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Botox for sweating

FAQS ABOUT BOTOX FOR EXCESSIVE SWEATING

What Causes Excessive Sweating?

Excessive sweating is caused by overactive sympathetic nerves to the sweat glands. There are two types of hyperhidrosis: primary and secondary. Primary hyperhidrosis involves excessive sweating of specific areas such as the underarms and is usually not associated with an underlying medical condition. Secondary hyperhidrosis, on the other hand, involves generalized excessive sweating throughout the body that is due to an underlying illness, like excessive thyroid hormone, heart disease, or other problems.

How Is It Treated?

BOTOX (botulinum toxin type A) is an FDA-approved approach to treat primary hyperhidrosis of the underarms. The treatment has been shown to decrease sweating by 82-87% in the underarms. Patients who experience axillary hyperhidrosis that interferes with their daily activities are often good candidates for BOTOX injections. Many patients who decide to proceed with BOTOX have attempted non-invasive treatment options with prescription-strength antiperspirants and have had no relief of symptoms. Treatment with BOTOX can inhibit the overactive nerves that cause excessive sweating, causing the problem to temporarily subside.

What Can Expect in My BOTOX Injections for Hyperhidrosis?

Before the procedure, a numbing cream is placed under the arms for 20-30 minutes for maximum comfort. Dr. Ibrahim will then inject the BOTOX under the skin using a very small needle throughout the armpit. A series of injections are given to ensure coverage of the entire area.

Are there any side-effects?

Common side effects of BOTOX for hyperhidrosis include redness and bruising from the actual needle punctures, but these usually subside within one to two days after treatment. BOTOX is considered a safe treatment for excessive sweating. Although it inhibits sweating in the underarms, this area has a small percentage of the body’s sweat glands and, therefore, does not interfere with the body’s ability to cool itself.

How Long Does It Take To Work?

The BOTOX injections take effect approximately 5 to 7 days after treatment. Since BOTOX only offers temporary relief from your hyperhidrosis, however, you will need to return for repeat treatments to prolong its effects. BOTOX typically lasts 9-12 months, at which point patients may find they return to their previous level of perspiration. Many patients receive treatment twice per year for full coverage.

How Much Does BOTOX for Hyperhidrosis Cost?

The cost of BOTOX injections for both armpits’ averages about $1,000. However, we do provide financing through CareCredit, and Choice Pays.