Hyperhidrosis otherwise known as excessive sweating is a common problem for many people who are unable to obtain relief through using antiperspirants.
Botulinum Toxin such as Botox® has the ability to temporarily block the secretion of the chemical that is responsible for turning on the body's sweat glands.
By blocking this chemical, botulinum toxin turns off sweating at the area where it has been injected.
The injections are very shallow, meaning that the botulinum toxin is injected just below the skins surface.
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Botulinum Toxin, also known as Botox, is a neurotoxin that is produced by the Clostridium Botulinum Bacterium.
As a cosmetic treatment, Botox is commonly known as a reliable and effective way to reduce or remove wrinkles non-surgically.
Botulinum toxin is only licensed for the treatment of excessive sweating of the underarm areas. Some doctors do use it for treating other areas including the hands and feet but this often requires the use of more extensive local anaesthetic to enable the Botox injections to be given comfortably.
There will often be some minor bruising and discomfort where the injections have been given which should settle within a few days. There may be muscle weakness near to where the injections were given which would usually disappear after a few weeks. Some patients experience pins and needles or itching, sweating elsewhere or small nodules under the skin