Botox® is a procedure that has been approved by the FDA and can be used to do many things, like get rid of wrinkles or stop sweating. For example, Botox injections into the scalp reduce sweat and oil production. This version of Botox use is called a craniofacial hyperhidrosis treatment.
The results can be life-changing for people with craniofacial hyperhidrosis. For those who style their hair, this treatment can help prolong a blowout significantly. For those who are embarrassed about how much they sweat from their heads, this treatment means peace of mind.
How Does Botox Work to Reduce Scalp Sweating?
Sweating happens when the skin’s nerve endings signal the sweat glands to release fluid. Botox reduces excessive sweating by preventing those “messages.” As a result, the sweat glands in a treated area will not produce perspiration for up to six months.
Why Are the Results Temporary?
Botox is not a permanent cure for excessive sweating because your body generates new nerve endings every six months. However, since these newly formed nerve endings have not been subjected to Botox, they will function normally, sending signals to the sweat glands to begin perspiration.
Botox Craniofacial Hyperhidrosis Treatment Procedure
During your consultation, Dr. Maurice Khosh will evaluate the areas that sweat excessively and determine the best course of action for Botox injection locations. Common areas treated include the hairline, scalp and the “T” zone (upper lip, nose and temples).
Dr. Khosh will clean the area with antiseptic, apply numbing cream (if necessary) and then inject the Botox with a fine needle. It is a relatively painless procedure.
The number of injections required will be determined by:
- The circumference of your head—Botox injections on the scalp are typically spaced one square centimeter apart.
- How much sweat you produce—the more severe your hyperhidrosis, the more Botox you will require to treat it.
You may need further injections in the year following the first treatment.
The effects of Botox are noticeable as soon as four days following the procedure and can last longer than six months for some people. The outpatient procedure for these injections takes about 15 minutes, after which you can return to your everyday life.
Scheduling a Consultation to End Excessive Head Sweating
Botox can provide relief if you have been diagnosed with craniofacial hyperhidrosis. Dr. Khosh can also diagnose and treat craniofacial hyperhidrosis if you think you have it but have not seen a doctor yet. Schedule a Botox consultation today to find out if we can stop you from sweating too much.