How BOTOX® Can Treat Excessive Sweating

By Dr. TRACY MOUNTFORD, MBBS MBCAM


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)

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 sweat prevention BOTOX® treatments if you find that you regularly do any of the following:

  • Keep spare clothing with you to change into because your clothes often become wet with sweat
  • Feel constant concern that your odour is impacting those around you
  • Wear extra layers of clothing to absorb excess sweat
  • Apply antiperspirant/deodorant more than four times a day
  • Are overly cautious about what your clothes are made of or the thickness of the material due to concerns about sweating

How it 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.

  • Areas that can be treated to prevent excessive sweating include:
    • Armpits (mainly)
  • These areas can also be treated but are not as common:
    • Scalp
    • Forehead
    • Palms
    • Temples
    • Soles of feet

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 —
    • leaking
    • 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

If you have any questions about BOTOX® treatments, or anything else relating to non-invasive cosmetic procedures, please contact us by phoning 01753 646 660 or filling out a contact form here.

*DISCLAIMER Patient experience and results may vary. These are dependent on a number of factors such as lifestyle, age and medical history.

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