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Can BOTOX Really Reduce Excessive Sweating?

Botox® in Portland, ME

Botox injections are a household name for wrinkle relaxation and a younger-looking face. But, the Botox product is actually an effective treatment for other, less cosmetic, medical conditions as well, including hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating.

The FDA has approved Botox neurotoxin for the treatment of excessive sweating in both men and women. This condition can cause embarrassment over odor or appearance and may be an inhibiting factor to a fulfilling social life, career or self-esteem. Obviously, it’s not fun to sweat through your clothing for no apparent reason, and sufferers often find themselves avoiding others or going to great lengths to address the problem through dress, lifestyle or appearance changes. But, with Botox, none of that is necessary.

At the Cosmetic Enhancement Center of New England, we serve the Portland, Maine area with skilled, qualified Botox injections for any of our patients’ needs, including the medication’s use for excessive sweating.

More on Hyperhidrosis

Sweating, of course, is normal, but excessive sweating is the result of overactive sweat glands. Ordinarily triggered by heat, stress, or nervous system reaction, sweating serves a valuable purpose to maintain body temperature in these situations. In hyperhidrosis, the sweating mechanism gets “switched on” without these triggers, causing daily and constant overactive sweating. The causes aren’t known, but there is a genetic component to the condition, and research is ongoing.

While we don’t know why hyperhidrosis happens to some people, we do know something that stops it: Botox. In the same manner that it relaxes underlying muscle activity in the face to quell wrinkles, it also acts on sweat glands beneath the skin’s surface to block the chemical signals that tell them to produce sweat.

Administered by injection in specific sites in the underarms, Botox decreases the amount of sweat produced in the underarms — and, unlike prescription antiperspirants that need constant reapplication, Botox treatment can provide relief from excessive sweating for up to six months at a time.

We offer comprehensive care for hyperhidrosis patients throughout the Portland, Maine area at Cosmetic Enhancement Center of New England, including options like Botox and medications, all overseen by qualified physicians like Dr. Maria Atkins.

A Better Future

It’s important to note that sweat still is produced in other areas of the body besides the underarms that will be treated with Botox, such as feet, scalp, neck and elsewhere. But, the treatment targets the largest and most effective sweat glands in the body, providing significant relief to hyperhidrosis sufferers.

Our trained medical team at Cosmetic Enhancement Center of New England will be happy to talk with you about whether Botox is a good solution for your excessive sweating and create an individualized treatment plan based on your health, medical history, and personal needs.

Contact us anytime to schedule a consultation and find out more about hyperhidrosis and Botox.