Is BOTOX® Safe to Use to Stop Sweating?

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Hyperhidrosis, or severe sweating, impacts the lives of more than a million Americans. There are medications, prescription deodorants and creams that can make you sweat less, but these options don’t work for everyone. Sweating is a natural bodily function, but if it stops you from participating in summer activities you love or from wearing specific clothing, you may have hyperhidrosis. BOTOX® injections can safely prevent you from sweating in certain areas for up to two years.

Everyone sweats. Sweat is how your body regulates your base temperature and is usually a reaction to a changing environment. Emotion, medications and sickness can also trigger your body to produce sweat. Simply thinking about sweating can cause you to start sweating.

You have two types of sweat glands: The eccrine glands are located all over your body, and the apocrine glands are found in areas heavy with hair follicles such as under your arms and pelvic region. Eccrine sweat is often emotionally triggered and doesn’t exhibit a smell, but apocrine sweat can have a strong odor and be activated by many external or internal stimuli.

Your body is covered in sweat glands, and BOTOX® is only used on small areas such as your hands, armpits, feet and face. Only two percent of your sweat glands are located in your armpits, which means your body will still be able to maintain a normal temperature while also allowing you to enjoy a less-sweaty lifestyle.

The BOTOX® treatment for hyperhidrosis was approved by the FDA in 2004 after it was proven to be safe and effective through clinical studies. Many patients involved in one study found they needed less than four treatments to prevent sweat for up to two years.

If you’re ready to stop sweating, please call Dr. Joel Beck in San Francisco today at 6505706066 to schedule your consultation. Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery offers plastic surgery and skin care solutions to clients in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Jose and San Mateo, California areas. 


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