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Botox for Excessive Sweating – Hyperhidrosis: Is It Right for You

When most people think of BOTOX they think of a smooth, wrinkle free, younger looking face. However BOTOX has many FDA approved medical uses besides cosmetic enhancements including treating focal hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. The injection can be used in body areas such as hands, feet, groin and the most common area, underarms. When injected BOTOX paralyzes the overactive nerve preventing the nerve signals to produce too much sweat.

botox for excessive sweatingTo ensure someone is a good candidate the initial consult takes place with a licensed professional to asset the area of concern. If the patient is approved, the physician will begin to clean and then numb the treatment area with a topical anesthetic ointment. The physician will typically let the patient numb for 30 minutes to an hour. The physician will then remove the topical anesthetic and clean the area. They will then grid the treatment area and proceed with injecting BOTOX into the site with a tiny needle. For underarms it is normally recommended 50 units per underarm.

Patients will typically start to notice improvement in the treated area 5 days after treatment with full results after 2 weeks. Results typically can last up to 4-6 months however over time patients can go longer in between treatments. It is possible some patients may experience swelling, tenderness, sensitivity and bruising after treatment but should subside within 5-7 days.

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