Botox® is safe and effective treatment for hyperhidrosis with consistent results in the temporary cessation of the sweat glands’ functioning.
BOTOX® (onabotulinumtoxinA) was FDA (the U.S. Food & Drug Administration) approved for the treatment of severe axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating under arms) in 2004 due to the ability temporarily “turning off” the body's sweat glands locally (at the area where it has been injected) without any interference with body thermoregulation and compensatory sweating (sweating on other body parts).
Botox® has been shown in an 82-87% decrease in sweating. Results start to be noticeable approximately 2 to 4 days after treatment with the full effects usually noted within 2 weeks. Botulinum toxin injections do not cure hyperhidrosis; your symptoms will go away gradually (usually in about a week) and return gradually. Follow-up injections may be necessary at intervals varying from 7 to 16 months to maintain dryness.
This treatment can be administered in the office, require relatively little time (very experienced medical professionals can inject both underarms in less than 10 minutes) without any restrictions in work or leisure activity (aside from refraining from intensive exercise or the use of a sauna on the day of the injections).
A general estimate of the cost of Botox® for two underarms is about $1,800 for achieving meaningful improvements in daily functioning, quality of life, and on-the-job productivity.