BOTOX: The Hidden Benefits Of Botulinum Toxin
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In today’s article, we will help to educate you on New Uses for Botulinum Toxin – Excessive Sweating
Among the many misconceptions surrounding Botulinum Toxin, popularly known as Botox or Dysport is the idea that it’s only useful for fending off wrinkles. What was once an accidental discovery when a group of Belgian picnickers went into paralysis after eating uncooked sausage, this wonder drug is now used to treat many medical conditions. By the way, do you know where the name Botox came from? Botox, or botulus, means sausage in Greek.
As a muscle relaxant, these neuromodulators of neurotoxins such as Botox or Dysport can be useful in tiny amounts in various areas of the body, all to different effects. It seems that experts (and the FDA) are becoming increasingly excited about its potential. As positive research continues to pour in, doctors are now offering the injectable to treat everything from teeth grinding and headaches to acne and depression.
Here are some of the most surprising uses for Botox.
Treatment of excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis using Botox
Hyperhidrosis is defined as the production of excess sweat, beyond the amount required to return elevated body temperature to normal, which is slightly below 37°c. Hyperhidrosis can be divided into primary and secondary forms. Do you know that when all of the eccrine sweat glands are working at maximum, the rate of perspiration for a human being may exceed three liters per hour.
Primary, or essential, hyperhidrosis occurs typically in young individuals experiencing mental stress (nervous sweating), without other pathogenetic factors. The sweating is focal and located chiefly in the axillae, the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet, or the forehead.
Secondary hyperhidrosis is caused by an underlying neurologic or endocrinologic disease or malignancy. The sweating is usually diffuse. Patients with axillary or palmar hyperhidrosis exhibit 4 to 5 times greater than average sweat rate. There are two kinds of sweat glands:
Eccrine sweat glands - They are distributed all over the body (except for the lips, tip of the penis, and clitoris) although their density varies from region to region. Humans utilize eccrine sweat glands as the primary form of cooling.
Apocrine sweat glands - They are larger, have different mechanisms of secretion, and are limited to the axilla (armpits) and perianal areas in humans, and contribute little to cooling in humans.
Most sweat glands are of the eccrine variety, in which the secretory cells remain intact. Sweat glands are innervated by cholinergic nerves of the sympathetic nervous system and secrete only when stimulated, and, in a hot environment or during strenuous exercise. However, the sweat glands of the palms of the hands and soles of the feet appear to respond to emotional states (anxiety and mental stress) rather than to an increase in external temperature. Eccrine sweat glands are smaller than apocrine sweat glands, and they do not extend as deep into the dermis. The clear secretion produced by eccrine sweat glands is termed sweat.
BoNT A blocks the release of acetylcholine; producing temporary chemical denervation of the sweat gland resulting in the local reduction of sweating. This is achieved by injecting the toxin in the vicinity of the sweat glands, which are located within the dermis of the skin. Injections for this indication must therefore be given intradermally. The objective of treatment is to reduce sweating to a physiologically normal level that patients find tolerable. Anhidrosis is not the target. Few tiny injections of Botox into the skin of the armpit can put an end to excessive sweating for up to 6 to 8 months. We’ll talk more about other benefits of Botox in the next topic.
About IIWAM training in Botulinum Science
As always, it is imperative for the practitioner to undergo proper training in facial aesthetics to understand the procedure, the product, and the patient. Equally, he/she must know the benefits, risks, and countermeasures to correct complications. IIWAM also offers an Online Aesthetic Certification programme for Non-Surgical Body Sculpting, Advanced Dermal Filler Training (Restylane, Juvéderm, Teosyal, Bellotero), Advanced Botulinum Toxin Training (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin), Skin Booster Training (Restylane Skin Booster, Profhilo, Rejuran), Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Training, and Threadlift Training (PDO, Aptos, Happy Lift).
At IIWAM, our trainers pay utmost attention to teaching the following subjects in Botulinum Science under the latest Botox training course.
Injection points for Botox / Dysport in hyperhidrosis
Where NOT to inject for Botox / Dysport in hyperhidrosis
What are the benefits of Botox / Dysport in hyperhidrosis
How to inject Botox / Dysport for hyperhidrosis
Risks of Botox in hyperhidrosis
How to treat Botox / Dysport complications
What are the side effects of Botox / Dysport
About IIWAM Aesthetic Education
At IIWAM, we provide an International Aesthetic Certification program and also Advanced Online Aesthetic Courses for Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Aestheticians, and Spa Owners in the field of Aesthetic Medicine.
Our Institute is based in Malaysia and has international students from the Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, and other parts of Asia. With our insignia of “Be Certified, Be Recognized”, we develop knowledgeable, skilled, and confident aesthetic practitioners of international repute. Our Aesthetic training focuses on teaching the principles of Aesthetic procedures before venturing into Aesthetic clinical skills. IIWAM training Programs are a combination of Onsite Training, LIVE Online Webinars, and Online Learning. IIWAM is the first Institute in the World to have its Programs assured by City & Guilds of London and certified by European International University. IIWAM is also a registered CPD Training provider with CPD Standards Office in the UK and by CPD Malaysian Medical Association.
Onboard is our Assoc. Prof Dr. Morthy, the lead trainer, medical director of the International Institute of Wellness & Aesthetic Medicine (IIWAM), formerly known as Aesthetic Academy Asia (http://www.iiwam.ac/). In the Aesthetic part of our Institute, we provide Advanced Aesthetic Medical Procedures that are Safe, Effective, and Affordable, offering a wide range of specialized treatment for All Your Aesthetic Needs.
(Also read: How Safe is Botox)