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Sweating is a normal, natural, and crucial process that allows the body to cool itself and regulate temperature. While everyone sweats, some people experience excessive sweating, even when they are not overheated. This condition is known as hyperhidrosis and commonly affects the underarms, face, palms, or feet. Hyperhidrosis can be a frustrating condition, causing visible sweat, discomfort, and self-consciousness for many people. Thankfully, effective treatment options are available. At CARE Plastic Surgery in Cary, North Carolina, we offer Botox injections for hyperhidrosis.
How Does Botox for Hyperhidrosis Work?
Botox consists of a purified form of botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin which is best known for blocking nerve signals that trigger the facial expressions that create wrinkles and fine lines. However, these neurotoxins can also be helpful in blocking nerve signals that trigger sweating. After injecting Botox, the sweat glands in the treated area are no longer able to produce excess sweat. This makes Botox a great option for many areas where patients experience hyperhidrosis, including the underarms, hands, feet, or face.
Is Botox for Hyperhidrosis Safe?
Botox for hyperhidrosis is a safe option for most patients. While sweating is blocked in the treated area, it is unaffected in the rest of the body. This means that your body is still capable of naturally regulating its temperature in hot weather or while exercising, but you will notice less sweating when at rest or in comfortable temperatures.
Before your Botox injections, your injector will review your health history, allergies, and any medications you take to ensure that the treatment is a safe and suitable option for you. Most patients can safely receive Botox injections, however, those with complications such as active skin infections or bleeding disorders should consider other treatments.
Botox for Hyperhidrosis Injections and Results
To prepare for your Botox injections, your injector will thoroughly cleanse the area and determine appropriate injection sites. As needed, a topical numbing solution may then be applied to keep you comfortable. A series of injections can then be completed.
Botox injections require no downtime, but you may experience some swelling, redness, or sensitivity at the injection site. This should quickly resolve. You will be instructed to avoid direct sun exposure to the treatment area and strenuous activity or exercise for about 24 hours after your procedure. This will help you avoid unnecessary side effects such as bruising or migration of the Botox to unintended areas.
In most cases, patients notice results from their Botox injections within about five days. These results should last up to four months. After your Botox results subside, you can receive maintenance injections if you choose. Your CARE plastic surgery injector can review this option with you and develop a long-term plan for your hyperhidrosis care.
Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about Botox for hyperhidrosis or other procedures, schedule a consultation at CARE Plastic Surgery in Cary, North Carolina. Call our office at (919) 335-9298 or contact us online to schedule your first appointment.Return to Overview