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Posted May 03, 2022 in Hyperhidrosis, Injectables

How Botulinum Toxins Like Dysport® Can Treat Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)

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Sweating is a part of life, but it can also be a real problem. If you’re constantly sweating from your palms or armpits, it can make you feel self-conscious and uncomfortable. And while it’s probably not the most pleasant sight, sweating is a healthy thing — it cools down our bodies, helps us detoxify, and much more. 

But when we sweat too much, it can be incredibly annoying and stressful.

Woman with underarm sweat showing through her shirt.

If you suffer from excessive sweating, you aren’t alone. As many as 4.8 percent of people in the United States suffer from hyperhidrosis. That’s over nine million people.

But there is a way out. And it’s called botulinum toxin injections. In addition to reducing unwanted expression-caused lines and wrinkles, botulinum toxins work to reduce unwanted underarm sweating.

What Is Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis — also known as excessive sweating — refers to any situation where a person sweats more than normal. There are two types of hyperhidrosis: primary and secondary. 

Primary hyperhidrosis is genetic, meaning that you’ve been dealing with it your whole life. Secondary hyperhidrosis is related to another condition or event in your life, such as menopause, illness, or even stress.

What Are Botulinum Toxins?

Botulinum toxins, like Dysport® or BOTOX® Cosmetic, are injectables that block certain nerve impulses in the body. Typically, nerve impulses help control your muscles. 

When botulinum toxins block these impulses, it helps reduce the amount of sweat produced.

How Does Dysport® Work to Stop Sweating?

Botulinum toxin treatments like Dysport® are used to treat excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) by blocking nerve impulses from reaching the overactive sweat glands.

Sweat glands can’t produce sweat without this nerve impulse telling them to do so. That’s why botulinum toxins are such effective treatments for excessive sweating.

In most cases, these treatments last for six months or longer, depending on the severity of your condition.

What Results Should I Expect After the Injections?

You may notice the effects of your botulinum toxin injection within a few days, but it can take up to two weeks before you see the full effects.

The treatment’s effects vary from person to person, but for most people, it lasts anywhere from four months to one year. Sweating often returns after this period. 

Talk with your doctor about how long you can expect your results to last.

Am I a Candidate for Botulinum Toxin Injections for Hyperhidrosis?

Treatment with botulinum toxins may not be suitable for everyone. If you’re an adult with a history of excessive sweating, you may be a candidate for botulinum toxin injections. 

That being said, there are a few things to keep in mind when determining if botulinum toxin is right for you. 

You may be a candidate for botulinum toxin injections if you:

  • Are frustrated with other antiperspirants
  • Have tried other antiperspirants and they haven’t worked
  • Want to control excessive sweating without surgery
  • Have attempted oral medication and it has not worked

Where Do I Find Botulinum Toxin Injections for Hyperhidrosis in Miami, Florida?

Our team at Hochstein Medspa would love to walk you through your options and answer any questions you have about botulinum toxin injections. Contact us today by calling (786) 802-6699 to set up an appointment.