A Look at Hyperhidrosis and How Botox Therapeutic Helps Improve This Condition
Although sweating is the body’s natural response to regulate its temperature, some people produce far more than is necessary. Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, can be a major cause for embarrassment, and hinders confidence and quality of life for those living with it.
Thankfully, if you’ve been diagnosed with hyperhidrosis, there is a solution. Better still, it’s non-surgical. Using Botox for sweating conditions such as hyperhidrosis is a quick, effective, and much less invasive alternative to traditional surgical options. And since this is a Health Canada-approved medical treatment, Botox for hyperhidrosis is covered under most private health insurance plans.
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is a treatable medical disorder, characterized by the body producing more sweat than is necessary to regulate body temperature. As you can imagine, sweating through a shirt on a regular basis (no matter the temperature) can be a source of embarrassment and self-consciousness. The smell of sweat, too, can be unpleasant. In severe cases, excessive sweating can lead to a lack of productivity at work and avoidance of social activities.
There are two types of hyperhidrosis: focal and generalized. Focal hyperhidrosis has no known cause; however, over-activity of the central nervous system may contribute to overactive sweat glands.
Focal hyperhidrosis, also known as primary hyperhidrosis, can affect the following body parts:
- Face—facial hyperhidrosis;
- Feet—plantar hyperhidrosis;
- Hands—palmar hyperhidrosis; and,
- Underarms—axillary hyperhidrosis.
General hyperhidrosis (or secondary hyperhidrosis) usually affects the whole body and is caused by an underlying medical condition, such as:
- An endocrine disorder,
- Nerve damage, or,
To effectively treat general hyperhidrosis, the underlying medical condition must be treated.
Botox Treatments for Excessive Sweating
While Botox can be used to treat hyperhidrosis for various parts of the body, it is most widely used for treating excessive underarm sweating, or axillary hyperhidrosis. The way that treatment works is very simple. Essentially, when Botox is injected into the treatment area, it blocks the release of the chemical Acethylcholine, which provides a signal to the sweat glands to start working. Without this chemical, the sweat glands in this specific area are effectively turned off and can no longer produce sweat.
For this quick treatment, small amounts of Botox are injected just under the skin throughout the treatment area. The whole procedure takes no longer than 10-15 minutes and is very comfortable. This procedure requires no downtime whatsoever. Patients will start to notice gradual results in a week or two following the treatment. Although the results are not permanent and vary person to person, clinical studies show that the average duration is up to seven months. Interval treatments are typically done every 6 months to maintain results.
Botox for excessive sweating is an effective and excellent treatment option and It won’t affect the body’s overall thermoregulation. Your underarms only host a small portion of your body’s total sweat glands, so managing excessive sweating in one small area of your body, should not cause excessive sweating elsewhere (compensatory sweating).
If you suffer from axillary hyperhidrosis, consider Botox treatments. This option can significantly improve your quality of life, keeping you dry, comfortable and allowing you to enjoy life to the fullest!
Dr. Caroline Tosoni pursued her Medical Degree at McMaster University and completed her post-graduate medical residency in Family Medicine through the University of Ottawa in 1998. Fluently bilingual in French and English, she opened her medical practice in Ottawa in July of 1998. Since 2000, Dr. Tosoni has focused her medical practice on Cosmetic Dermatology and has received extensive training and obtained multiple certifications in various medical cosmetic enhancement procedures such as Phlebology, Botox® Cosmetic, Dermal Fillers, SoftLift,™ BeautiPhication,™ Belkyra injections, CoolSculpting,™ Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Laser Medicine. Dr. Caroline Tosoni is also proficient in the treatment of Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and Migraine Headaches with Botox® Therapeutic. In 2015, Dr. Tosoni’s practice officially received a Focused Practice in Dermatology designation by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and the Ontario Medical Association.