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BOTOX® for Excessive Sweating

Serving New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut (the mid Atlantic states)
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon Sheila A. Bond, M.D., F.A.C.S.

 

Most people know about the use of Botox® or Dysport® to relax frown lines on the forehead, both horizontal and vertical. It’s also commonly used to soften to the platysma bands on the neck and “crow’s feet” lines at the eyes. A new and exciting use for Botox®/Dysport® is to prevent excessive sweating in the armpits.

Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, is caused by stimulation of the sweat glands by nerve endings which descend from higher centers in the brain. These nerves respond to emotional stresses; like intimate social situations, public speaking, physical stresses, and increased body temperature that comes with exercise or hot humid weather.

Most people with excessive sweating are bothered primarily when they are emotionally stressed, physically active, or over-heated. Botox® and Dysport® can prevent sweating for many months by blocking the release of the neurotransmitter from the nerve endings, that causes the glands to produce sweat.

The procedure is very simple and relatively painless. Powder is applied to the armpits and after several minutes the areas are checked for areas of perspiration to determine the exact areas of the sweat glands. Fifteen to twenty drops of Botox® or Dysport® are injected via a very small needle into the skin of each underarm. Normal activity can be immediately resumed, but heavy exercise should be avoided for several hours.

Underarm sweating will be decreased by 90% within 48 hours and the full effect will be seen within one week. Most patients will obtain the benefit of dryness with one treatment of Botox® for six to ten months. What a blessing especially for the summer months, and the cost of the product may be covered by insurance!

Visit our plastic / cosmetic surgery office located in Montclair, New Jersey (NJ). We serve patients from the following area, such as Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Sussex counties, as well as Jersey City, Newark, NJ and all surrounding areas including New York (NY).

We look forward to meeting you in person.

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