What is botulinum toxin (Botox) for excessive sweating?

Excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis) can be embarrassing for sufferers 1-2% of people globally are thought to suffer from the condition. It can affect the whole body, but it most commonly affects the under arms, the palms of the hands and soles of the feet..

Botox injections are effective as they block the nerve signals to the sweat glands which reduces the amount of sweat the armpits are able to produce.

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What does botulinum toxin (Botox) treatment for excessive sweating involve?

The treatment is relatively quick and can take as little as 10 minutes. It can sting a little so Dr Acquilla will apply a special numbing cream to the skin prior to treatment to make the treatment more comfortable as possible. Botox is then injected into a number of points under the arm pit.

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Is botulinum toxin (Botox) treatment for excessive sweating safe and is there any recovery time?

Botox is a very well-researched prescription only drug with a high safety profile.  Excessive sweating is a medical indication and should only be performed by a qualified doctor like Dr Acquilla. 

As with any treatment where we are injecting the skin, there is a risk of bruising and tenderness in the area post-treatment. It is also possible to get some muscle weakness in the area but this is temporary. 

You can return to normal activities within 12 hours of treatment


What kind of results can I expect with botulinum toxin (Botox) treatment for excessive sweating?

Botox has been shown to reduce sweating in the armpits by up to 87%. It is a very effective treatment and can be life changing for patients. The effects of Botox only last a few months so the treatment will need to be repeated every six to 12 months to maintain results.