Don't Sweat The Small Stuff: How Botox Reduces Both Wrinkles And Excessive Sweating

Posted on: 15 November 2022

These days it's better known for its cosmetic applications, but did you know that one of the first medical uses of Botox was to treat crossed eyes? It might primarily be used for its esthetic effects—minimizing fine lines and wrinkles for extended periods of time, but cosmetic Botox treatment has several off-label uses, which is an effective treatment for a condition unrelated to its intended purpose. If you're someone who wants a safe and efficient anti-aging treatment, Botox will be beneficial. If you're someone who suffers from excessive sweating, Botox will be beneficial. If you want to minimize fine lines and wrinkles as well as reduce your sweating, then Botox will be extremely beneficial.

Treatment for Excessive Sweating

Hyperhidrosis, the clinical term for excessive sweating, can be disruptive and even debilitating. This type of sweating is unrelated to temperature, relative humidity, or any physical activity, although these things can make your sweating even more excessive. There are a number of treatments available, ranging from topical gels and ointments to the surgical removal of your sweat glands. You might not appreciate having to regularly apply what's essentially a facial antiperspirant multiple times each day, or having a gland removed via invasive surgery. Fortunately, there's a middle ground.

Botox Injections

Botox can be injected directly into your underarm sweat glands and even into the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet.​​ This results in prompt and long-lasting sweat reduction. Botox works by blocking signals from nerves, and it's these signals that cause the nerves to contract. It's a strategic and highly-localized form of paralysis. This relaxation of facial muscles is how Botox makes skin look fresher and generally more rejuvenated. Just as Botox can block the signals from your facial nerves, it can block your forehead sweat glands.

A Welcome Side Effect

Anyone who has facial Botox may experience reduced facial sweating. It's not practical to target the necessary facial muscles without having an effect on forehead facial glands—greatly reducing their ability to produce sweat. This is a side effect for many patients, although not an unwelcome one. For you, this side effect may be the primary benefit of Botox, with the rejuvenation of your facial skin being an added bonus. As mentioned, someone who wants to improve their appearance as well as reduce their sweating will find Botox to be doubly beneficial.

Remember that the effects of Botox are not permanent, so regular applications will be needed. You can expect the effects to last from three to four months, if not longer. But because Botox isn't permanent, there's little risk in giving it a try if excessive sweating is beginning to cramp your style.

For more information about getting Botox treatments to help your sweating, reach out to a local clinic.