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Botox injections are used to treat a variety of medical conditions. Botox is a neurotoxin made from the microbes that cause botulism (a kind of food poisoning). But don’t worry, it’s very safe if used appropriately by a medical professional.
Botox got its start as a cosmetic treatment. It smooths facial wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles. Doctors also use Botox to treat neuromuscular conditions such as migraines, muscle spasms, and hyperhidrosis.
FDA-Approved for Treating Hyperhidrosis
In 2004, the U.S. 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. BOTOX is produced by Allergan, Inc., of Irvine, California, and it is the most studied brand of botulinum toxin in the world. BOTOX is approved to treat a total of eight medical conditions in the United States, and received its first FDA approval in 1989.
Over the years, it has been used to treat millions of patients with various conditions, including spasticity and movement disorders. At least 20 countries have approved BOTOX for the treatment of underarm excessive sweating.
What Does Research Say?
Research demonstrates that treating excessive sweating of the armpits, hands, feet, head and face (craniofacial), and other relatively small body areas (like 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% decrease in sweating.
Results start to be noticeable approximately 2 to 4 days after treatment with the full effects usually noted within 2 weeks. Dryness typically lasts 4 to 12 months, but some studies have found it can last as long as 14 months. Additional statistics from published research studies have shown that repeated treatment with Botox is safe and effective for hyperhidrosis and consistently results in meaningful, long-lasting improvements in an excessive sweating patient’s symptoms, daily functioning, and quality of life.
Sweat is essential to human survival and serves as the body’s coolant, protecting it from overheating.
There are two to four million sweat glands distributed all over our bodies. The majority of them are “eccrine” sweat glands, which are found in large numbers on the soles of the feet, the palms, the forehead and cheeks, and in the armpits.
Eccrine glands secrete an odorless, clear fluid that helps the body to control its temperature by promoting heat loss through evaporation. In general, the type of sweat involved in hyperhidrosis is eccrine sweat.
The other type of sweat gland is called an “apocrine” gland. Apocrine glands are found in the armpits and genital region. They produce a thick fluid. When this fluid comes in contact with bacteria on the skin’s surface, it produces a characteristic potent “body odor”.
What Are The Stimuli?
Both the eccrine and apocrine sweat glands are activated by nerves. These nerves respond to a variety of stimuli including:
• messages from the brain indicating that the body is too hot
• physical activity or exercise.
In people who have excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, the sweat glands (eccrine glands in particular) overreact to stimuli and are just generally overactive, producing more sweat than is necessary. It’s often said that people with hyperhidrosis have sweat glands that are stuck in the “on” position.
Contrary to a popular myth on the internet, sweat is NOT made up of toxins and therefore you don’t ‘sweat out’ toxins. Rather, sweat is made up of 99 percent water and small bits of carbs, salt, protein and urea. The kidneys and liver are the organs responsible for detoxing your body (not the sweat glands).
How do Botox injections work?
Botox works by blocking the nerves responsible for activating your sweat glands. Normally, your nervous system activates your sweat glands when your body temperature rises. This is how your body automatically cools itself. In people with hyperhidrosis, however, the nerves that signal the sweat glands are overactive.
When you receive Botox injections directly into the area of your body that commonly sweats, your overactive nerves are essentially paralyzed. When your nerves can’t signal your sweat glands, you don’t sweat. However, Botox only prevents sweating in the specific area where it’s injected.
Where is Botox used?
Currently, Botox has only been approved for the treatment of underarm sweating. In studies, Botox was extremely effective in treating underarm sweating. Doctors use it “off-label” to treat other areas of the body.
Studies have found that Botox successfully treats sweaty palms in 80 to 90 percent of cases. However, the treatments don’t last quite as long as the underarm treatments. Studies also show that Botox works to treat forehead sweat. It can reduce sweating by 75 percent for about five months.
Researchers believe that Botox could help with sweating on the soles of the feet, however few studies have been done. Of particular concern is that injections in the feet are considerably more painful than other areas.
Take The Next Step!
Have you talked to your doctor about excessive sweating? If not, now is the time! Contact Dr. Sani in Los Gatos to schedule your free consultation about using BOTOX to combat excessive sweating.
Botox is a highly effective treatment for excessive sweating. For many people, it drastically improves their quality of life. The injections can be costly and aren’t always covered by insurance. You can talk to Dr. Sani or insurance company about getting your Botox injections covered.
Must Know About BOTOX for Excessive Sweating
What to expect after treatment
You can resume your normal activities immediately after receiving Botox injections. It will take between two and seven days for you to stop sweating in the treated area. It can take two weeks for total dryness.
How long does it last?
The effects of Botox are temporary, which means you’ll need more injections in the future. For underarm sweating, dryness can last anywhere from four to fourteen months. Results may not last as long for the hands and feet, and you may need to repeat your treatment in about six months.
About two weeks after your treatment, once you have seen the full effects of the Botox, you should see your doctor for a follow-up appointment. At this appointment your doctor can perform any “touch ups” of missed spots.
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We’re looking forward to helping you reveal a dry, comfortable you! Reserve a complimentary consultation online to get started with treatment at Sani Aesthetics in Los Gatos. To speak with us by phone, please call (408) 740-5878.