How Botox Can Help Your Hyperhidrosis

It’s doubtful that many people like the feeling of being sweaty. However, sweating is an important mechanism that your body uses to cool down when conditions are hot or you’re exercising intensely. Without sweating, you risk becoming overheated, which can lead to serious health problems like heatstroke.

Dr. Omar Aref is a skilled, experienced physician in Plant City, Florida, who diagnoses and treats a variety of medical issues to allow you to live a full and healthy life. Dr. Aref has many years of experience using Botox® to treat hyperhidrosis, and provides you with top-notch treatment in a safe and comfortable environment.

What is hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is a condition in which your body produces much more sweat than you need to stay cool. Hyperhidrosis can be embarrassing as well as uncomfortable. It can cause practical problems, making it difficult for you to hold on to objects, for example, and can increase skin infections.

Approximately 2.8% of the US population experiences hyperhidrosis. It’s typically a result of overactivity by the nerves that trigger your sweat glands, but can also be caused by conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, and infections. Hyperhidrosis typically affects the underarms, hands, or feet.

What are the symptoms of hyperhidrosis?

The main symptom of hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating, either under the arms, on the soles of the feet, or on the palms of the hands. The level of sweating is extreme compared with the amount of exertion or the temperature. It can cause you to soak through your clothing and have trouble shaking hands, and it can affect your self-esteem and intimate relationships.

What is Botox?

Botox is an FDA-approved treatment for hyperhidrosis that’s injected into the affected areas, just below the surface of the skin. Botox is composed of botulinum toxin, which, when injected into the body, interrupts the chemical that “turns on” the sweat glands. As a result, sweating in the treated areas is reduced for as long as the chemical remains in the skin.

Currently, the FDA has approved Botox for excessive underarm sweating, but not for hand or foot sweating. However, some doctors are able to provide treatment for those types of hyperhidrosis as well, in what’s known as off-label use. 

What is the Botox treatment like?

Once Dr. Aref determines that Botox treatment for hyperhidrosis is appropriate for you, he takes the time to explain the procedure to you and gives you time to ask questions. Once you’re ready to begin, Dr. Aref makes sure you’re comfortable and offers a local anesthetic to prevent you from having any discomfort during the procedure.

The treatment consists of a series of about 25-30 injections into each of your armpits using a very small needle. Once the injections are complete, you may feel residual soreness or see some swelling at the injection sites, but these aftereffects should go away after a short time. You can return to your normal activities immediately. 

The Botox treatment lasts 4-12 months, and when it begins to wear off, you can make another appointment for a repeat treatment. 

Excessive sweating can be embarrassing, distressing, and uncomfortable. Botox effectively treats hyperhidrosis during a simple and brief in-office procedure, and the results can last for up to a year. 

To make an appointment at Omar Aref, MD, call our office and speak to our friendly staff, or use our convenient online booking tool

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