Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, is an embarrassing and frustrating condition. When topical antiperspirants do not control sweating, you may need a more advanced treatment. There are effective options for controlling excessive sweating, even in the Florida heat and humidity. At 4Beauty Aesthetic Institute for Plastic Surgery, we offer non-invasive hyperhidrosis treatments like Botox® injections to reduce sweaty palms, armpits and other trouble areas. In as little as one visit to our med spa in Miami, you can find relief from excessive sweating with our hyperhidrosis treatment.
What Causes Hyperhidrosis?
The body releases sweat to regulate temperature but, in some cases, sweat glands overact and produce more sweat than is necessary. This is called primary hyperhidrosis, and it can affect the sweat glands in the palms, feet, armpits and all over the body. The exact cause of primary hyperhidrosis is not known, but it can run in families and could be affected by hormonal balance. Secondary hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating caused by medical conditions or other factors, such as obesity, pregnancy, medications, menopause and certain diseases.
Am I a Candidate for Hyperhidrosis Treatment?
If you have sweaty palms, feet or underarms that do not respond to topical treatments, you may be a good candidate for hyperhidrosis treatment. People who are embarrassed by armpit sweat that stains their clothes or sweaty palms that always feel wet and clammy can benefit from Botox treatment for excessive sweating. Ideal candidates have tried OTC deodorants or topical creams without success or have been diagnosed with hyperhidrosis. However, Botox hyperhidrosis treatment is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or for people with certain neurological disorders.
How Does Botox Control Excessive Sweating?
Botox injections are known for their cosmetic benefits for lines, wrinkles and other aesthetic improvements. Botox is a neuromodulator that blocks nerve signals to targeted muscles and this ability can be used to impact sweat glands. The neurotoxins can semi-disable sweat glands to reduce excessive sweating by about 80%. Botox is FDA-approved for treatment of hyperhidrosis, offering a non-invasive treatment that is very effective for reducing excessive sweating. Botox hyperhidrosis treatment can be used for the armpit sweat glands, as well as glands in the hands or feet.
Hyperhidrosis Treatment Recovery and Results
Botox treatment for hyperhidrosis is one of the least invasive options with no downtime needed. The treatment can be performed at our clinic in Miami in less than a half hour. There is very little discomfort from the injection and few, if any, side effects. The most common side effects are slight swelling and bruising at the injection site. You can return to your normal activities right after your treatment.
The effects of Botox take about 2-4 days to occur after your injections. You should notice the treated area is drier and producing much less sweat than before. The results of Botox hyperhidrosis treatment can last up to a year or more, but usually it is about 4-6 months before the treatment would need to be repeated. Results can last longer after each treatment, requiring fewer Botox treatments every year.
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Hyperhidrosis Treatment FAQs
Is Botox safe for hyperhidrosis treatment?
Botox has been approved by the FDA as a safe and effective treatment for excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis. Dr. Mendieta and our team at 4Beauty Aesthetic Institute for Plastic Surgery will go over your medical history to ensure you are a good candidate for Botox injections.
Are there other treatments for hyperhidrosis?
There are other possible treatments including using ultrasound energy or ablative treatments to impact the nerves that stimulate sweat glands. In severe cases, some people may undergo surgery for hyperhidrosis treatment.
Will other areas of the body sweat more after hyperhidrosis treatment?
There is no evidence that other sweat glands will overcompensate for reduced sweating caused by hyperhidrosis treatment. If you have Botox injections for your armpit sweat glands, it is unlikely you will experience increased sweating in other areas like the scalp, hands or feet.