Excessive sweating in the armpits, palms and soles of the feet is known as hyperhidrosis. This is a troublesome condition to have and it can make patients feel quite self conscious. There are a number of ways to treat this condition however botox injections is one of the simplest and most effective treatment methods. Botox is injected into the area of concern and this helps to reduce the amount of sweating.
Frequently Asked Questions
Your requirements will be discussed during the consultation to decide on the areas to be treated. Small amounts of the toxin is injected into the area to be treated, usually the armpit, the palms or the soles of the feet where excessive sweating is experienced. The needles that are used are very small but because multiple injections are required, it is usual to use a topical local anaesthetic to numb the treatment area an hour beforehand. The injected areas are usually a little red for the first few hours before settling down. It is important not to massage the injected areas and you should also avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for the first 24 hours. The toxin takes 3-7 days to work and usually lasts between 4-6 months. This may be slightly less at your first injection and longer if you have had treatments in the past. You should notice a decrease in sweating as the toxin starts to work.
Follow up is undertaken 2 weeks after the injections. At this point a top-up injection(s) may be required if there are missed areas that are still showing signs of excessive sweating
Redness : There will be some redness around the injection sites that will last for a few hours
Bruising : Bruising around the injection sites is uncommon. When it does occur, it is usually minor and settles in a few days
Continued sweating : A significant decrease in sweating should be expected and the majority of patients are happy with the results however you may still notice a small degree of sweating which is normal
Allergic reactions : Allergic reactions are possible but are very rare