What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis – the condition of excessive sweating. Those who suffer from it sweat profusely regardless of temperature, physical exertion, or nervousness. As a result, they are often left with cold, sweaty palms, stained clothing, body odor, and social embarrassment.
How does Botox for Hyperhidrosis work?
Botulinum toxin type A (BTX-A) is a natural, purified protein with the ability to temporarily block the secretion of the chemical that is responsible for “turning on” the body’s sweat glands. By blocking, or interrupting, this chemical messenger, botulinum toxin “turns off” sweating at the area where it has been injected. Botox injections are very shallow, meaning that the medicine is injected just below the surface of the skin, where it remains.
What results can be expected from Botox for Hyperhidrosis?
When used to treat underarm excessive sweating, Botox has been shown to result in an 82-87% decrease in sweating. Results start to become noticeable approximately 2 to 4 days after treatment with the full effects usually noted within 2 weeks. Dryness typically lasts 4 to 12 months, but some studies have found it can last as long as 14 months.
How Long Has Botox Been Used to Treat Hyperhidrosis?
In 2004, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved BOTOX for the treatment of severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the underarms) in patients unable to obtain relief using antiperspirants.