It was Colin Powell who said, “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”
With this type of thinking, everyone with hyperhidrosis, a condition where someone sweats excessively, would be the most successful people at achieving their dreams.
Yet, those with hyperhidrosis, the excessive sweating disorder would tell you a completely different picture of what’s happening in their life – and some say that their dreams are dashed due to the disorder.
Hyperhidrosis creates low satisfaction in all relationships, makes a person avoid certain careers and even job interviews, taxes the clothing budget because clothes are constantly soaked with sweat and wear out faster, and causes psychosocial as well as financial stress.
Are you someone who understands this picture all too well because you have the condition?
The bottom line is that if you’ve been living with this condition, there is a way to get all your dreams back once again – a cosmetic dermatologist solution called Botox for Hyperhidrosis.
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is thought to be related to an underlying health condition such as an overactive thyroid gland, diabetes, obesity, out, mercury poisoning or menopause, or even from some medications that seem to pour out the sweat for no reason at all.
Hyperhidrosis isn’t ordinary sweating. It’s the type of sweating that makes you:
- change your clothes frequently during the day because they’re soaked after a sweating ‘attack’
- know every last detail about antiperspirants and how much sweat they can handle
- want to try a prescription antiperspirant
- wear waterproof makeup
- very embarrassed about wet spots when you sit on a chair
- get to know the dry cleaner’s staff quite well
- worry about every time you have to meet someone new – or even about spending time with old friends because you may appear nervous or socially unacceptable
Watch this short Youtube video about a young woman – a hyperhidrosis sufferer – discuss 10 issues of what she has to deal with, almost daily:
Botox for Hyperhidrosis Comes on the Scene in the Early 2000s
In 2004, the FDA finally approved Botox for Hyperhidrosis treatment for excessive sweating of the armpits. And Botox has been working in people with hyperhidrosis ever since.
Botox is a purified protein that can temporarily block the secretion of sweat from the sweat glands. Wherever it’s injected into the skin, the botulinum toxin in Botox acts to turn off sweating. It’s injected just under the skin where the sweat glands are located.
The effects of the treatment last for at least 4 months and the sweating stops about 4 days after the treatment.
You can schedule additional treatments – they are safe and effective, and the results seem to get better with time.
How the Botox for Hyperhidrosis Procedure is Done
You don’t have to worry that you’re doing something bad to your body with Botox treatment for hyperhidrosis either, because the sweat glands in your armpits are only a small fraction of all the sweat glands in your body. Disabling some of them isn’t harmful and your skin can still perform its detoxification functions in the rest of your body with the Botox treatments.
The Botox treatments for hyperhidrosis may also be injected into the palms, forehead, and soles of the feet, but the most effective areas to treat are the armpits and palms. It’s a little trickier to get the Botox for face hyperhidrosis correct so always make sure you have an experienced medical doctor who has performed the procedure many times before.
Botox for hyperhidrosis was the treatment given to one young woman who had a problem with excessive sweating for 5 years. She’s still young and in the prime of her life and knew she needed a solution. Check out her success and watch the whole medical procedure in the doctor’s office here:
And here’s one of the most recent segments on the television show, The Dr’s with an older woman who is suffering just as much as the younger girl. Check out the short segment:
What Do The Medical Studies Report on Botox for Hyperhidrosis?
It’s possible to develop excessive sweating as a child, and you may be wondering if Botox for hyperhidrosis is safe in children. In one recent study of 141 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 years old with severe hyperhidrosis that affected the armpits, 79-93% of the adolescents had a 75% or greater reduction in sweat by week 4 after the treatment. The treatment effects lasted 134 to 152 days.
In a UK study, 13 adult patients were treated with botox for hyperhidrosis and there was an 81-87% reduction in the area treated that showed positive benefits up to 12 weeks. The subjects in the study believed their sweat reduction was 98% less at 4 weeks, 96% at 8 weeks and 90% at 12 weeks.
That’s a pretty significant reduction in the amount of sweating – and you can imagine the results not stated in the study included getting their dreams back once again, and becoming more social.
In another study, 10 patients who had excessive armpit sweating of more than a teaspoon of sweat per minute consented to test out the Botox for hyperhidrosis. Now you may not know how much 50 mg is in sweat – not many people do!
The patients received Botox in one armpit and another type of botulinum treatment in the other. The sweat rate was reduced by 97.7% and the good effects lasted 260 days. Just over half of the patients had effects that lasted 12 months. Now that’s success!
You could also watch a short segment on the condition from Dr. David Nielson, M.D., a hyperhidrosis expert who discusses whether or not diet changes may affect sweating and whether or not acupuncture, chiropractic and herbs will help:
Should you consider Botox for hyperhidrosis? Only if you want your dreams back!
To learn more about your skin and how you can look and feel your very best, call us for a free cosmetic consultation at 403-271-3627.
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