Botox® injections increasingly used to curb excessive sweating

January 21, 2011

Botox may be used to curb excessive sweating
Botox may be used to curb excessive sweating

Though Botox is typically used to help one maintain a youthful look and smooth the appearance of wrinkles, it appears as though more and more people are requesting a Botox treatment to help eliminate excessive sweating, according to NBC affiliate WECT.

Medical professionals can inject small doses of Botox into areas that produce excessive sweat to help eliminate embarrassing situations. The effects of the Botox ® treatments typically last for six months to a year. This once off-label use was approved by the FDA in 2004 and has been growing in popularity every since.

Botulinum® Toxin type A is a neurotoxin that is commonly used to stop nerve signals that cause muscles to contract. This process can prevent patients from making facial expressions that could cause wrinkling, according to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

Botox treatments are a non-surgical alternative for patients who are not ready to undergo an invasive cosmetic procedure. Injectables such as Botox can be administered by a board-certified plastic surgeon to prevent wrinkles or sweating, and don't require a visit to the operating room.

There are few risks associated with Botox, but ASAPS recommends that patients who are considering the treatment discuss specific risks with their qualified injector prior to the procedure.


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