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How Botox® is Used to Address Other Issues… and What it Costs

We’ve all heard the term “Botox®” before, but most people tend to think of it as a purely cosmetic treatment. While it’s true Botox® is used for beauty and aesthetics, it’s also an alternative treatment often used to treat excessive sweating.

Excessive sweating, known medically as hyperhidrosis, is more common than you think. Most patients are so self-conscious about it that they keep it secret from their loved ones and even their physicians. It’s a frustrating medical issue that many people think can only be treated by surgery or worse that they have to live with.

The truth of the matter is that Health Canada approved Botox® in 2002 as a prescribed medication for hyperhidrosis. And because it is a recognized medical treatment, most private medical insurances will cover a good portion of the cost of Botox Therapeutic treatments, making it an affordable option.  Botox® treatments allow patients to return to a normal life free of frustrating sweat stains. It’s possible to beat the heat without breaking a sweat!

How does it work?  Botox®  improves hyperhidrosis in the following ways:

  • Temporarily interrupt chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate sweat glands
  • Halt sweat production in treated areas
  • Normal moisture production continues in the rest of the body

BOTOX injections for hyperhidrosis are recommended after other topical or clinical methods of sweat reduction fail and any medical underlying conditions has been ruled out. Results from Botox therapeutic treatment usually last for about six months after which the treatment needs to be redone. The process is easy and effective, with patients able to return to their regular activities immediately after the injections.

If you think Botox® is right for you, contact Dr. Tosoni at our Ottawa cosmetic clinic to set up an appointment and discuss your treatment options, including costs and what you can expect.

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