The other day my friend came to me for advice. “ I have an embarrassing problem”, she said. She then explained to me that lately, she could not control how much she sweats. It had gotten to the point where to she was afraid to wear anything but black, in fear that she would raise her arms and show giant sweat stains. “Please, tell me that I’m not alone in this and there is something I can do.”
I told her that she may be suffering from something called hyperhidrosis, and that she may be surprised to hear that BOTOX® can actually help deal with the sweating. Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating problems are caused by the nervous system. BOTOX® effectively blocks the impulses sent from the brain to the nerves that cause excessive sweating. Deodorants and antiperspirants control sweat by clogging the pores, but are not effective on people with hyperhidrosis.
Surgical treatments for hyperhidrosis include cutting out the sweat glands or cutting the nerves that lead to the glands. These surgical treatments can cause permanent scars and nerve damage. BOTOX® treatments for hyperhidrosis take 10 to 20 minutes. The treatment begins working within the first week and last for six to twelve months.
Where does the sweat go? Your sweat doesn’t go anywhere or get backed up because the sweat simply is not produced in the areas treated with BOTOX®. Remember, the rest of your body is free to produce moisture normally.