Not just to delay signs of aging, Botox can also help to reduce sweating. Here’s how:
Ever since it was approved by the FDA in 1989, Botox has been growing in popularity. While now a brand name in itself, Botox refers to an injectable form of botulinum toxin type A. Recent data revealed that between four and five million Americans get this minimally-invasive treatment each year to delay the onset of wrinkles.
But Botox, which was highlighted in a 2017 Time magazine cover feature, is a versatile substance. It has other uses that have less to do with form and more to do with function. This includes giving patients relief from the pain and discomfort associated with bruxism. Another popular use is to help patients reduce excess sweating.
Whether a patient suffers from hyperhidrosis or is just embarrassed by visible perspiration, these can be addressed with this treatment. Several areas on the body are popular and can see positive results from these injectables. Three of the most common areas addressed are the face, the feet and palms.
Botox injected strategically into the soles of the feet can be effective in reducing sweating. The downside is that many patients experience more pain in this sensitive spot. It may not be as effective here as it is in other areas but data suggests that 73% of patients are satisfied with the results.
The armpits are by far the most commonly treated area for hyperhidrosis. Around 50 units are needed in each armpit to deactivate the sweat glands and it should be in full effect two weeks after the procedure.
For people who do a lot of handshaking in their careers, having sweaty palms can make them extremely self-conscious. It should be noted that while Botox can be used to treat it, it isn’t always as effective in the palms or soles of the feet and can come with more side effects.
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