This drug has been used for many years to treat muscle spasms affecting the face, eyes and neck and for foot problems in children with cerebral palsy. It is also used widely used for cosmetic purposes.
Botulinum toxin type A, commonly known as Botox, is a treatment given by injection into the skin. It is licensed in the UK for treating localised hyperhidrosis of the armpits (axillae). This drug has been used for many years to treat muscle spasms affecting the face, eyes and neck and for foot problems in children with cerebral palsy. It is also used widely used for cosmetic purposes.
Botox is a preparation of protein which, when small doses are injected into the skin, blocks the nerves that supply the eccrine glands; this prevents the glands from producing sweat.
When Botox is injected, the toxin blocks the chemical messenger sent to your sympathetic nerves and so it does not reach the sweat glands. Without the chemical message, the glands cannot turn on the sweating. Botox permanently blocks the nerve endings and so sweat cannot be produced.
You will have a consultation with one of our practitioners before the treatment. This is to ensure that you have no health problems that Botox may interfere with or worsen. You will then be told the possible side effects of the procedure to forewarn you of any unwanted symptoms. It can take up to 2 weeks for the Botox to start working properly so it is important not to expect a miraculous disappearance right away.
The Botox treatment can often cause flu-like symptoms, tiredness and blurred vision, possibly arm and neck ache. You should avoid massaging the area or putting pressure on the injection site for a few days, and to avoid strenuous activity. The site may be a little painful and small bruises can form, but these symptoms go away within a day or two. Some patients have experienced an increase in sweating in another part of the body.
The treatment is not a cure for hyperhidrosis – it only provides temporary relief. It needs to be repeated every three to six months for maximum effect.
Result: temporary stopping of excessive sweat
Procedure time: 30-45 min
Duration of results: 6 months