But most people don’t know that Botox only was approved by the FDA to beat up on wrinkles in 2002. Long before that, in 1989, it was approved for treating conditions such as involuntary eyelid spasms, and other ailments, even migraine headaches.
In 2004, the FDA approved Botox for another use — the treatment of hyperhidrosis, commonly known as excessive sweating of the underarms. Dr. Malamet is an expert in this use of Botox.
How does Botox work?
Botox is made of the botulinum toxin A, the same bacteria that cause botulism. It was discovered decades ago that this neurotoxin, when injected in very tiny amounts into a muscle, can cause the muscle to stop contracting. This is how Botox stops the wrinkles formed by repeated muscle movements such as squinting or frowning.
How does it stop sweating?
For some people, their sweat glands are overactive. The antiperspirants used by most people aren’t enough to stop the production of sweat. In these cases, Dr. Malamet injects Botox in the area of the body’s underarm sweat glands. The Botox stops those sweat glands from producing, temporarily blocking the secretion of the chemical that is responsible for “turning on” the sweat glands.
How effective is it?
Botox has been shown to reduce underarm sweating by 82 to 87% in patients. Results take from 2 to 4 days to show themselves, as the Botox needs to first stop the messages going to the glands, with full effects usually in place within two weeks. The dryness varies by the patient, but the dryness lasts from 4 to 12 months, with some cases lasting as long as 14 months.
Want to put an end to your excessive underarm sweating? Call Dr. Malamet at 818-380-3130 to set up a consultation.