VICTORY WELLNESS CAN HELP EXCESSIVE SWEATING
Here’s how Botox works for hyperhidrosis:
- Neurotransmitter Blockage: Botox primarily works by blocking the release of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter responsible for stimulating muscle contractions and activating sweat glands. When Botox is injected, it interferes with the nerve signals in the treated area.
- Reduced Sweat Production: Since acetylcholine can’t reach the sweat glands to activate them, the production of sweat is decreased in the area where Botox has been injected.
- Targeted Areas: Botox is often used for localized hyperhidrosis, especially in the armpits (axillary hyperhidrosis). However, it can also be used for palmar (hands) and plantar (feet) hyperhidrosis, though the injections in these areas can be more painful.
- Temporary Relief: The effects of Botox are not permanent. They usually last between 4 to 14 months, depending on the individual and the area treated. This means patients will need repeated treatments to maintain the effects.
- Safety and Side Effects: Botox injections for hyperhidrosis are generally considered safe when administered by trained professionals. However, as with any medical treatment, there can be side effects. For hyperhidrosis, potential side effects can include pain or bruising at the injection site, muscle weakness near the treated area, or, very rarely, unintended effects in areas distant from the injection site due to the spread of the toxin.
It’s essential for patients to discuss the risks and benefits of Botox injections with Dr. Kerschner to determine if it’s the right treatment option for their hyperhidrosis.