I read recently that BOTOX can be used to treat hyperhydrosis. How effective is it as a treatment, and does your office offer these services?
Botox and Dysport have both been used in my office to treat hyperhydrosis, or excessive sweating. The treatment is phenomenally effective. The Botox and Dysport treatments use the same mechanism of action to treat hyperhydrosis as they do to stop facial wrinkling. They block the chemical transmitter acetylcholine from being released from the nerve endings in the area that Botox and Dysport have been injected. Acetylcholine is the neurotransmitter chemical agent that is responsible for telling muscles to contract, and telling sweat glands to produce sweat. Numbing cream and ice are applied to the areas of concern, usually the axilla, palms of hands, and soles of the feet. Small injections are then placed underneath the skin and in about 4 days following the Botox or Dysport injections you will notice a significant decrease in sweat production.
Posted by Dr. Philip Schoenfeld