BOTOX helps against heavy sweating

Heavy sweating is unpleasant. Especially when for no apparent reason. The condition, medically known as “Hyperhidrosis” described, is quite widespread and the causes are often diffuse. Particularly affected body parts are hands, feet and armpits. Heavy sweating under the armpits is the case I encounter most frequently in my Munich practice. Hyperhidrosis on the face also occurs, although much less frequently.

What is meant by “heavy sweating”?

Exactly what “heavy” sweating means depends on subjective perception. For scientific purposes, a sweat production of 100 mg in 5 minutes has been defined. The use of botulinum toxin against hyperhidrosis makes sense if you can no longer cope with everyday life without sweating and if your condition has a negative effect on your self-confidence or on your social life. In the past, the only option in such cases was surgery. However, the removal of sweat glands is again not without side effects and also not without risk. Therefore, using BOTOX against hyperhidrosis is a perfectly reasonable alternative.

Extremely heavy sweating is a sign of hyperhidrosis

A first indication of the presence of hyperhidrosis is already provided by the excessive sweating itself. Preferably on the typical body parts such as armpits, palms and soles. If the three criteria

  1. excessive sweating on the typical body parts
  2. No other health complaints
  3. no known underlying diseases

are present, then the diagnosis of hyperhidrosis is obvious.

If there is evidence of an existing underlying disease, which may be the cause of hyperhidrosis, further investigations must be performed. Such underlying diseases may include: hyperthyroidism (Hyperthyroidism), other hormonal disorders, neurological diseases, mental illness, infectious diseases, and hypertension. In addition, heavy sweating can be triggered by stress and persistent anxiety.

The physician determines the exact amount of sweat per minute by means of Gravimetry is established. In this test, sweating is detected and measured using an iodine-strength test. If the result is hyperhidrosis, various medicinal therapies were considered in the past and, if they failed, finally surgical excision of the sweat glands. What all surgical procedures have in common is that they can sometimes have unpleasant consequences and at the same time their success is by no means certain.

BOTOX stops heavy sweating even without surgery

Today, the use of botulinum toxin opens up a much lower-risk option with comparable results. BOTOX, which is used for wrinkle treatment, is also an efficient treatment method for heavy sweating. It inhibits the transmission of excitation from the nerve to the muscle, which is thus immobilized. Thus, wrinkles can no longer form. The same mechanism of action is found in the sweat glands. BOTOX also blocks the transmission of excitation from the nerve to the sweat gland. This reduces sweat secretion. Sweating is prevented. If there is no primary therapy failure, the principle suitability of BOTOX for the treatment of sweating is given in the individual case, then BOTOX also works with a very high reliability.

What is the procedure for botulinum therapy of hyperhidrosis?

During treatment, botulinum toxin is injected into the skin at slightly higher dilution than usual at square centimeter intervals. An injection scheme of 10-20 points on average is used per armpit. The finest needles are used. To prevent any pain, the areas of skin to be treated are anesthetized in advance with an anesthetic ointment. However, the extreme sweating does not end immediately. It takes about 1 – 2 weeks for the BOTOX to take effect. From then on, the effect lasts on average for half a year. After that, the treatment must be repeated. Possible complications, for example small bruises, disappear after a few days.

As mentioned, very good results are achieved with botulinum toxin in hyperhidrosis. Patients who have undergone this treatment are mostly very satisfied with the results. Studies show that after several regular applications, severe sweating can be almost completely eliminated. In most severe cases of hyperhidrosis, the use of BOTOX has made surgical removal of the sweat glands unnecessary.