We know Botox® as a common method for smoothing wrinkles, but did you know it can also be used to treat excessive sweating? Topical medicines are only able to treat the surface—but sweat is something that originates deep in your body. Botox was designed for subdermal uses, and that’s where it can be of great help in eliminating this common condition.
Botox treatment can temporarily block the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands don’t receive chemical signals, the severe sweating stops. Perspiration continues to be produced elsewhere in the body. Your sweat doesn’t go anywhere or get backed up, because the sweat simply isn’t produced in the treated areas. Remember, the rest of your body is free to release moisture normally. And if you were to stop Botox treatment, the sweating function would return to normal. Clinical studies have found that 81% of patients treated with Botox® achieved a greater than 50% reduction in sweating, compared to only 41% who were treated with other methods. Results may last for 6 months.
Patients usually notice fast results with this procedure. To find out if you’re a good candidate for Botox, schedule a consultation with Dr. Houser or Dr. Kraft at Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery of Columbus.