What is hyperhidrosis?

Excessive sweating of the axilla (underarms), hands, feet and even the face is a condition that is under diagnosed due to lack of public awareness.

Individuals with primary hyperhidrosis sweat far more profusely than what is necessary to maintain normal body temperature. This excessive sweating can be physically and emotionally devastating. Hyperhidrosis affects about 1 in 25 people. Excessive sweating can cause embarrassment, low self-esteem, and general discomfort in social situations.

Hyperhidrosis occurs when sympathetic nerves cause sweat glands to produce too much sweat. The underlying cause is not known, but anxiety and other heightened emotional states can trigger the condition. The most common types of hyperhidrosis are palmar hyperhidrosis (sweaty palms) and axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating).

How can BOTOX Cosmetic help hyperhidrosis?

In 2004, BOTOX Cosmetic (Botulinum Toxin Type A) received FDA approval for the temporary control of primary axillary hyperhidrosis. BOTOX Cosmetic is a purified protein that can block the chemical transmitters that activate nerve endings. BOTOX Cosmetic very effectively blocks the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands.

Now, excessive sweating can be dramatically reduced for many months at a time with just a single treatment of several injections of BOTOX Cosmetic into the areas that overproduce sweat.

Potential side effects may include bruising, pain during the procedure, and temporary localized muscle weakness. These side effects, if they occur at all, are temporary and generally resolve quickly.

Is there any downtime?

There is no downtime.


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