Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) is a disruptive condition that affects about 1% of the population. In this condition the normal sweating response, which functions to keep the body cool by dissipating heat, is exaggerated. Persons affected find it to be highly disruptive, often having to change clothes many times a day. Additionally, clothing can be ruined by staining and often excessive sweating causes embarrassment. Unfortunately, hyperhidrosis is not readily treated with topical agents such as antiperspirants. Though the underarm is the most commonly complained of site for excessive sweating, it can also occur on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.

Sweat glands are in the dermis of the skin. This is the layer just below the uppermost layer of skin called the epidermis. The sweat glands are stimulated to produce sweat by a signal from very small nerve fibers in the dermis. In 2004 Botox was approved by the FDA to treat excessive sweating of  the underarms. It has also been successfully used to treat hyperhidrosis of the hands and feet though not yet FDA approved for those sites. Botox works by blocking the signal transmission from the nerve endings to the sweat glands in the specific area of the dermis that the medicine was injected. The result is a much smaller amount of sweating (about 80% less) in the area with results persisting for up to 6 months! Even though Botox dramatically reduces sweat in the target area, the body is equipped with so many sweat glands throughout that no reduction in the ability to keep cool by sweating is noted.

In addition to using Botox for cosmetic purposes, Advanced Laser Clinics of Shreveport has been performing Botox treatment for hyperhidrosis for many years. Though results do vary, our clients have been overwhelmingly pleased. If you live in the Shreveport, Bossier City or surrounding areas and feel you might benefit from Botox therapy for excessive sweating, give us a call or come by for a free consultation.