Reducing Excessive Sweating with Botox Dysport
Sweating is a normal phenomenon. In fact, it is essential. Human beings need to sweat in order to regulate their body temperature. But some people tend to sweat more than required for normal thermoregulation. This problem is known as Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
Although there is no permanent solution for it, aesthetic researchers have found botulinum toxin injections to be a great solution to this problem for temporary periods. The botulinum toxin injections need to be injected in many areas in the underarms and they temporarily block a chemical in the body that stimulates the sweat glands. When performed properly, patients experience no pain or discomfort.
At Global Aesthetics, we have a team of skilled LCP Certified medical aesthetic specialists and doctors led by Assoc Prof Dr. Morthy, a renowned LCP Certified Aesthetic Physician and Trainer who is an expert in the field of Aesthetic Medicine. With our insignia of “For All Your Aesthetic Needs” at Global Aesthetic we aim to deliver safe, effective, and affordable procedures.
In today’s article, we will talk about Hyperhidrosis and how Botox / Dysport Injections Work for the excessive sweating treatment
What is hyperhidrosis?
Sweat is the body's internal temperature regulator. For some people, however, the body produces much more perspiration than required for thermoregulation. This condition is known as hyperhidrosis. In some cases, the problematic excessive sweating is limited to one area of the body, such as the underarms or feet, a condition called focal hyperhidrosis. Other cases are more generalized, with sweating over large areas of the human body. The most common areas affected by hyperhidrosis are the scalp, underarms, hands, feet, and groin area. Excessive sweating can significantly affect a person’s life. It can be embarrassing and socially isolating, and many people find the condition quite upsetting.
What type of injection works for hyperhidrosis?
Botox is a protein made from Botulinum toxin, which the bacterium Clostridium botulinum present in many natural settings, including soil, lakes, forests, and the intestinal tracts of mammals and fish produce. Botox is a toxin, but when doctors use it correctly and in small doses, it can have various benefits. It has both cosmetic and medical uses.
Botox tends to work by blocking the nerves that are responsible for activating the sweat glands. Normally, the nervous system of the human body tends to activate the sweat glands when the body temperature rises. This is the way the human body automatically cools itself. However, in people with hyperhidrosis, the nerves that signal the sweat glands are overactive. When one receives Botox injections directly into the area of the body that sweats majorly, the overactive nerves are essentially paralyzed. As a result, when the nerves cannot signal the sweat glands, we do not sweat. However, Botox only prevents sweating in the specific area where it is injected and last anywhere from four to fourteen months depending on the patient`s medical conditions.
How is it performed?
Administration of Botulinum toxin injections for excessive sweating treatment should be performed by a trained doctor with a sound understanding of human anatomy. The target area is the overactive nerves responsible for hyperhidrosis. A topical anaesthetic, ice, or local anaesthetic is applied to reduce any potential discomfort. An ink ‘tattoo grid’ can be used to mark the area of treatment that would be helpful to guide the delivery of injections; this is removed with an alcohol-soaked swab after the completion of the whole medical procedure. During the procedure, a very fine needle is used to inject tiny amounts of Botox just under the skin intermittently throughout the area of excessive sweating. Multiple injections are given based on the doctor's assessment of the area that needs to be treated.
Botox is a neurotoxin. These substances target the nervous system, disrupting the nerve signaling processes that stimulate muscle contraction. This is how the drug causes temporary muscle paralysis. In order for any muscle to contract, the nerves tend to release a chemical messenger called acetylcholine at the junction where nerve endings meet muscle cells. Acetylcholine attaches to receptors on the muscle cells and causes the cells to contract, or shorten. Botox injections prevent the release of acetylcholine, which stops the muscle cells from contracting. In this way, the toxin helps the muscles to become stiffer.
Advantages of using Botox for excessive sweat reduction
Botox tends to offer certain advantages over laser treatments for excessive sweat reduction that make it a great option for most patients.
Shorter procedure time
As there is no need for lengthy preparation with various medications, non-surgical treatment for hyperhidrosis using Botox is generally done in well under an hour within 15 to 30 minutes. Other treatments can take an hour or longer. Most patients need no downtime after Botox injections.
Shorter recovery time
Non-surgical treatment for hyperhidrosis using Botox is time effective. One does not need to worry about all the planning. You can be back to work in no time as the aftercare required in a non-surgical operation is minimal and generally would not require specialized medication.
Less pain involved
One of the best things about non-surgical treatment for hyperhidrosis using Botox is that there is only a minimum amount of discomfort throughout the treatment. The patients tend to receive around 10 to 15 very short, fine needle injections. A topical anaesthetic, ice, or local anaesthetic is provided to reduce any potential discomfort prior to injections.
Fewer risks involved
Botox does not destroy the internal sweat glands. At times, incorrect laser treatments physically destroy sweat glands. Botox only stops the nerve signals, so there is no permanent damage to any tissues. Discomfort is relatively short-lived and can often be handled with over-the-counter medicines.
What are the precautions you need to take?
No blood thinners
Avoid taking any blood thinners right after the procedure. It is best to consult the doctor to see when one can start taking these types of medications again.
In addition to working out, avoid any strenuous activity that can cause harm. The patient should give themself a 24-hour window before resuming any strenuous activity regimens.
In addition to massaging the treated area, one should avoid touching the area for at least six hours after the treatment.
Avoid excessive heat exposure
Until the redness and swelling have disappeared, avoid any sunbathing or heat lamp procedures.
Why is it important to choose the right doctor?
Choosing the right doctor is crucial because injecting Botox can be dangerous if administered incorrectly. Your doctor should-
Be aware of the principles of procedure
Your aesthetic practitioner must know the principles of injecting Botox, along with the proper dosage required for safe and effective results.
Have knowledge about the patient and procedure
A good practitioner must discuss the following steps with you before administering the procedure-
How will the procedure work?
What are the complications that may arise and how can the doctor avoid them?
What can you expect after undergoing the procedure?
What are the precautions you need to take after the procedure?
Be aware and keep you informed of the probable risks
Chemical peels have certain risks that may arise if administered incorrectly. Complications include chemical burns which can be so intense to a point it may cause discoloration of the skin, scarring, or infection. The aesthetic practitioner should keep you informed.
Able to avoid and manage the risks if needed
Your aesthetic practitioner should have proper knowledge about the procedure and should be trained thoroughly from a certified institution and know how to avoid any complications and also be aware of the steps that need to be taken to resolve the complications that may arise.
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