BOTOX ® is most often associated with areas of the face such as the forehead or around the eyes, yet it can be used to great effect on several areas of the body and for different purposes.
One of those is to reduce excessive sweating, a condition which is also known as hyperhidrosis.
Reducing excess sweating (Hyperhidrosis) with Botox
When BOTOX® is used to smooth lines and wrinkles it does this by blocking the nerve signals to the muscles. In a similar way, BOTOX® can also be used to prevent excessive sweating, otherwise known as hyperhidrosis, by blocking nerve signals to the sweat glands. If the gland fails to receive a signal, no sweat will be produced, meaning there will be no dampness in that region.
Some people naturally sweat more than others. Sometimes this can interfere with their personal, work or social life. You may wish to consider seeking advice from your doctor about Botox for sweating if you find that you regularly do any of the following:
How Botox for sweating works
Your practitioner will administer a series of micro injections using a tiny needle into the affected area. This will usually take about 20 minutes.
You will notice a dramatic change in how much you sweat after an average of 4 weeks. The effects will last for about 6 months.
Complimentary lifestyle changes that can reduce sweating
There are a number of lifestyle changes that can also be undertaken to help combat hyperhidrosis. These will not cure the condition, but they can help you cope with any symptoms that might occur in between BOTOX® treatments. They include:
- Avoid wearing man-made fibres such as nylon
- Avoid tight clothing that does not let your skin breath
- Wear absorbent socks, such as sports socks or those made from thick natural fibres
- Buy shoes with leather uppers
- Identify and avoid situations or activities that bring about excessive sweating, for example, drinking large amounts of alcohol or travelling on public transport in rush hour
Did you know…?
BOTOX® can be used for a number of other treatments. These include:
- Preventing teeth grinding (Bruxism)
- Bladder problems such as —
- a strong or frequent need to pass urine
- Correcting a squint and other eye muscle problems
- Eyelid spasms
- Neck pain
- Stiffness in the limbs and joints