Neurotoxin injections are a relatively quick and simple procedure. Results are seen within a few days and can last for 6 to 12 months. Re-treatment at that time is essential to maintain optimal results.
Don’t Sweat It!
Do you worry that you will perspire through your shirt during the day? Are you afraid to shake hands because your palms are often sweaty? Have you altered your lifestyle to avoid these embarrassing situations? If so, please know that you are not alone. It is estimated that 2% to 3% of Americans suffer from a condition known as hyperhidrosis or excessive, involuntary sweating. Patients with hyperhidrosis attest that the condition impacts all aspects of their lives, limiting their social and professional interactions and compromising their quality of life.
Hyperhidrosis typically affects the underarms, the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. While many perceive this condition to be a result of anxiety or nervousness, hyperhidrosis is actually the result of the overactivity of the sympathetic nervous system, which can cause you to sweat spontaneously, even in comfortable, non-threatening settings.
Fortunately, with recent advances in medicine and FDA approval, hyperhidrosis can now be effectively managed with injections of a neurotoxin, such as Botox®. Botox®, which is more commonly known for its anti-aging properties in the treatment of facial wrinkles, can now offer relief for patients who suffer from hyperhidrosis. Through a series of injections, Botox® is inserted directly into the subdermal layer of skin which temporarily blocks neurotransmitters that stimulate sweat production. These injections can be placed in the underarm area, the palms of hands and the soles of feet with minimal discomfort. A decrease in sweating is noted a few days after the injections and can last up to 6 months. At that time, a repeat treatment is necessary to maintain results. The cost of the Botox® treatment will vary from one patient to another depending on the number of treatment areas and the size of the affected area.
Uncontrollable sweating is extremely embarrassing. Stop living with the problem and start treating it. Just one Botox treatment can control this condition and improve your quality of life.
Hyperhidrosis Q & A
How do neurotoxins treat hyperhidrosis?
Botox® and Dysport® are prescription medications that are injected around the sweat glands to temporarily inhibit nerve impulses that cause excessive sweating leaving patients with a dryer skin surface.
When will I see results from a neurotoxin treatment for hyperhidrosis?
Within days, you may see a marked decrease in the amount of sweating in the underarms, palms of hands or soles of feet. Individual results may vary.
How long does a neurotoxin injection last for hyperhidrosis?
Results have been shown to last from 6 to 12 months. Your own results may vary – be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about what you can expect and when to schedule your next appointment.
Is treatment with a neurotoxin painful?
Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Most patients are in and out of the physician’s office without any downtime.