Botox® aids in combatting excessive sweating:
According to an article by RIMA AL-MUKHTAR and hosted on Arab news, hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating is when your typical antiperspirants are not able to stop the sweat from dripping.
In the article, it is stated that OnabotulinumtoxinA is a natural, purified protein with the ability to temporarily block the secretion of the chemical that is responsible for “turning on” the body’s sweat glands. By blocking, or interrupting, this chemical messenger, botulinum toxin “turns off” sweating in the area where it has been injected. Botox injections are very shallow, meaning that the medicine is injected just below the surface of the skin, where it remains.
In 2004, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) for the treatment of severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the underarms) in patients unable to obtain relief-using antiperspirants.
Research demonstrates that treating excessive sweating of the armpits, hands, feet, head and face (craniofacial), and other relatively small body areas (such as under the breasts) with onabotulinumtoxinA is safe and effective. When used to treat underarm excessive sweating, Botox has been shown to result in an 82–87 percent decrease in sweating. Results start to be noticeable approximately 2 to 4 days after treatment with the full effects usually noted within 2 weeks.
Dr. Alaa Arif, a consultant cosmetic dermatologist, spoke to Arab News about the use of Botox in controlling excessive sweating, and here is what he had to say:
How does Botox help with excessive sweating?
Botox is a natural protein with the ability to temporarily block the secretion of the chemical that is responsible for “turning on” the body’s sweat glands. By interrupting, this chemical messenger, botulinum toxin “turns off” sweating in the area where it has been injected. We inject Botox just below the surface of the skin, where it remains.
How long does the treatment last?
When used to treat underarm excessive sweating, Botox has shown to result in an 82–87 percent reduction in sweating. Results start to be noticeable approximately 1 week after the treatment with the full effects usually seen within 2 weeks.
How often does one need to do the treatment?
Dryness typically lasts 3 to 6 months. Statistics from published studies have shown that repeated treatment with Botox is safe and effective for bringing long-lasting improvements in the patient’s quality of life. Botulinum toxin injections do not cure hyperhidrosis; your symptoms will go away gradually (usually in about a week) and return gradually. Follow-up injections are required to maintain dryness. These repeat injections may be necessary at intervals every 6 months.
How about retouches?
After you receive Botox injections for any focal area, it’s recommended that you follow-up with your health care provider in 1 to 2 weeks. This follow-up is highly useful because it enables your physician to ‘touch-up’ any sweating areas that may have been missed during the first round of injections and ensure that you are getting the treatment’s full benefit.