Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, affects approximately 3% of the population, and can be embarrassing, uncomfortable, anxiety-inducing, and disabling for those who suffer from it. Excessive sweating occurs when the body’s mechanism for cooling itself is overactive, causing a person to sweat four to five times more than is normal. Luckily, BOTOX® is a safe and effective way to treat this condition.
How BOTOX® works to prevent excessive sweating
BOTOX® works by blocking the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands, and reducing sweat production by glands. It is injected with a tiny needle just underneath the skin. Multiple injections are required to cover the entire area of involvement. Prior to injection a starch iodine test is done to delineate the active sweat glands.
The results take effect within two weeks and last anywhere between three to twelve months, depending on the individual.