Hyperhidrosis. That’s the nice way of saying it. For people who suffer from excessive seating in the underarms there’s nothing nice about it. It’s embarrassing and unnerving. It can make the sufferer downright hyper self-conscious.
Dr. Malamet uses Botox to stop hyperhidrosis and let the person lead a more normal life.
How Botox stops the sweat
If you’ve seen the movie Broadcast News, that was surely the most graphic portrayal of excessive sweating. The character played by Albert Brooks was a reporter who finally had a chance to anchor a news broadcast. He was fine until the cameras went live, then the sweat came and came and out with it his future as an anchorman.
The reality of hyperhidrosis is less than that image from the movie, but it is highly embarrassing. To combat it, the FDA has approved the use of Botox. Botox, of course, is famous for being the most popular cosmetic treatment in the world when treating wrinkles, particularly those around the eyes and on the forehead.
But Dr. Malamet is an expert at using Botox to stop hyperhidrosis. The secret is in the way Botox blocks muscles from contracting. This is called neuromodulation and Botox does this by blocking the nerve signals sent from the nerve to the brain telling the muscle to contract. Without the message to the brain, the brain never sends the message back to contract.
Dr. Malamet has found that Botox is especially effective at treating excessive sweating in the armpits. As it does when used on the face, using Botox to stop excessive sweating requires extensive knowledge of the anatomy of the muscles and underlying structures. Once injected, Botox blocks the nerves in the glands that trigger excessive sweating. It takes roughly three days for the Botox to block the nerve messages and inhibit the sweat glands.
As it does when used to treat wrinkles, the results from Botox injections are not permanent. Eventually the Botox loses its potency and the body absorbs the now-harmless ingredients. At that point, the patient needs to schedule another session to maintain his or her results. The duration of the effectiveness can vary, but usually runs around six months.
Tired of dealing with hyperhidrosis? Call Dr. Malamet at 818-380-3130 and let’s discuss using Botox to stop it.