Injecting Botox into your hands: a solution to combat excessive sweating

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The successive heat waves and high temperatures that we are experiencing this summer are causing let’s sweat more. This, in addition, affects to a greater extent people who suffer from hyperhidrosisa disease that causes excessive sweating, especially in hands, feet and armpits.

In Spain, more than a million people see their quality of life reduced by this disorder. In addition, excess sweat that appears in different parts of the body can trigger episodes of stress, which will vary depending on the social and/or emotional impact it has on patients.

Although sweat is necessary for regulate body temperaturepeople who suffer from hyperhidrosis they sweat too much and unpredictably, even when the temperature is cool or when they are at rest. This sweating occurs without apparent causes, simply because the person has overactive sweat glands and this can cause significant emotional and physical discomfort.

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This excess sweating It can be combated in the most problematic areas, such as the hands, with treatments such as Botox or botulinum toxin. Dr. Elena Moreno, from FEMM Clinic, answers some questions related to this treatment to MagasIN:

What does Botox treatment for the hands consist of?

This treatment consists of injecting botulinum toxin to prevent excessive sweating in the hands, also known as hyperhidrosis.

How long does it take to notice the effects after treatment?

Generally, they can be seen two or three days after treatment, and their maximum effect reaches ten or twelve days.

What kind of anesthesia is used? What are the days after?

Local anesthesia is usually used on the nerves in the wrist. This process does not require hospitalization, it is performed on an outpatient basis and the patient can return to their normal life in a short period of time.

We recommend not massaging, pressing or touching the treated area during the first day after the injection. It is also important to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun and do sports during the first twenty-four hours.

What is the average age of people who demand this type of intervention?

The age range ranges between thirty and forty years, for both men and women.

What are the clearest examples of this practice in popular women or celebrities?

Some celebrities like Carlota Corredera have undergone this treatment to alleviate hyperhidrosis.

What are the risks of this technique?

Patients may experience pain, swelling, and bruising in their hands.

The treatment

As we already told in MagasIN, this treatment is applied by aesthetic doctors and is aimed at people with problems such as hyperhidrosis. Although detecting this pathology is complicated, it can be done with the Minor’s test.

But Dr. Ernesto Pérez, an aesthetic doctor also at the FEMM Clinic, told MagasIN that it is not usually done. “In the end, sweat that may be normal to one person seems very annoying to another. What happens in aesthetics, at the end of the day, is that the patient himself is the one who diagnoses himself.”

Regarding the treatment with Botox, Dr. Ernesto Pérez explained that “butolinic toxin is a medicine and, as such, has a pharmacological action. This action blocks certain chemical processes. Therefore, when it is injected into a muscle, it stops working or moves with less force. When applied to the sweat glands, they stop producing sweat and responding to stimuli.”

The treatment usually lasts between 6 and 9 months and there is no problem in doing repetitions for years. According to the doctor, most patients come annually.

What they usually do is come when the hot season, which is when you sweat the most. In April, May or June, they are injected to block the sweat. The effect wears off more or less in January or February and nothing happens because they go a couple of months without it.”

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