Don’t Sweat It: Effective Treatment for Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Normally, sweating helps to cool the human body. However, those who suffer from hyperhidrosis experience excessive sweating—far more than necessary to perform the cooling function.
Overactive sweat glands in the hands, feet, and armpits are often a source of embarrassment and anxiety, and can interfere with daily activities.
Remember though, you aren’t alone. Hyperhidrosis affects almost 3% of the population (more than 220 million people), and there are effective treatments available.
Am I a Good Candidate for Botox Treatment?
If you have already been diagnosed with hyperhidrosis, speaking with a qualified doctor will help to determine if Botox is the right treatment for you.
If you have not yet been diagnosed, a physician will be able to determine whether you suffer from hyperhidrosis. He or she will most likely use the Hyperhidrosis Disease Severity Scale as well as a physical exam and medical history.
How Will Botox Help Me to Stop Sweating?
Botox used in the treatment of excessive sweating is a preparation of botulinum toxin A (Botox Therapeutic™). When small doses are injected into the skin, the treatment blocks the nerves that supply the eccrine glands, preventing them from producing sweat.
When used to treat underarms, Botox has been shown to result in an 82-87% decrease in sweating.
Botox For Sweating – What to Expect
During your appointment, a very fine needle will be used to inject the Botox in a grid pattern over the desired area of treatment. Local anesthetic may be used to minimize discomfort, and an experienced physician will be able to perform the focal injection procedure in under half an hour.
The consult and procedure can often be done on the same day as long as the patient can show their 3rd party insurance card.
Results for Sweaty Armpits, Sweaty Hands, and Sweaty Feet
CosMedics physicians are able to treat hyperhidrosis in the underarms, hands, and feet. The treatment often reduces body odor as well as excessive sweating, since it is frequently the sweat that is causing the odor.
You will see results approximately 2 to 4 days after treatment, and full effects within 2 weeks.
Will Treatment Help me to Stop Sweating While Sleeping?
Yes. Treatment with Botox Therapeutic™ prevents the sweat glands from functioning, meaning you will not sweat at all while the treatment is in effect—either at night or during stressful daytime situations.
How Effective is Botox Treatment for Hyperhidrosis?
Botox is clinically proven to reduce excessive sweating in the armpits by up to 87%, and in the hands by up to 90%. It is known to be less effective in feet, and it is important to consult an experienced physician to determine the appropriate treatment.
The treatment of hyperhidrosis with Botox provides temporary relief, and the procedure must be repeated periodically to maintain results.
Depending on each individual’s unique symptoms, treatments are generally effective over the following timescales (although repeat procedures can prolong the effects):
- Axillary (Underarm) Hyperhidrosis: Around 4-6 months but up to 1 year
- Palmer Hyperhidrosis (Hands): Around 6 months
- Plantar Hyperhidrosis (Feet): Around 3-6 months
Is Botox A Safe Way to Sweat Less?
Botox treatment for hyperhidrosis is a medical procedure fully approved by Health Canada. It has been clinically tested, and is normally covered by all 3rd party insurance companies including Blue Cross and Manulife.
Side-effects are usually minor, but may include soreness, bruising, or mild weakness at the site of injection. It is important to consult an experienced physician to make sure your procedure is administered as effectively and safely as possible.
Other treatments for hyperhidrosis include topical medications, antiperspirants, prescription drugs, and surgery. You can see a list of the treatment options available from CosMedics here.
Some treatments are more effective or have more adverse side effects than others, so it is important to consult a physician to determine which option may be best for your unique needs.
Say Goodbye to Excessive Sweating
Hyperhidrosis patients often report its negative impacts on their quality of life. By diagnosis and treating this disorder, you can take back control, stop worrying about the effects of excessive sweating, and focus on what matters most to you.
We’re here to help with that journey. If you are ready to learn more about Botox Therapeutic™ for the treatment of hyperhidrosis, contact the CosMedics office for more information or to book a consultation with an experienced physician.