Upper lip sweating is a common occurrence for many people, usually caused by exercise, eating spicy food, or being in a hot environment. Our faces carry some of the largest sweat glands in our bodies, which is why we produce sweat in larger volumes.
However, some people have a condition that causes excessive upper lip sweating, the most common being a condition called hyperhidrosis. It causes excessive sweating that occurs spontaneously, without any external factors causing it. It’s a condition that is often hereditary, however, certain lifestyle choices and environmental factors can develop it.
What Causes Upper Lip Sweating?
There are two main causes for excessive upper lip sweating:
- Primary focal hyperhidrosis;
- Secondary generalized hyperhidrosis.
Primary focal hyperhidrosis causes excessive sweating with no previous medical conditions. It’s more symmetrical in nature and occurs on both sides of the face. Secondary generalized hyperhidrosis causes excessive sweating due to an underlying medical issue. Additionally, certain foods and medications can also contribute to developing excessive lip sweating.
Triggers to Avoid
Persons suffering from excessive facial sweating should consider tracking what triggers their hyperhidrosis. Aside from hot and humid temperatures, which are usually the number one cause of triggering excessive sweating, factors like stress, anxiety, and spicy foods can easily cause it as well.
Treatments for Upper Lip Sweating
Some over-the-counter medications and sprays can treat excessive sweating. Additionally, other things like taking daily showers and keeping the facial area hydrated can help. Moreover, sweat gland-removal surgeries can entirely eliminate the ability of the body to produce sweat.
However, there are non-surgical options for people wanting to treat their hyperhidrosis.
Can Botox Treat Upper Lip Sweating?
Botox is a type of neurotoxin that blocks receptors from communicating with each other. When it comes to upper lip sweating and facial sweating in general, it’s shown to have an effect in treating hyperhidrosis. It works in blocking sweat gland production, thereby decreasing the production of sweat in the injection area.
The process takes anywhere between 10 to 12 minutes from start to finish, and it does not require the use of general anesthesia. It works by applying a few microinjections on the upper lip area. Since Botox is temporary, treatments should be repeated every 4 to 8 months for the most effective results.
The results are not immediate. Like most other procedures that require the use of Botox, it takes some time for the botulinum toxin to settle into the skin. However, it usually takes less than a week for a dramatic decrease in sweating.
Results, Benefits, and Side Effects
Treating hyperhidrosis with Botox temporarily stops the body from being able to produce any sweat. Treating other areas like the scalp can help in minimizing excessive facial sweating overall. Since it’s a non-surgical procedure, most people can resume their daily activities without the need for leave or medication.
For the most optimal results, people should refrain from doing any activity that may cause sweating for the first few days. This includes exercising, being in extremely stressful environments, and consuming spicy foods. If possible, people should also avoid being in hot temperature rooms or humid environments.
Most minimally invasive procedures are low risk, however, there are some side effects to take into consideration before undergoing treatment. Most people will experience some pain on the injected spot, as well as possible redness and irritation for a few hours. Some people may experience headaches and bruising. More severe side effects include weakened muscle control.
Costs for Treating Upper Lip Sweating
Botox costs vary depending on the surface area, clinic as well as provider. The price is measured per Botox injection and can range anywhere between $12 to $20 per unit. However, multiple treatments are necessary for it to be effective, which means more visits for a prolonged period of time.
There is also the risk of getting a botched treatment from providers that are not trained or certified. If you are struggling with upper lip sweating, don’t hesitate to book an appointment at Line Eraser MD. Consult with board-certified Dr. Carol Eisenstat and go sweat-free!