Hyperhidrosis is a condition marked by abnormal and constant sweating even without external stimuli, such as heat or physical exertion. Most people sweat due to physical exertion, in hot weather conditions, or under stress and anxiety. Sweating is your body’s way of regulating your body temperature, keeping you cool when it’s hot outside. However, during hyperhidrosis, the nerves responsible for activating your sweat glands become overactive, leading to constant sweating even without external triggers.
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Neuromodulators for Hyperhidrosis
Neuromodulators are cosmetic injectables, such as Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin, that freeze or relax targeted muscles. These injectables are composed of a neurotoxic protein (botulinum toxin type A) that temporarily prevents nerves from communicating with specific muscles. If you’re suffering from hyperhidrosis, the cosmetic provider can inject the neuromodulator into the targeted sweat glands. This prevents your nerves from activating the sweat glands, which, in turn, prevents you from sweating uncontrollably.
Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) is the most popular neuromodulator available, having been used for hyperhidrosis treatments for decades. It’s FDA-approved for the treatment of excessive underarm sweating, but it can also be used on the scalp. The results usually last for 3 to 4 months, following which you’ll need maintenance treatments.
Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA) is another effective neuromodulator for hyperhidrosis in the underarm region and scalp. The cosmetic provider injects a few carefully targeted Dysport injections in the affected regions to stop excessive sweating. The results usually last for 3 to 4 months, but some say that Dysport lasts longer than other neuromodulators.
Xeomin (incobotulinumtoxinA) is a suitable alternative for patients who have developed tolerance to other neuromodulators. Xeomin is called a “naked” form of botulinum toxin because it’s not modified with additional proteins. This prevents the formation of antibody resistance, so you don’t develop tolerance to it, making it suitable for long-term use.
The Benefits of Neuromodulators
- Non-surgical treatment — only involves a few injections.
- No pain or discomfort, especially since it’s performed under topical anesthesia.
- The treatment concludes within 15 to 20 minutes.
- No downtime — you can resume your daily activities immediately.
- Minimal side effects, such as redness, swelling, and irritation for a few days.
- Personalized according to your specific needs and goals.
- Stop excessive sweating and improve quality of life.