What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating. It refers to any abnormal sweating, such as sweating when it’s not hot. People who sweat excessively often soak through their clothing or drip sweat. Regular antiperspirants don’t work well for those with this condition. Hyperhidrosis exists in two forms: primary focal and secondary generalized. Primary focal is a genetic condition affecting 2.8% of the U.S. population whereas secondary is causal and its symptoms can be treated.
Botox injections are a well researched treatment option for people with hyperhidrosis. You may be a candidate for Botox if your sweating fails to improve with prescription antiperspirants. Botox has been FDA-approved for people who sweat excessively from their armpits. It may also be used “off-label” to reduce sweating in other areas, such as the hands, feet, and face.
How does Botox work for Hyperhidrosis?
Botox works by blocking the nerves responsible for activating your sweat glands. Normally, your nervous system activates your sweat glands when your body temperature rises. This is how your body automatically cools itself. In people with hyperhidrosis, however, the nerves that signal the sweat glands are overactive.
When you receive Botox injections directly into the area of your body that commonly sweats, your overactive nerves are essentially paralyzed. When your nerves can’t signal your sweat glands, you don’t sweat. However, Botox only prevents sweating in the specific area where it’s injected. Botox injections are very shallow, meaning that the medicine is injected just below the surface of the skin, where it remains.
When used to treat underarm excessive sweating, Botox has been shown to result in an 82-87% decrease in sweating. Results start to be 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.
Hyperhidrosis Treatments at MarSha MedSpa
Treatments will always start with a consultation with our Medical Provider. If you are a good candidate for Botox, you will be scheduled for treatment at a later date. Administering Botox for Hyperhidrosis is considered a medical procedure and state laws mandate only medical providers conduct this treatment. At MarSha Medspa, Botox injections are administered only by a Medical Doctor or Nurse Practitioner. Patient medical history and contraindications are discussed in detail during the consultation step to ensure the treatment is a safe option for the client. With our providers’ thorough education and understanding of human anatomy, along with years of experience in intramuscular injections, MarSha Medspa ensures clients receive the best possible providers for this medical treatment.