Botox® for Excessive Sweating
Therapeutic Treatment for Embarrassing Sweat Issues
Axillary Hyperhidrosis or Excessive Sweating of the Underarms affects about 1 in 50 people. People who do not suffer from excessive sweating don’t realize the impact that it has on someone’s life. Axillary Hyperhidrosis can interfere with work, school, sports, and your social life.
More than that, it affects self esteem, and impacts your life year-round. Many suffer quietly. This embarrassing affliction often goes untreated, and many sufferers don’t talk about it with even their closest friends, relatives, or their physician for fear of being judged as dirty or unclean. Sweating also affects wardrobe choices and has a financial burden, as patients keep replacing clothes because of underarm stains.
Does Your Body Betray You?
Take the sweat test to find out if you are in control of your body or if your body controls you!
- Do you think about sweating daily?
- Does sweating impact the clothing choices you make?
- Do you ever carry deodorant around with you?
- Do you tend to sweat when you are embarrassed or nervous?
- Are you concerned about people noticing your sweat marks?
- Do you avoid silk and light-coloured clothing because of the possibility of sweating?
- Do you avoid physical contact with people due to fear of sweating?
- Does sweating interfere with your daily activities?
If you answered yes to 3 or more questions, you may have hyperhidrosis. Contact us for a consultation with Dr. Tosoni.
Botox® Works – Don’t Sweat It!
Botox® injections are an effective and safe way to treat excessive sweating. Antiperspirants often aren’t enough, while medications often have strong side effects and surgery can leave visible scars.
In 2001, Health Canada approved Botox® as the only prescribed medication to treat excessive sweating. Minor side effects include minimal discomfort from the actual injections, swelling, redness, and some bruising.
Excessive sweating is caused by overactive sweat glands, something completely out of conscious control. The active ingredient in Botox® blocks the signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. Without this signal, the sweat gland does not produce sweat.
This is a safe procedure; sweat is simply no longer produced in the treated area, not blocked entirely or redirected. There is also no danger of the patient being unable to regulate their body temperature as the body will release heat and sweat from the rest of the body.
Usually, patients will start to see a difference in their sweat production 2 – 3 days following their Botox® treatment, with the full effect being noticeable after 2 weeks. Please note that results are temporary, and usually last around 7.5 months although.
Treatment must be repeated to maintain the results. Most patients with a private medical plan will usually come back every 6 months and report a 70% to 80% reduction in sweating.
Botox® and Body Odor
Although not meant to reduce odor, patients do find that Botox® treatment also reduces this embarrassing problem considerably. Patients receiving Botox® treatment for hyperhidrosis report an extremely high degree of satisfaction and recommend it to their family and friends as they now have a solution to an embarrassing personal issue. It literally changes their lives!
The initial consultation for this medical problem is covered under OHIP. Much of the cost of Botox® treatment is covered by most private medical plans.