed?
Using a very fine needle, a small amount of BOTOX®, is injected into 10 to 15 places about 1 cm apart and spread evenly in each area. A treatment session usually takes anywhere between 10-20 minutes.
How effective is the treatment & how long will the results last?
The effects commence within the 1st week and a significant reduction in sweating is usually evident within 4 weeks. Patients respond to treatments differently. This treatment will not abolish sweating completely, but you should notice a dramatic reduction. BOTOX® blocks the nerve endings, but over about 4-8 months new nerve endings grow to replace them. Thus repeated treatment every 6-8 months is necessary to maintain the result.
Am I suitable for this treatment?
This treatment is not suitable for people with neuromuscular transmission disorders (e.g. Myasthenia Gravis), chronic respiratory problems, coagulation disorders or if there is a history of allergy to the injection ingredients or infection at the injection site.
Risks & Complications
Side effects are generally infrequent and rarely troublesome. There may be increased sweating in other parts of the body and, even more rarely, there may be slight muscle weakness. These effects disappear within 4 months without requiring additional treatment.
Alternative Treatments for excessive sweating
Topical agents, Iontophoresis, tablets and surgical operations are among alternative treatments for excessive sweating, however, only few are effective and acceptable, and none have been without possible complications.