For many, summertime is a time of joy, excitement, and outdoor activities. For others, it is not such an exciting time. Some individuals, who are prone to a condition known as hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, may not welcome the warmer weather quite as much. In fact, excessive sweating can occur during any season – not just the summer. It can affect you in the winter just as easily, whether you are wearing a swimsuit or a snowsuit. The good news, however, is that it is treatable.
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis, also known as excessive sweating, can be an embarrassing problem faced by both men and women. This condition can strike up at any time – and can affect almost any area of the body, although the most commonly affected areas include the face, the hands, the underarms, and the feet. This type of sweating can cause some individuals to miss events, time with friends, dating, and even going out in public, due to the embarrassment. Because it can affect daily life, great strides have been made in treating hyperhidrosis, and luckily, there are options available that can help reduce the problem or eliminate it altogether.
Treatments for Hyperhidrosis
When it comes to excessive sweating, one of the best treatments available for the condition known as hyperhidrosis are injectables – most often Botox or Dysport. These injectables can help to reduce excessive sweating for adults, making it more easily controlled. Since these treatments are not the answer for everyone, it is important that you learn about them before scheduling a treatment.
How does Botox Treat Hyperhidrosis?
Botox is a botulinum toxin that is often injected into the skin to paralyze muscles or reduce the amount of sweat that is produced in certain areas of the body. While Botox is most commonly known for its ability to reduce wrinkles and fine lines on the face and neck, it can be used as a treatment for a variety of medical concerns, as well – such as excessive sweating.
What to Expect During Treatment
After your consultation, you will either receive treatment, or you will have the option to schedule your treatment for another date. During your treatment, you can expect to receive multiple injections into the area that you are being treated for hyperhidrosis. The injections are painless, as a numbing agent is applied to the area prior to your receiving them.
How Should I Prepare for Treatment?
You don’t typically need to make any special preparations for hyperhidrosis treatment when using Botox injections. If any preparations are required, you will be informed of them during your consultation.
What are the Side Effects of Botox for Hyperhidrosis?
Botox injections carry a few side effects, including slight bruising, swelling, and redness at the sites of the injection. This is temporary and will reside within a few days. If you find that these side effects worsen instead of improve, or are bothersome, or if you develop a fever, it is important to call your doctor immediately.
Recovery from Botox for Hyperhidrosis
Recovering from Botox injections for Hyperhidrosis is easy and there is essentially no down time, which allows you to recessive the treatments basically at any time you choose. The sessions typically take only fifteen to thirty minutes, and you are able to return to your activities as soon as your treatment is finished.
How Long Do Treatments Last?
Treatments for Hyperhidrosis typically last between three and five months. If you find that these treatments are successful for you, you can return for maintenance treatments every few months to ensure that the treatment continues to work properly and reduce the amount of sweating.
Is Hyperhidrosis Treatment Right for Me?
If you are suffering from excessive sweating, you may be a candidate for hyperhidrosis treatment. This safe and effective treatment can drastically reduce the amount of sweating in a particular area.
If you would like to learn more about hyperhidrosis and the treatment options available to you, call the office of Dr. Ghozland at (310)393-9359, or connect with our office online. Dr. Ghozland can help you get back to feeling your very best by helping to reduce the symptoms of hyperhidrosis.