Botox® has been an amazing gift to cosmetics, helping to reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles for millions of people. Recently, however, Botox® was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a new use: to treat excessive sweating under the arms, also known as hyperhidrosis.
If you or someone you know suffers from underarm hyperhidrosis, then you know the embarrassment that comes with the territory. Short of surgery, many people have had little success treating the condition and continue to live with the mortification every day. Fortunately, Botox has helped eliminate the need for surgery, while providing better results than traditional treatments for the condition.
Botox works by blocking the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. Recent studies have shown that when Botox is used to treat underarm hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating was relieved for an average of seven months. In fact, one in three studied did not begin sweating again for a year and a half.
“Botox isn’t a cure for underarm hyperhidrosis, but its effects can be long-lasting,” said Peter L. Kopelson, M.D. “Relief usually lasts for well over a year since sweating returns gradually and can easily be controlled; retreatment can be postponed for quite a long time.”
The treatment can be performed in a physician’s office, such as a dermatologist, and takes very little time to complete. There’s no downtime — once administered, patients can resume regular activity immediately.
“It is important that you see a physician with broad experience in using Botox. At The Kopelson Clinic we have developed impeccable techniques for a variety of uses, including for the treatment of underarm hyperhidrosis,” said Dr. Kopelson.
“The treatment has made a world of difference for our patients suffering with this condition. It’s given them back their self-confidence. It’s given them back their lives.”
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