While Botox® Cosmetic is perhaps best known as an anti-aging treatment for forehead wrinkles and frown lines, it does have other uses. When injected into the underarm area, Botox® can also be used to treat excessive underarm sweating, or hyperhidrosis. With the climate in Houston and its neighboring areas of Clear Lake, Friendswood, and Pearland, sweating can be an unfortunate side effect. Hyperhidrosis is a distressing and embarrassing condition for many individuals, but fortunately Botox® can help.
Dr. Vitenas performs Botox® injections for excessive sweating in his office in Houston, Texas. The procedure takes about thirty minutes to complete and does not require anesthesia. During the procedure, very tiny needles are used to inject small doses of Botox® into the areas that produce excessive sweat. Botox® then stops the nerve signals that stimulate the sweat glands, thus reducing sweating.
There is no downtime or recovery associated with Botox® injections for the treatment of excessive sweating. Minor bruising may occur at the injection sites but most patients are able to immediately resume their normal activities. Results generally last six months to a year. Botox® is FDA-approved for the use of excessive sweating.
Q – What is Botox®?
Botox® Cosmetic, or Botulinum® Toxin type A, is a simple, non-surgical treatment which can improve excessive underarm sweating. With just a few injections performed in the office setting, patients can find relief from excessive underarm sweating for six months or longer.
Q – How does Botox® work to treat excessive sweating?
Botox®, or Botulinum® Toxin type A, is a neurotoxin which works by temporarily blocking the nerve signals that stimulate the sweat glands.
Q – Who is a candidate for Botox® treatments for excessive sweating?
Men and women who are bothered by excessive underarm sweating, a condition known as hyperhidrosis, may be good candidates for treatment with Botox®.
Q – How long do the effects of Botox® last when treating excessive sweating?
Botox® injections for the treatment of excessive sweating generally last six months to a year.