Too Much Sweating? Botox Can Help!
Did you know that Botox can be used to treat more than wrinkles? While Botox is well known for treating facial fine lines, it is also used for a variety of non-cosmetic purposes. Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a medical condition that is present—although often undiagnosed—in millions of people worldwide. In 2004, Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) gained approval from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to treat this condition.
Research has shown that Botox is an effective treatment for hyperhidrosis. When specifically treating excessive sweating of the underarm area (primary axillary hyperhidrosis) Botox has been shown to decrease sweating by 82% -87%. Patients often notice results between 2 – 4 days after the initial treatment, but full results are not present until 2 weeks. After treatment patients may experience improvement of the underarms for 4 – 12 months. Continued treatments are required to maintain effectiveness. (More information specific to hyperhidrosis, The International Hyperhydrosis Society, a non-profit organization, can be found at http://www.sweathelp.org.)