Question: I read recently that Botox can be used to treat excessive sweating. How effective is it as a treatment, and does your office offer these services?
Answer: Botox can definitely be used to treat excessive sweating in virtually any area of the body that is desired. Most commonly it is used to treat the axilla or armpit area, the sole of the feet, and the palms of the hands. Some patients that have excessive facial sweating secondary to a prior facial surgery, such as due to a parotid gland tumor, can also be treated for this excessive sweating with Botox quite successfully. I personally do not perform these types of Botox injections, and would refer the patient to a dermatologist that would. I do understand that they can last quite a long time, and most patients get results for approximately 4 to 6 months, but it does take a fair amount of Botox to achieve these types of results. Ultimately, I would refer you to the dermatologist for further information.