Botox for Sweating on One's Face and Head?

Is there any special instructions for Botox injections for sweating?

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Botox for sweating is a custom treatment performed in the areas of excess sweating.

Botox can be used almost anywhere where excess unwanted sweating is present.  The treatment and follow up instructions, risks and expectations are different for each area being treated.  See and expert who has extensive experience in doing these treatments.

Salt Lake City Dermatologic Surgeon
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Botox for sweating on face and head vs. hands and underarms

Botox is well known for its effect on diminishing excessive sweating. It can reduce embarassing sweating of the palms in those people who are involved in sales and don't want to shake hands or those in the public eye who stain shirt after shirt from their underarms. However, if there is excessive sweating in the palms there can be some minor weakness of the muscle strength after Botox, temporary but it could diminish ones ability to perform certain maneuvers such as pinching the thumb to the other fingers. Similarly, it could affect underlying muscle function int the face if used for excessive sweating there. Some people might have an upper lip that sweats a lot or a forehead, but too much Botox in those sites can cause temporary problems with speech or eating, or droopy eyebrows, respectively.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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Botox is well known to help with excessive facial sweating

Botox is well known to help with excessive facial sweating. However it also affect facial muscles so it must be used carefully to avoid assymetric expressions when used only on one side of the face. Be sure you see an expert

William P. Coleman III, MD
Metairie Dermatologic Surgeon
3.5 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

Botox for Sweating

During the procedure at the doctor's office, a small amount of Botox is injected into the affected underarm area through a very fine needle. In a short appointment with your dermatologist, about 15 injections are made to the underarm area.The actual procedure takes about 10 to 15 minutes and lasts up to 6 months.

You should notice a significant reduction in underarm sweating within 4 weeks of your first treatment. If you do not see a significant reduction in sweating, you should contact your healthcare provider and request a follow-up consultation.

Daniel Shapiro, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 107 reviews

Botox and sweating

Botox injections are an effective treatment for hyperhydrosis of the palms, axillae (underarms), and feet. It's best to have a consult and evaluation with a skilled injector to discuss the severity of your issue, and plan for the best, safest, and longest lasting results.

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 221 reviews

Botox for sweating on the face and head

Botox has been used to treat excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) on almost every part of the body - most typically armpits, hands, and feet, but also face, scalp, groin etc. A highly trained physician such as a dermatologist will be able to treat you safely and effectively with Botox for your excessive sweating, and to discuss other treatment options such as topical and oral therapies. Dr. Benjamin Barankin, Toronto Dermatology Centre.

Benjamin Barankin, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 50 reviews

Botox for facial sweating

Botox can be used for localized areas of facial sweating, most commonly the upper forehead/hairline or over the cheek in people who have abnormal food-induced sweating after previous surgery on their parotid gland (Frey's Syndrome).


Other areas or larger areas may be more difficult due several reasons including concerns about the botox affecting muscles under the skin on the face.


Direct consultation with someone who is experienced is recommended to see if you are a good candidate. 

Daniel Berg, MD
Seattle Dermatologic Surgeon
3.7 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

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