BOTOX® treatment for hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a relatively simple procedure which involves multiple injections to treat a number of individual sweat glands. Prior to the procedure, your specialist will numb the treatment area with a typical anesthetic to reduce or eliminate discomfort associated with the injections, which are made just below the surface of the skin. Most BOTOX® injection procedures require about 15 to 20 minutes to complete, and include about 15 to 20 injections in most individuals.
BOTOX® injections treat men and women with the condition by preventing perspiration in the underarms, as well as other areas of the body. BOTOX® is used in cosmetic surgery procedures to relax dynamic wrinkles by paralyzing the underlying muscles that contract, causing lines to form. In treatment of excessive sweating, the BOTOX® procedure acts to prevent nerve signals from triggering the release of chemicals which cause sweat glands to release perspiration.
Following the BOTOX® injection procedure, patients can immediately resume their regular routines, although there may be some minor temporary discomfort and bleeding in the treatment area. Additional side effects in a few patients may include sore throat, back or neck pain, headache, excessive sweating outside of the treatment area, and fever. The results of the hyperhidrosis treatment usually last for about 6 to 8 months, and the BOTOX® injection procedure can be repeated once results wear off.
The cost of BOTOX® treatment for hyperhidrosis can vary based on location, but generally ranges from $1400 to $2000 in most individuals.