Still Sweating it in the Winter? Botox Could Help
- Posted on: Dec 15 2019
If you notice yourself sweating a lot more than other people, even in the colder months, it’s possible you may have a condition called hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is the term for excessive sweating. Excessive sweating can take place in many parts of the body including the palms, underarms, feet, and more. There are a variety of treatment options available to curb this sweating. While Botox may seem like an aggressive choice to treat this issue, it can be the best course of treatment if other topical solutions and products aren’t working.
Yes, the same medicine that’s used for reducing the appearance of wrinkles can be used to help your hyperhidrosis. Botox is an FDA-approved option for treating excessive sweating of the underarms. It can also be used on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Botox is effective for this ailment because it prevents the release of a chemical that signals to your sweat gland that they need to produce sweat.
Botox injections are done in Dr. Goldman’s office. Your whole visit should take less than 15 minutes and does not require any special preparations or recovery time. During the procedure, a very fine needle is used to inject tiny amounts of Botox right under the skin, throughout the area in a grid pattern to minimize sweating. To ease any discomfort, you may also be given a nerve block, ice, or other local anesthetic. The only aftercare or restrictions afterwards are to avoid intense exercise and using the sauna on the day of the injections. If you are getting Botox on your underarms, you may also be advised not to shave that area for a few days before the injections.
A followup appointment is recommended to ensure that any spots that may have been missed during the initial procedure can be “touched up”. It’s important to remember that Botox will not cure your hyperhidrosis. But you should not have to worry about repeating injections until after about 6 months. It usually takes about a week for the sweating to gradually go away and when it returns it should also do so gradually.
If you’re interested in Botox for hyperhidrosis or other treatment options available for hyperhidrosis, schedule an appointment with Dr. Goldman today by calling 212.962.1115.
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