Hyperhidrosis

Joni Jefferson, D.O. -  - Aesthetic Dermatology

Zen Aesthetics

Joni Jefferson, D.O.

Aesthetic Dermatology & Dermal Filler located in Morristown, NJ

Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is more than annoying; it can also cause extreme embarrassment, affecting every area of a person's life. At Zen Aesthetics in Morristown, New Jersey, board-certified dermatologist Joni Jefferson, DO, uses advanced techniques to help patients manage their excessive sweating for greater comfort and better quality of life. To learn more about your treatment options, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to request an appointment today.

Hyperhidrosis Q&A

What is hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes excessive sweat production, well beyond the amount of perspiration required to maintain normal body temperature. The condition develops when nerves that trigger sweat glands become overactive and make you perspire even when it’s not needed. The condition primarily affects the armpits, palms, and feet. 

People who have hyperhidrosis usually find the condition very embarrassing, even avoiding social interactions to avoid revealing their condition. As a result, it can be emotionally debilitating and can have a major impact on social and work activities and relationships.

How is hyperhidrosis treated?

Botox® treatment may be the solution if you have severe underarm sweating that over-the-counter or clinical-strength antiperspirants can’t control. Botox is a weak and purified form of botulinum toxin that temporarily blocks chemical signals from nerves. 

You probably recognize Botox as a treatment for some types of wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. But when injected into areas prone to excessive sweat responses, Botox can block the signals that trigger sweat glands to produce, resulting in a reduction in perspiration.

How does Botox help alleviate hyperhidrosis?

When Botox is injected into sweat glands, they stop receiving nerve signals that tell them to produce sweat. As a result, Botox can reduce severe sweating. You don’t need to worry about temperature regulation because you continue to sweat elsewhere on your body.

Dr. Jefferson carefully injects Botox into your underarm using a fine needle. It may take 10-15 small injections, depending on the severity of your hyperhidrosis.

You should experience little to no pain during the injections, and Dr. Jefferson speaks with you before starting treatment about taking steps to ensure your comfort.

How often will I need to have treatments to keep hyperhidrosis under control?

Clinical studies have shown Botox can be effective in treating underarm perspiration for about six months in most people. Dr. Jefferson will discuss your needs and a possible treatment regimen during your consultation. 

It takes a few days for Botox to take effect, but you’ll notice a significant reduction in underarm sweating within 4-5 days*. Clinical studies show the results last 6-7 months, and then you can get another treatment.

To learn more about hyperhidrosis treatments, call Zen Aesthetics today or request an appointment online.

*Individual results may vary.