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Botox for Hand Hyperhidrosis

What is Hyperhidrosis? Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a condition defined by excessive perspiration beyond what the body requires for cooling.  Sweating is normal and important for daily functioning, but often people find that they are sweating excessively or in circumstances where they don’t feel that sweating is necessary.  Hyperhidrosis most commonly occurs on the underarms, hands, feet and face, though it may appear on any area of the body.  Hyperhidrosis can be debilitating, causing embarrassment and discomfort in many situations.  It is not currently known why some people sweat excessively, or have hyperhidrosis. Are there prescription treatments for hyperhidrosis? Prescription treatments, such as Drysol solution, exist for treating hyperhidrosis.  Unfortunately, these treatments are often irritating and patients are unable to tolerate their use in sensitive areas like the underarms and hands.  Over-the-counter treatment, such as Certain-Dri, also exists.  Certain-Dri is often not enough to control excessive sweating and patients require further treatment. What is Botox? Botox is a injectable medication that has been safely used for many years to treat hyperhidrosis.  Botox is also used cosmetically to prevent the formation of wrinkles on the face, as well as in many non-dermatological medical procedures. How does Botox treat excessive sweating? Botox is injected directly into the area of excessive sweating.  It then blocks the neurotransmitters in the area that stimulate the sweat glands to produce excess moisture.  Botox takes approximately 2 weeks to fully influence the sweat glands.  The improvement of excessive sweating lasts for approximately 6 months. Does Botox work to control excessive sweating of the hands? Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, of the hands can be very troublesome for people.  It can cause even the most simple social interaction, hand shaking, to be a dreadful experience.  Luckily, Botox is a very effective treatment for hyperhidrosis of the palms.  Patients with palmar hyperhidrosis will see around an 80% reduction of sweating on their hands after one Botox treatment. What should I expect during my appointment for Botox treatment to the hands? Your visit will take approximately 30 minutes and you will be able to resume normal activity immediately after your appointment.  A light cryogen spray may be used to temporarily numb each area of the hand prior to the small injection.  Approximately 25 small injections are made into the hand.  After the treatment, it will take 1-2 weeks to notice the improvement of excessive sweating. How much does Botox for excessive sweating of the hands cost? The price of Botox for palmar hyperhidrosis is $1200 per treatment.  All Botox treatments for excessive sweating of the hands are performed at Schweiger Dermatology in Midtown Manhattan. Click here to schedule a consultation to discuss Botox treatment for excessive sweating of the hands.

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New York, NY 10022

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