Hyperhidrosis / Excessive Sweating
Whether it’s a first date, a job interview or giving the best man’s speech at a wedding, underarm sweating is often associated with nerves. But some people deal with this often embarrassing condition every day. It is a diagnosable medical condition and, thanks to Botox, very treatable.
Hyperhidrosis is a disorder characterized by excessive sweating which can occur in the palms of the hand, armpits and soles of the feet. Botox can be used for severe sweating when topical agents don’t work. The procedure is relatively straightforward. Botox solution is injected into the affected area through a very fine needle with practically no discomfort. You should notice significant reduction in sweating within four weeks of your first treatment and average duration of Botox effect is 6 months. Do not expect to have any side effects. Enjoy!
If you’re considering a hyperhidrosis treatment at Revitta in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY and are interested in learning how Botox can help excessive sweating, please schedule a free consultation by calling 212-535-1201 / 718-743-5616 or click here to contact us
Our body produces sweat to keep itself cool, which is why you’ll notice it dripping when something causes your temperature to rise. But it’s not just hot and humid weather that causes you to sweat: Exercise, physical stress, emotional stress and nervousness can also make you sweat. About 1 percent of Americans, however, sweat excessively (as much as four times the normal amount) just going about their daily lives as their bodies try to sustain a normal temperature. It’s a condition known as primary hyperhidrosis, and it most noticeably affects the palms of the hands, the feet and the armpits. People with this condition can be plagued with not only sweaty clothes and a soggy handshake, but also with skin infections and social embarrassment. This kind of sweat can’t be tamed by over-the-counter antiperspirants. What does help? As it turns out, botulinum toxin type A, what we know as Botox.
Botox is the darling of celebrities because of its ability to smooth wrinkles, but it can also stop your sweat. This ability makes it useful in fixing furrows and, as it turns out, treating excessive sweating.
Our skin — specifically the middle layer, or dermis — isn’t made up of just collagen and elastin — it’s full of sweat glands, hair follicles, sebaceous glands (these produce oil), blood vessels and nerve endings. Our body secretes sweat from two types of glands, the eccrine and apocrine glands. Eccrine glands are located in the skin, all over the body. Apocrine glands, on the other hand, are located in places on the body where there’s a high concentration of hair follicles, such as the scalp, armpits and groin area. These glands are controlled by the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, the command center that also controls involuntary bodily functions such as breathing, digestion, body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure. When you have an increase in body temperature, your sympathetic nervous system automatically signals the sweat glands to cool your body.
When Botox is injected into the skin, the treatment affects the signal between the nerve endings and the sweat glands in the dermis. The botulism toxin binds itself to the nerve endings near the injection site and acts like a roadblock. It blocks the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, a chemical our nerve cells make to communicate with each other, and this disrupts the message sent from the nerve endings to stimulate the production of sweat. The sweat glands are none the wiser.
In 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Botox injections to treat axillary hyperhidrosis (excessively sweaty armpits), and some doctors use it to treat palmar hyperhidrosis (excessively sweaty palms) and plantar hyperhidrosis (excessively sweaty feet). Each treatment may include several injection points concentrated in the affected area, and each treatment is expected to last about six months. Don’t worry about blocking the sweat from one or two small areas of the body — there are plenty of sweat glands to handle the job.
If you’re considering a hyperhidrosis treatment at Revitta in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY and are interested in learning how Botox can help excessive sweating, please schedule a free consultation. 212-535-1201 / 718-743-5616 or click here to contact us