Treatment of Excessive Focal Sweating
Sweating is a natural reaction of the body manifesting as a response to an increased environmental temperature, physical load, or emotional stress. Excessive sweating can be caused by numerous factors: the amount of sweat glands in the skin, heredity, nutritional habits, use of certain medications, etc. This can be an embarrassing issue leading to psychological discomfort and feeling of low self-esteem and self-confidence.
One of the most effective methods to prevent this problem for relatively lengthy time periods is botulinum toxin injections that can be used for the treatment of excessive sweating in the areas of the armpits, soles, or palms. Especially this procedure is recommended during the summer period, when sweating becomes an actual problem for everyone.
What Is Botulinum Toxin and How Does it Work?
Botulinum toxin has been used in various areas of medicine for more than 20 years. It is a safe product used in cosmetic medicine as well as in neurology; its safety has been proven by numerous scientific studies.
Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxin. When injected, it blocks nerve impulses to sweat glands; therefore, the activity of sweat glands is inhibited preventing the sweat glands from producing any sweat.
How Is the Procedure Performed?
The procedure is quick and relatively painless, and it takes about 15 minutes on the average. A tiny amount is injected with an extremely fine needle to the areas of excessive sweating.
What Should Be Known After Procedure?
- Some bruising may occur at the injection sites, but it usually disappears within 10–25 minutes;
- Botulinum toxin takes effect on the third or fourth day, and the effect of treatment lasts for 4–6 months. Later, the activity of the sweat glands is restored; therefore, subsequent injections are recommended;
- Care should be taken to avoid massaging the injection site(s) for 24 hours after the procedure;
- The patient is recommended to avoid direct sunlight, solarium, and sauna for 1 week after the procedure.
Botulinum Toxin Injections Are not Recommended:
- For pregnant and breastfeeding women;
- When inflammation/infection is present at the sites to be treated;
- When other diseases, such as thyroid disorders, are the underlying cause for excessive sweating.