Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, is quite common. According to the International Hyperhidrosis Society, roughly 3 percent of the world population are affected with hyperhidrosis. Excessive sweating can happen to anyone and begin at any age.
Here at our Encino cosmetic surgery practice, we have helped a lot of men and women deal with excessive sweating. Before we delve into the possible solutions for hyperhidrosis, it may be best to have a quick look on what causes the condition.
What is hyperhidrosis?
Generally, sweating is the body’s natural way of cooling itself. However, individuals with hyperhidrosis tend to be perspire excessively despite the absence of the need for temperature regulation. This explains why some people still perspire inside air conditioned rooms.
Hyperhidrosis can occur all over the body or on certain parts of the body. The hands, feet, armpits, and groin are the most common areas affected as they have an abundance of sweat glands than other areas of the body.
Apart from the discomfort and physical inconvenience it can cause, hyperhidrosis may also significantly reduce a person’s quality of life. Social interactions may be limited due to dwindling self-confidence. In some cases, sweating excessively has led to loss of a job, partners, and friends.
What causes hyperhidrosis?
Most people with hyperhidrosis are actually healthy. The exact cause of the condition is unknown and is speculated to be associated with one or combination of the following:
- hormonal shifts, particularly in women
- issues with the sympathetic nervous system
- consumption of certain foods, drinks, alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine
Good Thing There’s Botox!
Treatment of hyperhidrosis can range from clinical strength deodorants to oral prescription medications to topical aluminum chloride. However, several people find that the aforementioned only provide solutions lasting for days or weeks. In addition, some people find it difficult to stick to the habit of taking their medications or applying topical remedies.
Good thing there’s Botox! There’s actually more to the injectable than helping you look younger. Here’s a quick rundown of facts when using Botox for hyperhidrosis:
- Anesthesia: Topical Numbing Agent, Local Anesthetic
- Length of Procedure: 10 Minutes-60 Minutes
- Length of Stay: Patients generally return home shortly after the procedure
- Discomfort: Some minor swelling and discomfort
- Anticipate: Some minor swelling and redness, but daily activities can normally be resumed later in the day
- Final Results: Results evident within a number of days but final results visible within a couple of weeks
- Duration of Results: May last up to 6 months but can vary from patient to patient
If you would like to learn more about Botox for excessive sweating and whether it can be used to treat your specific circumstances, schedule a consultation with Dr. Malamet. He meets with each patient individually to address any questions or concerns that may come up prior to the actual procedure.
Call us at 818.380.3130 or fill out this contact form to set up an appointment with us. We look forward to helping you!