The efficacy and patient satisfaction of Botox for hyperhidrosis treatment is considered to be excellent. For those suffering from excessive sweating, Botox treatments give new hope where previous therapies have failed before.
Dr Ayham Al-Ayoubi : “Botox for hyperhidrosis treatment (excessive sweating) was approved in the United Kingdom in July 2001”.
Botox is a very pure preparation of a protein, Botulinum toxin type A. When small doses are injected into the skin, Botox blocks the actions of the nerves that supply the eccrine glands; this prevents the glands from producing sweat.
There are several different types of Botulinum toxins (A, B, C, E, F).The Botulinum Toxin used for cosmetic purposes is the Type A Botulinum or BTX-A.
We are dedictated to providing hyperhidrosis treatments that make a difference. We have experience in dealing with hyperhidrosis from the most common areas including the underarms, palms, forehead, to even more complicated areas, such as, the upper lip, nose, cheeks and feet. We have pioneered the use of Laser Smartlipo to treat axillary hyperhidrosis by Dr Ayham Al-Ayoubi in the Uk since 2006 .
The causes of Hyperhidrosis are unknown and why the condition starts, but it all comes down to over-activity in the sympathetic nervous system. In this system there is a chain called the Thoracic Sympathetic Ganglion Chain. This chain controls the glands which control perspiration throughout the whole body, and if a certain part of the chain starts to run at an abnormally high level, hyperhidrosis is caused.
Hyperhidrosis can either:
- Only affect certain parts of the body, most commonly the armpits, hands, feet or face; this is known as focal hyperhidrosis
- Affect the entire body, known as generalised hyperhidrosis
Most cases of generalised hyperhidrosis have an underlying cause, as it can be a side effect of taking medication or it can be related to another condition, such as, an overactive thyroid gland. Doctors may refer to this as secondary hyperhidrosis.
Botulinum Toxin type A (Botox) is made from naturally occurring bacteria, and is most commonly recognised as a treatment for wrinkles, however, it has also been proven effective at treating excessive sweating.
Excessive sweating is treated by administering an injection of Protein Botulinum Toxin to the overactive sweat glands, which are identified by first applying a powder to the skin. The protein acts by blocking excess nerve signals to the sweat glands, thus reducing the amount of sweat the body releases.
Botox can be used to treat hyperhidrosis in any part of the body, but is most commonly done in the armpits. It involves injections of small amounts of protein into the skin, which blocks the nerve supplying the glands, thus, preventing the glands from producing any sweat.
Botox Neurotoxin treatment helps control the symptoms of severe underarm sweating, when topical medicines do not work well enough, by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands.
When the sweat glands don’t receive chemical signals, the severe sweating stops. Botox injections are expected to temporarily stop the production of excessive sweat in the treated areas only. Sweat continues to be produced elsewhere.
After the Botulinum Toxin type A (Botox) treatment, the sweat doesn’t go anywhere or get blocked up because the sweat simply is not produced in the areas treated with Botox and the the rest of the body is free to produce moisture normally.
While the injections block the nerve endings, new ones begin to grow to replace the old ones, after about 4-12 weeks, because of this; repeat treatments are required every few months, usually between 4-9 months after the procedure.
Botox has been approved for the treatment of this condition, and has been found to be both safe and effective. It appears that this type of sweating is caused by overactivity of the nervous system.
Botulinum toxin type A ( Botox) was later approved for the treatment of excessive underarm sweating. Botox for hyperhidrosis treatment (excessive sweating) was approved in the United Kingdom in July 2001.
This is technically known as severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis – excessive underarm sweating with an unknown cause which cannot be managed by topical agents. By blocking the release of acetylcholine, which activates the sweat glands, botox injections can relieve excessive sweating, a life-altering procedure for those suffering from the embarrassing ailment, and were approved for use under the arm.
A long-term study has shown that side effects are minimal, and repeated injections over 16 months are safe and efficacious, with 50% or greater reduction in sweating seen in 96% of patients after the first treatment