Hyperhidrosis: Botox stops the sweat!
Sweating is a normal bodily process, and an important one. It helps the body maintain a proper temperature balance, and if you replenish the lost fluids and electrolytes that sweat contains, there is no problem. But for about 3% of individuals who suffer with excessive sweating, or Hyperhidrosis, it can be a very frustrating an embarrassing problem.
Especially in the summer, when it is hot and humid, individuals who suffer with excessive underarm sweating can feel anxious, as they struggle to hide the problem – changing clothes and buying expensive anti-perspirants. Their clothes get ruined, and the sweating can cause them to avoid important social events. Hyperhidrosis, when not caused by an underlying medical condition (a thorough check-up by a doctor is needed to exclude this possibility) is simply excessive sweat caused by the glands in the armpits.
Hyperhidrosis can cause Anxiety and Depression
Often patients complain that their condition is not taken seriously. Even their GP might dismiss it as just a cosmetic issue. But for sufferers it can distort their lives. It can lead to anxiety at work and in social situations. It can lead to chronic levels of stress and depressive symptoms that should be taken seriously. Many patients we treat at our Toronto Clinic, call or email us a week or two after their Botox treatment and tell us how excited they are. That for the first time in years they are not dwelling on their sweating at work, and that they are now relaxed in social settings.
Fortunately, there is a medical treatment that works extremely well, Botox. Yes, the same Botox that an erase or prevent wrinkles when used cosmetically, reduces or completely stops sweating in the underarms. It does this by acting directly on the sweat glands, preventing them from producing sweat at its source.
Botox and Hyperhidrosis
It’s a very simple procedure. Your doctor cleans the underarms with alcohol, and then injects a small amount into the surface part of the skin, where it soaks down into the glands and works its magic. Typically, 12-15 injections are done. Sound painful? It’s not! The needles are super small, 30-gauge, the same type used by diabetics. Most patients hardly feel a thing. At our Clinic, many patients can’t even guess how many injections of Botox they were given to treat their hyperhidrosis. They might only slightly feel 4-6 when in fact 12 were given.
How long does it Take for Botox to stop my Hyperhidrosis?
Typically, about 5-6 days after the injections, you will notice a bit more dryness, and the next day, boom! You’re dry! About 90% of our patients tell us they are completely dry. It typically last 8-12 months, sometimes much longer. It depends on the individual.
Are there any risk to treating Hyperhidrosis with Botox?
It is a very safe procedure with virtually no side effects. Remember Botox has been used for many years in a variety of medical conditions. In fact, Allergan, the makers of Botox, earn more from its medical use than its cosmetic use. This is because for medical conditions far more Botox is used than for cosmetic ones. For example, the average does for hyperhidrosis is 200 units, for crow’s feet about 30. Any for many muscular disorders 1000 or more units might be used every 2 months.
Is it expensive?
The good news is that Botox for hyperhidrosis is usually covered by your Group insurance plan. Coverage varies so it is a good idea to check with them before treatment. Patients are provided with all the paper work they need by our Clinic.
How long do I need to take Botox for my Hyperhidrosis?
At this time, it must be used whenever you start to sweat again. Usually 8 months or longer. There is not permanent cure for hyperhidrosis that does not involve surgery. If a patient is not getting at least 6 months with Botox to control their hyperhidrosis, or if they request it, we can suggest a surgeon who does do a clamping procedure to reduce the sweating. But most patients find that if Botox control their Hyperhidrosis for 8 or more months they prefer to stay with this simple and effective treatment.
Will I ever get tolerant to the Botox?
We have treated patients for almost 20 years, and tolerance has not developed, in general the same amount is used, but in many cases over time the periods between treatments seems to become longer. Possibly the glands atrophy or become acclimatized to the Botox and down-regulate. It is very rare for the hyperhidrosis to get worse as you get older.
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