Is Botox for Sweating Permanent or Are Routine Injections Needed, As is the Case for Wrinkles?

How long does a botox treatment last for heavy perspiration?

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Botox for excessive sweating

Botox for excessive sweating is a simple highly effective treatment that can be performed in quick office visit.  It does not require any anesthesia and patients can return to their normal routine immediately.  Its effect  generally lasts appoximately 6 months in most cases with a general range of 4 to 12 months. There is a new treatment that has recently received FDA clearance from miraDry which does provide longer lasting relief but does entail a more significant procedure i.e. anesthesia and some discomfort.  This has just been recently approved so availability is very limited as this point. 

Long Island Dermatologist
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Botox for sweating is not permanent

Great question! Unfortunately like getting Botox for wrinkles the results will usually last about three to four months at which point the sweat begins to reappear.

Dennis Gross, MD
New York Dermatologist
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Botox for sweating

Botox typically lasts for about 4-6 months for sweating. You might see results last longer if you've had many treatments performed before.

In order to keep you underarms dry, it will be necessary

to have your botox treatments about once a year...with some potential variation...either slightly shorter or longer...but I suspect that's not an issue...there are some more expensive options but the future is not known about how long the outcomes last and there are a lot more complications associated with their use

Ken Landow, MD
Las Vegas Dermatologist
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Botox prevents sweating in the underarms for about six months

Botox does not permanently prevent underarm sweating. Its effect appears to be longer in duration for hyperhidrosis of the underarms than the wrinkle minimizing effect it has on the muscles of the face which only lasts 3 to 4 months.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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Duration of Botox for Sweating

Unfortunately, the effects are not permanent and maintenance treatments will be needed to maintain the benefits.  In our experience, the average duration is a minimum of four months with the average being seven months.

Because these treatments are not inexpensive, many will choose to have the treatment in anticipation of a special event (ex:  wedding, graduation, vacation) or in preparation of the hot summer months.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Botox for Excessive Sweating Length of Effect

Thank you for your question.

Effects of injectable botulinium toxin (Botox or Dysport), no matter where they are injected, are temporary and routine injections are required to maintain desired results. Botox and Dysport work by disrupting the communication between nerves and sweat glands and as the toxins are metabolized by the body the results slowly wear off. Generally speaking, these results last four to six months, however some individuals may experience length of effects that are slightly shorter or longer.

In our San Francisco Bay Area practice we have a large volume of patients recieving Botox and Dysport with high statisfaction and return rates. For the best results, visit the office of a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon.

I hope this helps.

Botox For Sweating - Permanent or not?

When Botox is properly administered under the arm pits or on the palms or souls of the feet for sweating it tends to last approximately 10 months.  This is different from the average 3-4 month duration when injected on the forehead for wrinkle relief.

Deborah Sarnoff, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Botox for sweating: Lasts longer than for wrinkles!

Botox for underarm sweating (a relatively easy procedure to endure, about 20-50 injections with a tiny needle in each armpit) works very well when placed properly, and does last longer than treatment for facial wrinkles. Some claim up to 1 year, but more likely 6 to 8 months in most. Some severe perspirers may need retreatment after 4 months. The cost is usually about $1000 but some insurance companies MAY help cover the procedure.

Jessica J. Krant, MD, MPH
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Need routine injections

You will need routine injections, however the results do last longer than when botox is used to treat wrinkles.

Mitchel P. Goldman, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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