Most people associate Botox with looking younger and smoothing wrinkles, however, it can also be a very effective treatment for hyperhidrosis. Botox is most effective for reducing sweating in the armpits, but it can also be used for the hands, feet and face. Botox is a relatively new treatment for excessive sweating and is given in very small quantities by means of injections into the affected area. Each treatment session takes around 30 to 45 minutes and during this time between 10 and 20 injections are given.

What does it do?

Botox is short for Botilinum toxin, which helps to prevent sweating by blocking the delivery of signals from the brain to the sweat glands and this is turn reduces the amount of sweat produced by the sweat glands. Botox is usually the next treatment option if prescription antiperspirant hasn't worked and is less invasive than surgery, however, it is only viable for the treatment of primary hyperhidrosis and cannot be used in the treatment of secondary hyperhidrosis.

Is it permanent?

Botox is not a permanent solution, as the results usually only last for up to eight months and then further treatment is required. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding and suffer from allergies to albumen drugs it is recommended that your try other treatment methods for hyperhidrosis. Some people develop mild side effects after having Botox treatment, such as mild bruising and potential compensatory sweating, but these are uncommon reactions.

Where can I get Botox?

Botox treatment is not commonly available on the NHS and the availability of Botox treatment depends on the area where you live, as services are commissioned by primary care trusts. If you have private treatment you can expect to pay around £150 to £400 depending on which areas of the body require treatment.