While it may not be as visible as face sweat, excessive sweating of the palms can be troublesome, mortifying, and in extreme cases, debilitating. It can make business interactions awkward, interfere in romantic moments, and even make it difficult to do simple things like grip your car’s steering wheel or turn a doorknob.
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Excessive sweating of the palms (also called palmar hyperhidrosis) can be caused by neurologic, metabolic, or other systemic diseases, but often it is an isolated issue for otherwise healthy people. Sometimes triggers, like hot weather or anxiety, cause the sweating, but often there is no obvious cause, which means that it can happen at any time. If you’re one of the estimated 8 million Americans who suffers from this condition, you know that this excessive, spontaneous sweating is more than a mere annoyance—it’s a problem that can seriously affect your day-to-day life.
While topical antiperspirants antiperspirants can help some with underarm sweating, they are relatively ineffective when it comes to palmar hyperhidrosis—because you use your hands constantly, the antiperspirant rubs off soon after application. Frequent reapplication isn’t a good option, not only because it’s inconvenient, but because the constant application can irritate your skin. Effective and fast acting, Botox is an excellent alternative to topical remedies that fail to curb your hyperhidrosis.
Botox is a safe, long-lasting method to treat excessive sweating of the palms—one which can significantly improve your symptoms. When Botox is injected into your skin, it blocks the acetylcholine receptors that activate your sweat glands, disabling your ability to sweat in the areas where the Botox has been injected. This treatment has been in use for many years, and studies that have been conducted on its long-term effects have had very positive results.
Botox treatment for sweaty palms typically takes less than half an hour, but the effects can last for up to 12 months (although it is possible that you may need two, or in some cases three, treatments per year, depending on the case). The injections can be a little painful in the hands because palms have so many nerve endings—but the needles used are tiny, and nerve blocks can be used to numb the hands first, making the procedure much more comfortable for you. Most importantly, patients are overwhelmingly satisfied with the results of their treatment; many people report dramatic reductions in their physical symptoms, as well as improvements in their self-confidence and social interactions. In one study, approximately 30 to 40 percent of patients reported that hyperhidrosis had at least a moderate effect on limiting their work performance prior to their Botox treatment, whereas afterward only 3 to 10 percent said that that was the case; and approximately 40 to 45 percent of patients felt at least moderately limited by their condition in social situations before treatment, numbers that went down to 5 to 13 percent post-treatment.
If you’re tired of allowing excessive sweating of the palms to affect your quality of life—whether personal, professional, or both—consider scheduling a consultation with Dr. Rajagopal to find out if Botox treatment is right for you. There’s no reason to suffer from this completely treatable condition unnecessarily: If you’re interested in taking a step toward curing your palmar hyperhidrosis, give the San Francisco Plastic Surgery & Laser Center a call at 415-392-3333.
Cost of treating palmar hyperhidrosis with Botox: $1200.