Everyone knows that Botox can be used effectively to treat wrinkles, but not as many know about another FDA approved use: to stop excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis! Hyperhidrosis is a condition that affects a good number of men and women in America, causing sweat even in situations where normally people wouldn’t sweat. Hyperhidrosis can be embarrassing for many people, and in some situations may even cause social anxiety or affect job performance. Luckily, Dr. Isaac offers Botox in Washington, DC to treat excessive sweating.
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is the official name of a condition in which overactive sweat glands produce sweat in excess of what is considered normal for certain situations. It is localized to specific areas of the body, which can include the palms, soles of the feet, underarms, and face. Hyperhidrosis can range in severity from mild cases that do not affect daily life to severe cases which may cause functional impairment such as being unable to grasp a doorknob or work a keyboard due to sweating.
For most people, hyperhidrosis is not extreme enough to cause disability, but it may be noticeable enough that they become embarrassed in social or professional situations. Most people only sweat in specific cases, such as heat, exercise, or nervousness, but for people with hyperhidrosis, they will sweat no matter the situation. For these people, Botox in Washington, DC from Dr. Isaac may be a great option.
How Does Botox Stop Hyperhidrosis?
Botox is a temporary solution that can block the sweat glands from producing sweat in ordinary situations. Botox is a neuromodulator, which means that it blocks nerve signals from reaching their target. In the case of reducing wrinkles, Botox targets specific muscles that cause wrinkles and blocks those nerve signals so that the muscles relax and the wrinkles smooth out. In the case of hyperhidrosis, the nerve signals blocked are those that cause the sweat gland to be overactive. Botox is FDA approved for treatment of hyperhidrosis, and is safe and effective.
Botox for hyperhidrosis is a temporary solution that generally lasts for around 3 months, depending on the individual. It is a more conservative treatment than surgery, but is still highly effective. Strong prescription antiperspirants can work in some cases as well, but the efficacy and availability of Botox means that it has become one of the most popular treatments for many types of hyperhidrosis. To find out if you qualify for Botox treatment of your excessive sweating, talk to Dr. Isaac today!
Schedule a Botox Consultation in Washington, DC Today!
If you suffer from excessive sweating and are interested in Botox as a potential treatment, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Isaac at MI Skin Dermatology Center for more information. Just call (202) 393-7546 to request a consultation today!