Sweating is, of course, a perfectly natural process of the human body. When we become overly heated because of hot temperatures or engage in vigorous activities, our bodies produce sweat as a means to cool us down. However, when excess sweating is present in cooler environments and moments of inactivity, the results can be humiliating, causing many sufferers to shy away from social situations, avoid wearing certain articles of clothing, and seek out all manner of specialty topical products and antiperspirants – many of which do little more than mask excess moisture with heavy powders and greasy residues.
To combat the effects of hyperhidrosis – the medical term for sweating for no apparent reason – it is important to first establish any underlying causes. Hyperhidrosis is a condition affecting nearly 7.8 million people in the United States and occurs in two forms: primary and secondary hyperhidrosis. The causes of primary hyperhidrosis are not well-understood; however, secondary hyperhidrosis is a common side effect for many people suffering from a wide range of conditions and diseases or who might be pregnant. Acromegaly, anxiety, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and Parkinson’s disease are just a few examples of common triggers for hyperhidrosis. Regardless of the cause, there is a solution that has been proven to minimize sweating for millions of patients – and it might surprise you.
When most people think of Botox, they envision patients seeking smoother skin and decreased facial wrinkling. Though Botox is a terrific treatment for these issues, and is one of the most effective and trusted anti-aging products on the market, it also provides a multitude of other medical benefits; including the treatment of migraines, involuntary muscle spasms, overactive bladder, and hyperhidrosis.
Botox is delivered to hyperhidrosis patients in a series of injections to localized areas of concern. These injections temporarily block the chemical signals sent from nerves to stimulate sweat gland activity, resulting in decreased sweat production. Botox is FDA-approved and is proven to be most effective in treating the underarm region; though it can also be used to effectively minimize sweating in the hands, feet, head, and facial regions. The effects of Botox on patients with hyperhidrosis are noticeable within only two to four weeks following treatment, and can extend well into seven months after injection.
Hyperhidrosis patients treated with Botox commonly see reductions in sweating at rates of 80 to 90 percent. When treated regularly, these effects can be extended indefinitely, greatly reducing excess sweating and minimizing embarrassment caused by damp clothing and misty looking skin.
Though hyperhidrosis is common and the effects can cause a great deal of embarrassment, Botox can reduce these effects by nearly 100 percent in many cases. Just call us at 912.920.2090 or click here to schedule an appointment.