Excessive sweating on the forehead, armpits, underarms, palms, scalp and soles is a common problem that can be very annoying and socially handicapping. Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, is caused by stimulation of the sweat glands by nerve endings which descend from higher centers in the brain.
Topical treatments can reduce sweating of some body parts, but often are not effective enough, and some individuals to not respond to the treatments. Moreover, these products can be irritating with continued use.
Oral medications currently used for excessive sweating often provide relief but can cause dry mouth, blurry vision, and other side effects. Tap water iontophoresis, on the other hand, is only mildly effective for severe cases, and surgical alternatives are associated with pain, scarring and may result in skin numbness.
Individuals who have failed topical treatments may be eligible for Botox® therapy for their excessive sweating. In 2004, the FDA approved Botox® for the excessive sweating of the underarms (axillary hyperhidrosis). Botox® treatments can help excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) including underarm sweating and facial sweating, with results lasting between 4 to 8 months.
During your consultation session, Dr. Raffi Dishakjian, the cosmetic surgeon of the Center, who has treated hundreds of patients suffering from this condition, will assess your candidacy for Botox® therapy for excessive sweating and explain its limitations and benefits in your particular situation. Please don’t hesitate to call our office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Dishakjian. Our phone number is 818-832-4500.