You must have heard that a magic drug “Botox” can make you look years younger by eliminating wrinkles and expression lines on your face, but did you ever know that the same drug can be used to alleviate excessive sweating? Yes, Botulinum toxin A has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of excessive sweating. So if you feel sweaty palms are making your handshakes embarrassing, or excessive sweating in your armpits is isolating you, then Botox injections for sweating may be the answer to your problems.
How hyperhidrosis treatment works?
An approved dose of botulinum toxin is injected directly into the underarm skin or skin on the palms and soles of the hand or foot, using a fine needle. The drug works by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands do not receive chemical signals, they stop producing excessive sweat. A single dose of Botox is enough to obtain good results and the effects last for 4 to 6 months. Cosmetic surgeons believe that hyperhidrosis treatment can be repeated indefinitely once or twice a year.
The best thing about Botox treatment is that excessive sweating stops in the treated areas only and continues to be produced elsewhere, thus not overburdening your kidneys.
Risks associated with Botox injection
A common side effect of hyperhidrosis treatment is slight itching or bruising at the injection site. Other side effects associated with Botox include allergic reactions, rash, itching, headache, neck pain. In very rare cases the effect of toxin may spread to other parts of the patient’s body. Such a complication can cause botulism-like signs and symptoms, which include
- Muscle weakness all over the body
- Vision problems
- Trouble speaking or swallowing
- Trouble breathing
- Loss of bladder control
Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these effects any time (hours or weeks) after receiving the treatment. Moreover, doctors generally recommend against using botulinum toxin to pregnant or breast-feeding mothers, since the effects of the medication on the baby are not known.
How to avoid risks associated with Botox injections?
You can avoid side effects of these anti-wrinkle injections by sharing your complete medical plus physical history with the Botox provider. Tell your Clinician about any health problem you have, like diabetes, high blood pressure or any other cardiovascular condition. Some medications, when combined with Botox can also lead to serious side effects. So tell your doctor about medications, vitamins, herbal preparation or any other supplements that you have been consuming over the course of last four weeks. Also be careful when selecting a healthcare provider in dubai, as a slight mistake while administering Botox could lead to some serious life threatening side effects.
Selecting a clinician
Botox for sweating is very safe and quick, but only when performed by an experienced clinician. So be very careful when selecting a doctor, because even a minor mistake while administering Botox into your skin can lead to serious side effects. Besides, only a skilled and properly certified cosmetic surgeon can advise you on the procedure and help you determine whether hyperhidrosis treatment in dubai suits your needs and health or not.
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