Dermatologists have discovered yet another unexpected use for Botox injections besides reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles — it’s now an effective way to control excessive sweating. Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition in which an individual suffers from excessive, unpredictable sweats — which can result in embarrassing situations, to say the least. And studies have shown that approximately one in five Americans has hyperhidrosis. According to a July 8 AZFamily.com article, a simple procedure involving Botox injections to the underarms, palms, feet or other affected areas can help control excess sweating for as long as five to nine months — perfect for the sweltering summer months where it can feel like all you do is sweat.
“Treating hyperhidrosis with botox injections is extremely effective because botox temporarily blocks the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands,” says Karyn Baily, Director of Med Aesthetics in Brampton. “This makes it virtually impossible to sweat excessively.”
According to medicaldaily.com, Botox helps control sweat because it is a purified neurotoxin that blocks the chemical responsible for sending contraction signals to the muscles that control sweating. Botox treatments for hyperhidrosis cost around $400, according to AZFamily.com, and insurance typically doesn’t cover Botox treatments. However, receiving relief from your hyperhidrosis can be well worth the expense of receiving Botox injections to treat excessive sweating. Best of all, a Botox injection is a safe, non-invasive way to treat hyperhidrosis. All your treatment will leave behind is some light bruising.