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What causes excessive sweating?

Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, affects about five percent of people in the USA. When the body produces far more sweat than usual, it may be the result of one of the following:

  • Genetically inherited
  • Hormonal changes
  • A side effect of certain medications
  • Stress or emotional disturbances

Symptoms: Do you suffer from excessive sweating?

The symptoms of overactive sweat glands include:

  • You suffer from excessive sweat at least once a week.
  • The sweat occurs on both sides of your body
  • Sweat soaks through your clothing
  • You frequently need to change your clothing
  • Over-the-counter antiperspirants cannot control the problem

BOTOX injections to treat hyperhidrosis

Most of us consider BOTOX to be an anti-aging injection to smooth wrinkles and lines, but it has the added value of being among the easiest non-surgical treatments for excessive sweating. Rather than removing the sweat glands as occurs in surgical treatment, the BOTOX injections work to block the chemical that tells the glands to produce sweat.

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What is the treatment like to experience?

The BOTOX is injected through a very fine needle, just under your skin, with the injections placed in a grid pattern beneath your arms a few centimeters apart. For your comfort, the area may be numbed before your injections. You may feel slight discomfort during the injections. 

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What are the side effects of BOTOX for excessive sweating?

You should not experience any side effects, other than some tenderness or mild swelling at the injection sites. Any other side effects are extremely rare.

How long will it take to work?

The reduction in sweating will begin to appear at about the three to four-day mark, with the full effect achieved in two weeks. The results are long-lasting, with retreatment needed within four to ten months in most cases – everyone responds slightly differently.

Is BOTOX for excessive sweating safe?

BOTOX has been FDA-approved to treat hyperhidrosis since 2004. The treatment is effective, safe, and BOTOX is one of the most commonly injected products in the world with an impressive safety record.

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