Botox® is a purified protein that is used in small doses for certain cosmetic procedures and medical conditions. It is highly effective in the treatment of hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating. Many people suffer from overactive sweat glands of the hands, underarms, soles, and face. In the past, traditional topical or surgical approaches to this embarrassing and uncomfortable problem have been futile. Now Botox® can be injected directly into the areas of sweating to improve hyperhidrosis. It is also helpful for many patients with tension or migraine headaches and can provide months of relief with one straightforward treatment session.
Botox® for Hyperhidrosis
Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) of the palms, face, soles, and underarms can be an embarrassing problem for patients. Social interactions can be adversely affected, and many patients are eager to have their sweating eliminated. Botox® injections are performed in a straightforward 30 minute outpatient session. Anesthesia of the area to be treated is sometimes obtained with a topical anesthetic or local application of ice. Multiple injections with a tiny needle are carefully performed into the areas of sweating.
The effect of Botox® injections begins to be apparent 2 to 3 days after the injection session, and lasts on average 6 to 8 months. Repeat treatments are performed as the initial effect begins to dissipate. Side effects are minimal to non-existent and include minor bruising and occasional short term very mild hand weakness (when the palms are treated). Driving and normal activities are not affected, and the weakness usually resolves within 1 to 2 weeks.
Botox® for hyperhidrosis is an amazingly effective procedure, often referred to by our patients as the equivalent of turning off a faucet of dripping and sweating. Dr. Laborde is expertly trained in this procedure to produce consistently superb results.