What is BOTOX?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a purified form of botulinum toxin which is injected in small amounts into the muscle, causing it muscle to relax, and eliminating the dynamic wrinkle, line or furrow. Botox® is FDA-approved for moderate to severe wrinkles between the brows and excessive underarm sweating or hyperhidrosis.
Reduced lines and wrinkles are often noticeable in just a few days. After treatment, a patient can still frown and smile, but the expression lines around the eyes and forehead are reduced. The natural facial expression is unaffected.
The effect of Botox® is temporary, often lasting approximately four to six months. Muscle action will then return, and repeated treatments will be recommended.
How does BOTOX treat excess sweating?
BOTOX® injections are also used for the treatment of excess sweating of the palms, soles, and armpits. Excessive sweating can be eased with injections of a highly diluted form of botulinum toxin directly into the underarm skin or the skin on the palms and soles of the hand or foot. Injections can be repeated regularly once or twice a year to maintain dryness.
What are the side effects?
The most common side effect of BOTOX® treatment is a temporary bruising at the injection site, which fades within a couple of days. In rare cases, patients may develop temporary weakness of the neighboring muscles, a temporary droopy brow or eyelid, or a headache.