What options for facial hyperhidrosis do I have?

I'm pretty sure I can't use miraDry to treat my excessive facial sweating, but there must be some other treatments for this issue. Any idea?


M, 40, California

Tags:man face excessive sweating

Whether I was relaxing and watching a movie or moving around while cooking dinner, I would feel perspiration all over my face, as if I had just run a marathon. I would keep cotton or terry cloth towels with me to help keep control the excessive sweating. I refused to go out when my friends asked me, if my face was sweating too much because I would constantly feel like everyone was staring at me, even when they weren't. I was very self conscious. Then I decided to try to find a cure for my facial sweating. Though, not a cure, Botox injections did make my severe sweating way less noticeable, and seemed to be the only thing that did the trick.

I have facial hyperhidrosis, and I received a roll-on prescription antiperspirant from my doctor, which I did receive some benefits from. You treat the area each evening before bed, and it keeps the sweat glands from operating the next day. It caused my skin to tingle, and I didn't like that feeling, so I sought a more permanent answer. Some plastic surgeons and dermatologists specialize in treating hyperhidrosis. I have Botox treatments completed on a regular basis to address my medical condition.

The Botox injections are shallow and inject a small amount of medication, which shuts down the body's ability to turn on the sweat glands in the treated area. Botox remains active for anywhere from 6 to 12 months, and my doctor recommends that I have maintenance treatments done every six months. You may need to do them sooner, or you may be able to space your maintenance treatments out even further than I do. I am so happy with the results I get from Botox. I no longer have to carry a handkerchief around with me to wipe the sweat from my face as discreetly as possible, and my self-esteem and confidence have significantly increased.

I’ve suffered from terrible hyperhidrosis my entire life. Before I got it fixed, I felt like it was stunting my life. I could not bring myself to even consider wearing a tank top during the summer. The masking deodorants were just not cutting the mustard anymore, so I scheduled an appointment with my plastic surgeon to talk about alternative medical treatments. My doctor suggested I try Botox as a hyperhidrosis treatment. I get a series of injections in my armpits every so often, and it blocks the glands in my armpits from being able to secrete sweat. I don’t see how using Botox to stop the perspiration coming from your face would be any different from how I use it. Of course, you may have amazingly jutting cheekbones and a smooth forehead as a side effect.

I got miraDry in my underarms to help reduce the amount of heavy sweat I put out on a daily basis. I’m not sure if you can get miraDry treatments on your face or not, but I have heard of using Botox as a treatment option for hyperhidrosis. A while back, I read that you can get shots of Botox in your armpits and it will seal off most of your sweat glands. I know people already use Botox as a cosmetic aid, but who’s to say it can’t be used to help reduce the amount of sweat you produce on your face, too? I think you should talk to your doctor, and find out if Botox is a good option for you. Maybe a doctor could tell you about another procedure that could work if that is not an option.