Summary: Botox is one of the most popular injectables in the world. It is used most commonly to mitigate and eliminate wrinkles caused by muscle contraction. However, it’s also being used to help a new group of patients; patients who, without these Botox injections, would be subject to a wide variety of social consequences—lost job opportunities, for example. That condition is known as excessive sweating. It turns out using Botox for excessive sweating treatments is not only effective, but it can help patients reclaim parts of their lives.
The Pitfalls of Excessive Sweating
You know how you feel after you exercise? If you think about it, you focus on the good feelings: the sense of accomplishment, the euphoria of pushing yourself, and, of course, the sweat dripping off your face. Now, I want to focus on the sweating for a minute. In the context of a good workout, this sweating can be a great thing. It let’s you know you’ve been working. But outside of that context, excessive sweating can be socially detrimental. It can strike in the armpits or the palms or the scalp—basically anywhere you sweat, you can sweat excessively. And yet, there is often little that can traditionally be done about excessive sweating. For many patients, surgery was the only answer.
That’s changing now, however. Cosmetic surgeons have discovered that Botox—the injectable used to mitigate wrinkles and make patients feel more youthful is also being used to help patients grapple with excessive sweating. The Botox injections do this in, pretty much, the same way that they eliminate wrinkles: they interfere with the muscle’s ability to work. In the case of mitigating wrinkles, this means the muscle cannot contract and cause the line or wrinkle in question. In the case of excessive sweating, it means that the body is no longer getting the signal to start sweating.
Using Botox for Excessive Sweating Treatments
To many readers, excessive sweating might not sound like such a big deal. In fact, it may sound somewhat trivial. However, excessive sweating can be quite socially debilitating, especially for women. Men, to a certain degree, are expected to sweat. Excessive sweating in men can certainly be something you want to get treated, but it doesn’t take on quite as many negative social connotations as it does with women, who, according to most social norms, are not “supposed” to sweat. Not being able to turn off this sweating can lead to lost job opportunities, as well as lost social opportunities.
And yet, not everyone wants to undergo surgery to correct the issue. For some, surgery is not an option because of health reasons. But for others, there’s some understandable hesitation to undergo surgery. First and foremost, there are some areas that, surgically, are difficult to access when treating excessive sweating. Second, there is often a painful recovery involved with any type of surgery. This means taking time off of work, finding someone to help take care of you for a few days and so on. For some patients, these are simply insurmountable obstacles.
The Benefits of a Non Surgical Approach
Non surgical treatments, such as the non surgical rhinoplasty procedure, have gained in popularity over the last few years. A non surgical approach has several immediate benefits. First and foremost, you should know pretty quickly whether or not it works. Whether you’re treating your hyperhidrosis surgically or non surgically, there’s always a chance that the treatment will be unsuccessful. If that’s the case, there are further treatment options to try—but surgical recovery means it could be weeks or months before you know if the procedure has been a success. With a Botox injections, you should start to see results (and be able to start enjoying those results) pretty quickly.
Of course, Botox is being used for all kinds of treatments such as this. Botox has been used to treat clinical depression (though, mostly in the research phase at this point), TMJ (a painful swelling the jaw muscles), as well as other various ailments. What’s most surprising about all of these uses is that, largely, Botox has been shown to be pretty effective. In fact, it’s so effective at stopping sweating that some patients are using it to ensure they can maintain their hairstyles and go to the gym. Now, that’s getting the same result as using Botox to treat hyperhidrosis, but it’s on a completely different level.
A Life with Less Sweating
For most patients who are able to mitigate some of their excessive sweating, Botox for excessive sweating treatments can be life changing. The procedure itself can usually be accomplished inside of thirty minutes or faster. For many patients, that’s quite convenient. The only downside is that this is not a permanent treatment. If patients like the results, they’ll need to come back every so often to keep their symptoms under control. However, that’s not terribly different than a wide variety of ailments and conditions that need to be managed.
Botox itself is not some kind of wonder drug. It is, however, proving useful in a wide variety of situations and contexts. So if you find yourself wanting to manage your own hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating, know that there’s a non surgical solution. Botox for excessive sweating is an option, and it may be able to help.