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Many associate Botox injections as a cosmetic face treatment but did you know that Botox can also treat hyperhidrosis of the hands? Hand hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating in the hands. Although sweating is the body’s natural way of cooling itself down, people suffering from hyperhidrosis sweat profusely, beyond regular amounts. In addition to the hands, this condition can also occur on the face, hands, underarms, and feet. More than the discomfort it causes, hyperhidrosis can be extremely embarrassing for individuals. Currently, the causes are unknown.
There are both prescription treatments and over-the-counter solutions people can use to treat hyperhidrosis. These treatments are used topically in the affected area, but do not necessarily work for those who sweat excessively. They also tend to cause unwanted irritations.
Botox has been used to treat hyperhidrosis for years, unbeknownst to most people. In the mainstream, Botox is known as the chemical used to cosmetically prevent wrinkles from forming on your face. For excessive sweating, Botox blocks the neurotransmitters that signal sweat glands to overproduce moisture. When Botox is injected into the affected areas in the hands, improvements that last six months can be seen after two weeks — the time it takes for Botox to be fully functional.
In New York City, many people find themselves out with friends, acquaintances, business clients, and other situations that require possible hand-shaking or hugging. As a result, the Botox treatment to temporarily slow down excessive sweating is a highly sought after treatment. Dr. Bobby Buka can perform this procedure for patients interested in living free of the fear of embarrassment.
During the 30-minute Botox treatment, a light cryogen spray is used to numb the hand before the injections are administered. Patients are able to resume regular activities immediately after the treatment is applied.