Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DOES SWEATING TREATMENT WORK?
Hyperhidrosis means excessive sweating. Perspiration is a normal bodily function, controlled by the autonomic nervous system. Sweat glands are found in the skin throughout the body, however are present in higher numbers in the skin of the hands, feet, armpits and the genital regions. Perspiring is a normal physiologic response of the body when the internal or body temperature rises. This response is characteristically seen with either exercise, or exposure to high environmental temperatures. Stressful situations can also stimulate the autonomic nervous system which then increases sweat production by the glands highly concentrated in the hands, feet, or other regions. In most people, the autonomic response in the sweat glands to stress is not excessive. Unfortunately in patients with hyperhidrosis (approximately 2-3% of Americans), the autonomic stimulation of the sweat glands in response to stress is hyperactive.
Botox injections are used to disable the sweat glands. Botox acts by blocking acetyl choline release at the nerve endings that stimulate the sweat glands thus shutting down the sweat process on the injected sites. The effects can last from 6-12 months depending on the site of injections. The procedure when used for underarm sweating has been approved by the FDA, thus giving new hope for people who after failing to respond to topical treatments were compelled to face surgery.
Dr. Khan identifies the hyperactive sweat area or areas with Minor’s Starch Iodine test and then, 10 to 15 sites, approximately 2 cm apart, are injected into each axilla. The whole procedure may take 20-30 minutes including the Botox preparation.*
50 units of Botox are usually needed for each axilla. The number of units required may vary depending on the individual patient. Visible results are usually seen in just a few days.*
Note: Dr. Khan uses Preserved Normal Saline for reconstitution of Botox which decreases the discomfort of the injections.
* Results may vary.
HOW DO YOU STOP EXCESSIVE SWEATING?
To stop excessive sweating, our physicians at our Long Island clinic inject Botox cosmetics in the area of problem. Botox stops excessive sweating by disabling the sweat glands by blocking the nerves. Botox is highly effective in stopping excessive sweating and is FDA approved.
HOW IS BOTOX® ADMINISTERED TO STOP UNDERARM SWEATING?
Fifteen to twenty drops of Botox® are injected via a very small needle into the hair-bearing skin of each underarm to stop underarm sweating. Normal activity can be immediately resumed, while heavy exercise should be avoided for several hours.
WHEN WILL BOTOX® TAKE EFFECT FOR HYPERHIDROSIS TREATMENT?
Underarm sweating will be decreased by 90% within 48 hours and full effect will be seen within one week. There may be simultaneous disappearance of odor associated with decreased sweating, but this is not consistent.
IS BOTOX OFFERED FOR UNDERARM SWEATING AT LONG ISLAND STUDIOMD?
Yes, Botox to stop underarm excessive sweating is offered by our medical doctors at our Garden City, Long Island location
HOW LONG DOES BOTOX® FOR HYPERHIDROSIS LAST?
Most patients will obtain substantial reduction in sweating with one treatment of Botox® for six to ten months.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS FOR BOTOX HYPERHIDRORIS?
Complications from injection into the axillary skin include tiny bruises which fade in a few days, and small persistent areas of sweating that may need a second treatment. There is no risk of numbness or permanent change in the axillary skin.