Does excessive perspiration in particular areas of your body cause you to feel uncomfortable or even self-conscious at times? Don’t worry, you’re not alone – an estimated 950,000 Canadians experience excessive sweating, which is a chronic disorder medically referred to as hyperhidrosis. The good news is, this common condition can often be treated with a high rate of success using BOTOX®!
Once administered, BOTOX® works to temporarily block chemical nerve signals that stimulate sweat glands, effectively stopping the production of perspiration in the targeted treatment area. The most common areas treated for hyperhidrosis include the underarms, hands, and feet, though BOTOX® injections can also be used to prevent hyperhidrosis in several other regions.
To learn more about BOTOX® for hyperhidrosis, we invite you to take a look at the frequently asked questions provided below. If you wish to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors to find out if this treatment is right for your needs, please call us today at (604) 980-3993 or request a consultation.
When is sweating considered excessive?
Sweating may be considered excessive if you answer “yes” to one or more of the following questions:
- Have you tried deodorants and topical sweat reduction treatments to no avail?
- Does sweating interfere with your work, everyday activities, and/or social life?
- Are you self-conscious about shaking hands due to having sweaty palms?
- Are you embarrassed of visible sweat stains on your clothing?
- Do you consistently have to change articles of clothing, such as shirts and socks, throughout the day?
- Do you sweat even while inactive?
- What areas of the body can be treated?
The most commonly treated areas for hyperhidrosis include:
- Inframammary folds
What is treatment like?
During treatment, the BOTOX® solution will be injected intradermally using a very fine needle. If desired, a numbing agent can be applied to the targeted areas to help alleviate any potential discomfort. Depending on the number of areas you wish to address, the entire procedure can typically be completed in about 30 minutes or less.
Is it safe?
BOTOX® is the only prescription medication approved by Health Canada to treat excessive sweating. When administered correctly by a highly trained physician, BOTOX® affects only the area in which it is injected, and the treatment is considered both safe and effective.
Does it hurt?
Prior to the procedure, a local anesthetic can be applied to targeted areas to help reduce any potential discomfort experienced during treatment.
Is there any recovery or downtime?
Some swelling and/or redness may appear in the treatment area(s), but this should resolve relatively quickly. The majority of patients are able to resume their normal daily routines immediately following treatment.
How long do results last?
A single treatment of BOTOX® generally resolves excessive sweating for about seven months. Follow-up treatments may be necessary to maintain optimal long-term results.
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