We all know that BOTOX® injections are used to reduce wrinkles and fight advanced age, but there are many other FDA-approved uses for this effective drug that do not involve cosmetics. BOTOX injections have been used to treat chronic migraine headaches as well as excessive sweating. Dr. William Baugh has helped numerous people in the Fullerton, CA area by using BOTOX for various needs.
The Full Spectrum Dermatology team would like to consider how BOTOX can help with excessive sweating. First it’s important to differentiate medically defined excessive sweating from normal sweating people experience on an average day.
Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
Excessive sweating is more than just sweating a lot when you exercise or perspiring when it’s hot outside. This is a specific medical condition known as hyperhidrosis, which affects roughly 3 percent of the population. Hyperhidrosis means that a person sweats profusely and uncontrollably. The condition may be linked to obesity, menopause, anxiety, hormonal changes, and a number of other factors.
While excessive sweating may be harmless overall, it can have a negative impact on your quality of life.
Symptoms of Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
How can you tell if you sweat a normal amount or you suffer from excessive sweating? Here are some common symptoms of excessive sweating to help you tell the difference:
- You sweat even in mild temperatures
- You sweat even when not exerting yourself or exercising
- The excessive sweating causes rashes and skin infections
- Your skin remains wet for long stretches of time
- You clothes are often sweat stained
- The excessive sweating affects the quality of your life
When Should I Consider BOTOX for Hyperhidrosis?
If you notice the above symptoms, it’s a good idea to consult with your doctor about professional treatment for excessive sweating. If you are diagnosed with hyperhidrosis, the team at our Fullerton cosmetic dermatology center can help.
How BOTOX Works for Sweating Prevention
BOTOX injections will help prevent the release of neurotransmitters that activate the sweat glands. This reduces the amount of sweat in specific parts of the body.
Candidates for Hyperhidrosis Treatment with BOTOX
Good candidates for hyperhidrosis treatment with BOTOX injections are people who are unable to control their sweating through other means, such as prescription antiperspirants. BOTOX injections for excessive sweating tend to be best when the sweating occurs mostly in one part of the body, such as the armpits, hands, or feet.
We will check for potential allergic reactions or contraindications to ensure effective care without unwanted side effects or complications.
What to Expect During a BOTOX Session
During a BOTOX session, patients will receive injections in the affected area. There may be a slight pinching sensation. The actual visit will be brief, and patients can return to normal activities afterward.
Results should be apparent by the end of five days, with full results apparent by the end of two weeks.
How Effective Is BOTOX for Excessive Sweating?
BOTOX can be highly effective for treating excessive sweat around the underarms, hands, and feet. Most patients need just a single session to experience reduced sweating. The results of treatment will last between four to six months. At the end of this time, patients can return to our Fullerton practice for another BOTOX injection session to help control excessive sweating.
Learn More About BOTOX Injections
If you would like more information about BOTOX injections and how they can benefit you, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic dermatologist and skin care specialist. The Full Spectrum Dermatology team is here to help. You can reach us by phone at (714) 879-4312.