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.
How long does a BOTOX® treatment last?
In a clinical study, the median duration of response in BOTOX ®patients was 201 days or 6.7 months. (This means that half the patients had a treatment duration of at least 201 days or 6.7 months.) BOTOX ® injections are not a cure—your symptoms will gradually return and you will know when the time is right for another treatment.
What are the side effects of BOTOX®?
The most common side effects following injection include injection-site pain and bleeding, non-underarm sweating, infection, sore throat, flu, headache, fever, neck or back pain, itching and anxiety.
What is treatment with BOTOX® like?
The actual treatment takes about 10 to 15 minutes. A small amount of BOTOX® solution is injected into the affected underarm area through a very fine needle. The needle is placed just under the skin, so you may experience some injection-related discomfort.
What happens after treatment?
You should notice a significant reduction in underarm sweating within 4 weeks of your first treatment. Once the treatment becomes effective, you may be able to stop using dress shields and carrying extra changes of clothing, and you can probably use a regular deodorant instead of a prescription antiperspirant.