The human body is fitted with its own cooling system. When body temperature reaches over the approximate ideal of 36.6 °C for whatever reason, sweat is released onto the skin so that it may evaporate, allowing the body to cool itself. Known as evaporative cooling, sweating prevents the body from overheating.
However, some individuals produce an excess of sweat beyond what is required to cool down. This is a medical condition known as hyperhidrosis, affecting close to 3% of the population. The entire body may be affected or specific areas, commonly the armpits (axillae), the hands and the feet.
Hyperhidrosis can be a socially debilitating condition that has profound negative effects on relationships, coupled with feelings of shame and humiliation.
How BOTOX® Treats Hyperhidrosis
Antiperspirants and deodorants are not an effective way to control the condition. However, BOTOX® is.
BOTOX® for hyperhidrosis is a nonsurgical treatment that dramatically reduces the amount of sweat produced in a treated area by targeting the glands responsible. Results are temporary, lasting up to 7-8 months. It has been clinically proven to be a safe and effective solution for the underarm area, reducing the amount of sweating by a staggering 80%. When administered by a licensed medical professional, it will not prevent healthy thermoregulation of the body – it simply helps to reduce excessive sweating by limiting it to normal levels.
Results appear gradually, with the optimum effects of a session appearing within 2 weeks.
For more information about hyperhidrosis and treatment with BOTOX®, contact Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic. Dr. Demetra Vassiliou, Chief Physician, performs every procedure at the clinic.