BOTOX neurotoxin treatment helps control the symptoms of severe underarm sweating when topical medicines do not work well enough by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands don’t receive chemical signals, the severe sweating stops. BOTOX injections are expected to temporarily stop the production of excessive sweat in the treated areas only. Sweat continues to be produced elsewhere.
Where does the sweat go?
Your sweat doesn’t go anywhere or get backed up because the sweat simply is not produced in the areas treated with BOTOX. Remember, the rest of your body is free to produce moisture normally.
BOTOX treatment is proven. In a clinical study involving 322 patients with severe underarm sweating:
- Half of the patients had a treatment duration of at least 201 days or 6.7 months.
- 57 out of 104 BOTOX treated patients (55%) achieved an effective response—compared to only 6 out of 108 treated without BOTOX (6%). Patients were defined as “responders” if they showed improvement greater than or equal to 2 grades on the HDSS from the start of the study to 4 weeks after their first 2 treatment sessions, or if they had a sustained response after treatment 1 and did not receive re-treatment during the study.
- 84 out of 104 BOTOX treated patients (81%) achieved a greater than 50% reduction in sweating—compared to only 44 out of 108 treated without BOTOX (41%).
* Results were based on patients’ responses to a questionnaire (The Hyperhidrosis Disease Severity Scale ) that assessed the extent to which underarm sweating affected their daily activities)
BOTOX neurotoxin treatment is not a cure; your symptoms will return gradually, and you will know when the time is right for another treatment. Your healthcare provider will recommend a treatment strategy to ensure that you receive the best possible results with BOTOX treatment.