Heavy sweating is fine in the gym, but not in the boardroom.
Hyperhidrosis – excessive sweating – is a medical condition involving up to 10 times the typical amounts of perspiration. That’s a far cry from normal, and stained underarms and a sweaty handshake just don’t cut it in the real world. Yet, 1 in 5 Americans report experiencing perspiration levels that range from social embarrassment to professionally debilitating. The cause of hyperhidrosis is actually unknown but is believed to be due to over-stimulation of the nerves that control the sweat glands in response to heightened emotion such as nervousness or stress as well as to the stimulants nicotine and caffeine.
In moderate to severe cases, strong antiperspirants and oral medications may not be effective enough. In these cases, Botox injections have shown to be highly effective in blocking the activation of sweat glands at the site of injection. Commonly treated areas include the underarm, the palms of the hands, the feet, the scalp, face, groin, and torso. In-office injection procedures take about 30 minutes hour and take progressive effect over several days. Results typically last 3-9 months depending on the dosage, injection site, and the individual.
In individuals who respond well to blockage of the underarm sweat glands by Botox, the option to permanently remove the sweat and odor glands using microwave technology is available. Dr. Beck currently treats the underarm area with this technology eliminating the need for repeated injection treatments.
With anti-sweating treatments, you can forget about dark clothing and limiting your movements. You’ll no longer look like you’ve lost your cool. Instead, you’ll enter important meetings and special occasions with added confidence.
Dr. Beck is a board certified plastic surgeon that specializes in surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures for men.