Botox has several medical and cosmetic uses. One of the applications that could be considered both medical and cosmetic is the treatment of hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is a term used to describe excessive sweating. It can have a knowable cause or no known cause to be considered hyperhidrosis. Botox injections can help reduce excessive sweating in various areas. Prospective patients often ask, “Is Botox for hyperhidrosis painful?”
Injecting Botox for hyperhidrosis is different than injecting it for aging or migraines. In this case, the main target is sweat glands and nerves. Therefore, the injections are not quite as deep as they are during other Botox injections. Thus, this can actually make them less painful than more traditional Botox applications.
With that said, the most common hyperhidrosis treatment areas include the face, underarms, and palms of the hands. These areas—particularly the palms—are a bit more sensitive than other areas. Thus, this can increase the discomfort. However, the injections are quick and subcutaneous. This means that most patients do not experience too much discomfort during the treatment.
Dr. Jonov is a cosmetic surgeon who specializes in plastic surgeries of the face, breast, and body at Seattle Plastic Surgery.