Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a common disorder. Whether you're sweating from your hands, feet, or underarms, our highly trained staff can help reduce your symptoms and restore your confidence. Our BOTOX® procedure for hyperhidrosis effectively combats intensive sweating, allowing you to return to your daily activities without worrying about sweating through your shirt or other embarrassing scenarios.
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is a common medical disorder that involves hyperactive sweat glands. Typically, those who suffer from hyperhidrosis experience excessive sweating in their:
- Armpits, also known as axillary hyperhidrosis
- Palms and soles of the feet, also known as palmoplantar hyperhidrosis
Hyperhidrosis can be embarrassing, uncomfortable, and may complicate simple everyday interactions. You may avoid social situations for fear of sweating through your clothing, and shaking someone’s hand can be a nerve-racking ordeal if your palms are excessively sweaty. With our safe and effective BOTOX treatments, we can lessen the effects of your hyperhidrosis to diminish these anxieties and allow you to live your life more freely, with a restored sense of confidence.
Am I a Good Candidate for BOTOX?
Usually, BOTOX> is seen as a last resort for those who suffer from hyperhidrosis. If you've tried the following lifestyle changes and treatments, but none of them seemed to provide the results you were looking for, you may be a good candidate for BOTOX:
- Wearing sweat-proof clothing
- Using over-the-counter antiperspirants
- Using prescription strength antiperspirants
- Using topical medications
- Taking oral medications
To be a candidate for BOTOX procedures, you must be at least 18 years of age and have no known muscle or nerve conditions.
Is BOTOX for Hyperhidrosis Safe?
BOTOX has been approved by the FDA to treat excessive armpit sweating. Injections are completely safe and effective. With few or no side effects, you can receive your BOTOX treatments at our Seattle office in minutes and get back to your daily activities right away.
While BOTOX to provide quick-drying treatment to hands and feet hasn't yet been approved by the FDA, the concept is the same as using BOTOX to treat excessive armpit sweating, and the results are comparable. If provided by an experienced medical professional – like those on our staff – these types of BOTOX treatments can be administered safely and effectively.
The BOTOX Procedure
BOTOX works to temporarily block the chemical signals that stimulate the sweat glands and cause you to perspire. The more units of BOTOX injected, the longer the effects seem to last. A complete BOTOX procedure differs depending on the area we are treating.
For armpit treatments, we normally don't require a local anesthetic before injecting BOTOX. Instead, we use an extremely fine needle to inject a small amount of BOTOX into each armpit. You may experience some discomfort at the injection site, but this should be minimal and temporary, going away almost immediately after treatment.
Hands and feet are much more sensitive than the armpits, which is why we typically administer local anesthetic to numb the area before we begin the procedure. We will then inject BOTOX carefully into your palms or soles with a fine-tipped needle. Once the treatment is complete, sweat on your hands or soles of your feet should be drastically reduced for months at a time.
What to Expect After Treatment
Most patients experience little or no discomfort after a BOTOX injection. You may experience some mild side effects, such as discomfort at the injection site, dry mouth, and potentially a small headache. These side effects are all normal and should go away on their own within a couple of hours.
Typically, patients will immediately notice a significant reduction in their body's sweat patterns after a BOTOX procedure. These effects typically last for about six months after treatment, although some individuals may go up to 14 months before needing another procedure. As with any procedure, results will vary. Our Allure Esthetic team can help determine a treatment plan that will be right for you.