I know that Botox Cosmetic lasts a few months, but how long does Botox last when it is used to treat excessive sweating?
Botox for Sweating - How Long Do the Effects Last?
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Botox; Botulinum Toxin for Hyperhidrosis and Excessive Sweating
Botox is used for excessive sweating for focal hyperhidrosis of the axilla, groin, forehead, and inguinal crease. Botox works to inhibit the release of acetylcholine at the nerve synapse.
The longevity of botox depends on the regenerative capacity of the nerve synapse. In most cases, Botox will last about 4 to 6 months for hyperhidrosis.
There are many effective ways to limit the pain associated with Botox injections to the axilla. Discuss these with your surgeon. Hyperhidrosis may also benefit by non-Botox treatments, including thoracic sympathectomy.
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Botox for hyperhidrosis can last up to 6 months
Consult a physician who is able and is capable AND trained appropriately in providing every option of care for the specific type of hyperhidrosis you have. This includes topical therapy if appropriate, medication if appropriate, iontophoresis if appropriate, Botox if appropriate, suction curettage if appropriate or surgery if appropriate.
Botox injection can last anywhere from 3 months to six months when used for hyperhidross and depending on the dose injected.
2- 12 months- average user 5-6 months.
I perform 3-4 procedure of Botox for sweating daily, so I see the entire spectrum of short timers (2 months), all the way to some lucky individuals who get 12 months relief from the first injection.
To set your expectations right, expect, and aim for 4 months.
I tell all my patients that modification of lifestyle, such as decreasing caffeine intake and STRESS can help prolong the effects of BOTOX.
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Botox for Sweating vs Laser Treatment
Effective treatment for underarm sweating can be life-changing, so it would be great if there were treatments that could eliminate or greatly reduce the problem without the need for ongoing treatment.
Currently the SmartLipo Triplex or SmartLipo Side-Laze are available to do this. They are not of any use for sweating in other areas, but this minimally invasive laser treatment is highly effective for the underarms.
This is an office procedure done under local anesthetic, takes about an hour. The laser is temperature controlled by the Thermal Guide which is a thermistor at the tip of the laser cannula which measures the instantaneous skin temperature. The computer prevents the laser from exceeding a safe temperature which is also programmed into the device.
The laser is moved under the skin in a systematic fashion, resulting in destruction of the sweat glands.
Botox stops sweating for ~6-9 months; miraDry can have permanent results
Botox is a temporary, albeit very effective solution for underarm sweating. Unfortunately, botox always wears off. miraDry is an in-office, noninvasive technology that uses microwaves to destroy sweat glands. Two miraDry treatments, spaced three months apart, typically reduce sweating by greater than 90%. This is a lifechanging procedure for people that suffer from hyperhidrosis. People who have more potent underarm odor also benefit, as well as people that just want to save on their drycleaning bills.
How long does Botox last for excessive sweating?
Botox is an FDA approved treatment for Hyperhydrosis that helps control excessive sweating by temporarily blocking chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate sweat glands. When the sweat glands do not receive chemical signals to sweat - the amount of perspiration is reduced. Self-confidence is increased when excessive sweating is finally under control.
100 units of Botox Cosmetic is injected through a very small needle, into the skin of each underarm. The treatment will hinder the nerve endings of the motor endplates. The Botox injections will not only cease the excessive sweating, but it will also provide a simultaneous disappearance of the odor associated with the excessive perspiration.
The results from Botox are not permanent, however. Results will start to appear during the first few weeks after treatment. You will be able to enjoy up to 8 months (or longer) of dryness, and reduced odor. After this time period, a repeat Botox Cosmetic treatment will be necessary.
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