The International Hyperhidrosis Society reports that about 5% of the global population (or about 3% of Americans) have hyperhidrosis — a disorder characterized by excessive sweating. Sweating cools the body. Without sweat, the body overheats. However, hyperhidrosis causes the body to produce more sweat than necessary.
Most people do not enjoy being sweaty, which can happen when you get too hot or nervous. But imagine if you got sweaty all the time, no matter the circumstance. That is what people with hyperhidrosis experience. Constant perspiration, even when temperatures are mild, is an unsightly disorder that may affect your social and professional life.
At Ocuplastic Surgery, Kami Parsa MD offers Botox® and Embrace RF to treat hyperhidrosis. One stops the sweat; the other minimizes it.
How Does Botox Prevent Excessive Sweating?
Misfiring neurotransmitters cause hyperhidrosis because they make your sweat glands hyperactive. Botox blocks the neurotransmitter that stimulates sweat glands, paralyzing them to stop perspiration.
For armpits, Botox injections can reduce sweating by 82–87%. It takes about two weeks to notice full results, but you will begin to sweat less within 2-4 days following the treatment. The effects can last up to 14 months, although the average is 4–12 months. You can return for another treatment when the results start to wear off.
Currently, only underarm Botox injections are FDA-approved. Nevertheless, doctors can prescribe it for other body parts prone to sweating, such as the back, chest, face, feet, groin, hands, head, nose and under the breasts.
What Does the Botox Procedure Entail?
Botox for sweat is an in-office procedure performed by a dermatologist or Botox-certified doctor. It consists of several injections in the underarms or other problematic regions, usually in a grid-like layout 1-2 cm apart. A topical anesthetic may be used to numb the area so you do not feel the needle prick. Otherwise, it is a relatively painless procedure.
Pre-Treatment: During your initial consultation, you will notify the doctor about any medical conditions and medications to avoid adverse side effects. In addition, you should refrain from shaving the area for at least three days before treatment.
Post-Treatment: You are free to go following your Botox treatment. However, avoiding exercise and hot water (baths and showers) for 24 hours would be best. Also, you will likely return for a follow-up session in 1-2 weeks to touch up any inefficacious points.
What is Embrace RF?
Embrace RF is different than Botox in that it reduces sweating by using radio frequency energy waves. The technology works by stimulating natural mechanisms that control sweating.
The skin specialists at Ocuplastic Surgery are well-versed in the best methods for treating hyperhidrosis, so you can rely on their recommendations. If you are interested in either treatment option, please do not hesitate to contact us in Beverly Hills.