Surprising Uses for Botox: Sweat Prevention

Botox has been known by most as a wrinkle reducer, a fine line eraser, or a quick lift for those wanting a subtle change. Botox is a purified neurotoxin which, when injected in very small dosages, works by causing paralysis in certain muscles in order to smooth out deep wrinkles.

But for those who suffer for things beyond wrinkles and a tired appearance, Botox could be their solution. Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterized by excessive and uncontrollable sweating. This is typically a very embarrassing and inconvenient condition that most fail to cure without medical attention. Hyperhidrosis can occur wherever there are sweat glands, but primarily hands and underarms are the most commonly problematic.

Botox is used when topical treatments have failed to work. The Botox treatment temporarily blocks the chemical signal from the nerves that stimulate sweat glands. When the glands do not receive a signal, they stop producing sweat. Only certain glands are targeted through the injection process. The sweat isn’t displaced to somewhere else in your body, nor is it backed up anywhere because it has not been produced in the first place.

Dr. Rokhsar has found another treatment effective in treating embarrassing sweating. Besides Botox, MiraDry, the latest treatment for hyperhidrosis has proven comparatively effective. The technology uses electromagnetic energy to destroy specific sweat glands, and after just two one-hour treatments, patients see an immediate reduction in the amount of sweat they produce. A local anesthesia will be injected into the area being treated. The procedure takes about an hour for both underarms and no after treatment care is needed. The patient should return in three months to repeat the procedure. After the second treatment the patient should see significant improvement in a manageable quantity of sweat.

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