Excessive sweating, (Hyperhidrosis), is a common condition that can interfere with our daily lives, may cause embarrassment, or in some cases impact our self-esteem. Fortunately, Botox can support with the management of this condition.
Botox works by blocking the chemical that activates sweat glands, reducing sweat production. The most commonly treated areas are the underarms, hands and feet, but other areas like the forehead, scalp, and back can also glean great results. The procedure itself is quick and safe and provides relief for up to 6 months.
In the UK, the coverage of hyperhidrosis treatment by insurance varies depending on the insurance provider and policy. Please check with your individual insurance provider for clarification.
Yes, Botox injections for hyperhidrosis are available on the NHS, but they are only provided for severe cases that have not responded to other treatments. To be eligible for NHS treatment, you will need to be referred to a specialist by your GP. The specialist will assess your condition and determine if Botox injections are an appropriate treatment option for you. If you are not eligible for NHS treatment, you can still receive Botox injections for hyperhidrosis at a private clinic.
The effectiveness of Botox treatment for hyperhidrosis can vary depending on the individual and the severity of their condition. However, in clinical studies, Botox injections have been shown to be effective in reducing excessive sweating by up to 80-90%. This means that a significant reduction in sweating can be achieved in most cases, with some patients experiencing complete resolution of their hyperhidrosis symptoms. The duration of the treatment’s effectiveness can vary, but most patients experience relief from sweating for 4-6 months or longer.
While it is possible to experience compensatory sweating after Botox treatment for hyperhidrosis, it is relatively rare. Compensatory sweating occurs when the body starts sweating more in other areas to compensate for the reduced sweating in the treated area. It’s important to note that compensatory sweating is usually less severe than the hyperhidrosis symptoms that were initially treated with Botox.
There is no evidence to suggest that Botox injections for hyperhidrosis increase the risk of cancer. Botox has been used safely for many years in a variety of medical and cosmetic applications, including the treatment of hyperhidrosis. It’s always important to discuss any potential risks and benefits of any medical treatment with your healthcare provider before undergoing the procedure.
Botox is a safe and effective treatment for excessive sweating, however there are other treatment options which may also alleviate symptoms. These include:
- Prescription antiperspirants: Stronger antiperspirants containing aluminium chloride hexahydrate can be prescribed by a healthcare provider to help reduce excessive sweating.
- Iontophoresis: This is a non-invasive treatment that involves placing the affected area, such as the hands or feet, in water and applying a low-level electrical current to the skin. This can help reduce sweating in the affected area.
- Oral medications: Certain medications, such as anticholinergics, can help reduce sweating by blocking the chemical signals that stimulate the sweat glands. However, these medications can have side effects and may not be suitable for everyone.
- Surgery: In severe cases of hyperhidrosis, surgery may be an option. This can involve cutting or destroying the nerves that control sweating in the affected area.