Botox® Treatment for Excess Sweating
Austin has its share of humid summer weather which results in the whole city bathed in a blanket of sweat. However, excessive sweating is a serious and real medical condition affecting 7.8 million people in the United States. Overactive sweat glands can limit clothing choices, ruin fabrics, run up dry cleaning bills and cause embarrassment in social situations. Excessive sweating occurs in different parts of the body including underarms, palms of the hand, soles of the feet or scalp area. Many patients have tried using clinical strength antiperspirants to stop sweat, but have found them to be ineffective.
For patients who have failed to control excessive sweating with topical agents, there is a new treatment option. Since 2004, the FDA has approved Botox as a safe and effective treatment for excessive underarm sweat. Botox acts by blocking the release of the chemical neurotransmitter (acetylcholine) that causes your glands to sweat.
The treatment is performed in our office. First, the doctor applies a topical analgesic to the area being treated. Then, a dye is used to mark locations where sweating is greatest. Using a micro-needle, Dr. Zimmet makes a small series of Botox injections. Depending on the size of the affected area, patients can expect the treatment to last approximately 15 minutes. Best of all, there is no recovery or downtime after Botox treatment for excessive perspiration. A few patients experience temporary soreness in the treatment area.
Following the first treatment, a majority of patients see a significant reduction in sweating within a couple of weeks. The injections are usually effective for a period of six to seven months, after which time repeat treatments are recommended to receive continued benefits.
Dr. Zimmet recommends Botox treatments for patients who suffer from hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and have tried topical treatments such as clinical-strength antiperspirant.
If you suffer from excessive sweating, call us today at (512) 402-6694 to set up a consultation and treatment.