Botox for Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)

A hot summer day or a high-pressure meeting at work can cause any of us to experience embarrassing sweat stains under our arms, down our backs, or elsewhere. Sweating is our body’s way of keeping us from over-heating. For some of us, our body’s sweat system seems to get stuck in the “on” position. For those suffering from excessive sweating, the issue can have significant personal, social, and professional impacts.

Excessive sweating is a condition called hyperhidrosis. There are two main types of hyperhidrosis: primary and secondary. Primary hyperhidrosis occurs in specific areas of the body called focal areas. These focal areas include the underarms, hands, feet, face, scalp, under the breasts, and in the groin. Secondary hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating caused by something else, such as a medical condition or as a side effect of a medication.

 

Options to relieve excessive sweating include prescription-strength antiperspirants, oral medications, topical medications, or just wearing black clothing. These options are often inconvenient, uncomfortable, and have to be repeated daily.

 

An easier and longer-lasting way to reduce excessive sweating is treatment with Botox. This is a safe and effective treatment administered by injection just below the surface of the skin in the areas you suffer from excessive sweating. Botox is a natural purified protein that temporarily blocks the chemical messenger that turn on the sweat glands that make you sweat.

 

Sweating is an essential part of our body’s defense system. This system regulates our body’s temperature by cooling itself through evaporation of our sweat. We have over 2 million sweat glands in our body. Sweat glands are typically activated messages from the brain, hormones, emotions, or physical activity. Treatment with Botox does not eliminate your body’s ability to sweat; it just turns down the over-active glands in the specific area the treatment is provided.

 

If you suffer from the effects of excessive sweating, please schedule an appointment with the experts at Orlando Skin Solutions to learn if Botox may be the right treatment for you.