Botox For Hyperhidrosis

Botox For Hyperhidrosis

Botox For Hyperhidrosis In Tucson, Arizona

In 2004 the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new treatment for moderate to severe excessive sweating of the underarms (axillary hyperhidrosis) in patients unable to obtain relief using antiperspirants.  BOTOX is manufactured by Allergan and it is the only approved neurotoxin for the treatment of hyperhidrosis in the US. The use of botox for hyperhidrosis has been successfully proven for many years.

How does it work?

Using tiny injections of Botox to alleviate the symptoms of hyperhidrosis is a promising approach. Research has shown that treating excessive sweating of the armpits, hands, feet, and face with Botox is safe and effective. In one clinical study involving 322 patients with severe underarm sweating, 81% of the patients receiving these injections achieved a greater than 50% reduction in sweating. And, 50% of the patients had their excessive sweating relieved for at least 201 days (nearly 7 months).

Botox for hyperhidrosisis 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.  While sweating is an essential body function for temperature-control, the underarms contain less than 2% of the body’s sweat glands. The treatment of these sweat glands has no effect on body thermoregulation and has not been shown to be a concern.

The use of Botox for hyperhidrosis can be most effective when performed by an expert injector who has experience with the procedure.  Injections can be administered in relatively little time, and do not demand any restrictions in work or leisure activity (aside from refraining from intensive exercise or the use of a sauna on the day of the injections).

What can I expect during the Botox For Hyperhidrosis treatment?

During the procedure, a very fine needle is used to inject tiny amounts of Botox just under the skin in the axillae every 1 to 2 centimeters. Multiple injections are given based on your injector’s assessment of the area that needs to be treated.  To ease any discomfort, injectors may use one or more of a number of anesthetic techniques such as ice or numbing cream. Treatment of the underarms is usually not painful and easy to withstand.  Usually 100-150 units of Botox are needed to adequately treat both underarms.  After two weeks, a touch up of additional units may be necessary for any break through sweating.  Immediately following treatment, the underarms may feel a bit irritated with red bumps or perhaps slight bruising.  This is normal and not a cause for concern.  Any side effects usually subside after a few hours to a few days.  It is recommended that heat to the area be avoided for a day or two as well as wearing any antiperspirant or deodorant as this may cause excessive irritation. If you have questions about botox for hyperhidrosis or would like to schedule an appointment in Tucson, Arizona call today:  (520) 395-1245

Of Note

Botulinum toxin injections do not cure hyperhidrosis; your symptoms will go away gradually (usually in about a week) and return gradually. Follow-up injections are required to maintain dryness. These repeat injections may be necessary at intervals varying from seven to sixteen months.

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