Dermatologist Offers Help for Those Who Suffer From Excessive Sweating

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In La Jolla, dermatology specialist Susan M. Stuart, M.D, uses BOTOX® for her patients with hyperhidrosis, a medical condition involving excessive underarm sweating.

Excessive sweating, a condition known as hyperhidrosis, can be an embarrassing and chronic challenge for many men and women, inhibiting their interactions with others. To address that concern, Dr. Susan M. Stuart of La Jolla Dermatology is now offering her San Diego area patients BOTOX® injections targeted at treating hyperhidrosis.

BOTOX is best known for its ability to smooth out wrinkles and lines on the forehead and other areas and is one of the most popular non-surgical treatments. While Dr. Stuart offers BOTOX Cosmetic for facial rejuvenation at her La Jolla dermatology practice, she also believes in the medical applications. "As a dermatologist, cosmetic enhancement is just part of what I do. Much of my work is dedicated to treating medical conditions," she explains. "Hyperhidrosis can be incredibly uncomfortable, both physically and emotionally. Treating it can improve a patient's well-being just as much as treating acne or other skin concerns."

Problems or abnormalities in the sympathetic nervous system cause the sweat glands to overproduce, resulting in hyperhidrosis. In some cases, these glands can produce more than five times the amount of sweat needed to cool the body, occurring even in cool temperatures. Since the FDA approved BOTOX for hyperhidrosis treatment, those who suffer from the condition are finally able to find reliable relief, according to Dr. Stuart.

"Those who suffer from hyperhidrosis often have issues with controlling it, even with prescription-strength antiperspirants," says Dr. Stuart. "Antiperspirants may dissipate throughout the day or may not be strong enough to start with. However, BOTOX treats the underlying root of the problem—the nerves that control sweat excretion."

BOTOX is made from botulinum toxin, which, when injected under the skin, limits the nerve's ability to send signals to the sweat glands. If the nerves are inhibited, the sweat glands do not excrete as much sweat. Studies have shown that one month after treatment, 91% of patients had at least a 50% reduction in sweating and required only one or two treatments per year. For those who haven't had luck with other treatments, BOTOX can provide significant relief.

"My patients are definitely seeing the benefits," Dr. Stuart says. "It's gratifying to hear their description of the difference it's making in their lives. They feel more comfortable in professional and social situations and more relaxed about their appearance. The benefits of BOTOX are rewarding for them in so many ways."

In addition to treatments using BOTOX for both medical and cosmetic purposes, Dr. Stuart offers a range of other services and procedures, such as permanent makeup, facials, microdermabrasion, and hair removal in San Diego.

Dr. Susan M. Stuart ( is a board-certified dermatologist offering laser skin care, skin cancer therapies, laser hair removal, and other skin rejuvenating procedures alongside her husband and practice partner, triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo. After receiving her M.D. from Tulane University School of Medicine, Dr. Stuart completed a competitive internship at Mercy Hospital Center in San Diego followed by a residency and fellowship in dermatology. Dr. Stuart is highly respected as a faculty member at UCSD Medical Center, has held numerous prestigious professional appointments, and has been selected as one of America's Top Physicians in dermatology.


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