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Botox for Sweating

Excessive Sweating

It seems that the media talks about Botox not only for fighting wrinkles, but also for migraine headaches, and now excessive sweating (hyperhydrosis).  While not dangerous, hyperhydrosis is annoying and embarrassing because it affect the underarms, hands, feet, and face.  Some patients experience such severe sweating that they hesitate to raise their arms or remove suit jackets for fear that people will see the underarm sweat stains.  Patients with mild symptoms can use topical or oral medications with success, but more severe cases may not respond.  Another treatment for hyperhydrosis is surgical, but some patients wish to avoid invasive procedures.  Botox provides a solution for people who endure severe sweating by blocking the transmission of the chemicals that signal nerves to stimulate sweat glands.  The sweat glands remain intact and unaltered – it is just the sweat gland’s ability to release sweat that is stopped.  In clinical trials, over 80% of treated patients experienced a 50% decrease in sweating in the areas injected with Botox.  If you are concerned about excessive sweating and want to do something about it, contact West Houston Dermatology to discuss treatment options with Botox, and don’t sweat the small stuff.

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Botox for Sweating

Botox for Sweating

Botox blocks the transmission of chemical signals to the nerves that stimulate sweat glands to release sweat. The sweat glands themselves are not altered, just their ability to release sweat, and so sweating is reduced. Clinical studies show that 81% of patients treated with Botox had at least a 50% reduction in sweating in the areas injected.

Reduced sweating is usually seen within the first several days following treatment, but full benefit can take several weeks. Most patients see greatly decreased sweating for 6-8 months though injections can be repeated to ensure long term relief of sweating.

While most insurance companies are reimbursing for the procedure if other methods (topical and oral) have failed, our office staff will work with your insurance carrier to help align coverage.