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How does Botox help with excessive sweating?

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.

 

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