Hyperhidrosis Treatment Toronto
Botox® for Excessive Sweating
Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating that is not related to heat or exercise. Excess sweating under the arms (axillae) can be embarrassing. It can also ruin your favorite clothes or force you to wear layers to cover up. For people affected by hyperhidrosis, Botox injections can significantly decrease sweat production, leading to improved confidence, comfort, and quality of life.
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How is Botox Used to Treat Hyperhidrosis?
Injection of Botox into the skin under the arms (axillae) significantly reduces the amount of sweat produced in 80-90% of people treated. When you have hyperhidrosis, the nerves that tell your sweat glands to activate are constantly triggering. Botox injections block those nerves from sending any signals. The activation message that those nerves would typically transmit to your sweat glands never gets delivered. As a result, your sweat glands are able to switch off.
This treatment works for the vast majority of those suffering from hyperhidrosis, presenting an effective, and relatively non-invasive, solution.
Who is a Candidate for Botox Hyperhidrosis Treatment?
You’re likely a good candidate for Botox treatment of your axillary hyperhidrosis if you:
- Experience uncontrolled excess sweating of the underarms (axillae).
- Are not able to mitigate your hyperhidrosis with topical antiperspirants.
For most people, a reduction in sweat production occurs within a few days of treatment. Optimal results are seen at about 2 weeks. Results last anywhere from 4-12 months.
Our Comprehensive Approach to Botox
The first step in treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis is consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologists. Once the diagnosis of axillary hyperhidrosis has been confirmed, treatment options will be discussed. If Botox is determined to be the best treatment option for you, it can often be administered on the day of your initial consultation.
Currently, Botox is only approved for use in the treatment of hyperhidrosis under the arms, known as severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis. However, it is often effective in the treatment of hyperhidrosis of the palms and forehead as well.
The treatment consists of about one dozen superficial injections into each axilla. Once the injections are completed, you’ll be able to resume your normal activities immediately. You will notice decreased sweating within 3-5 days, with peak effect by 2 weeks.
Botox Hyperhidrosis Treatment FAQ
Studies have shown that most patients experience a significant decrease in sweating after Botox treatment.
Consultation with a dermatologist for the evaluation and management of hyperhidrosis is covered by OHIP. Treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis with Botox injections is not covered by OHIP, but it is covered by most private drug insurance plans.
Hyperhidrosis is common. The current estimate of the number of people affected by hyperhidrosis is about 2%-3% of the population.
It takes about 2-4 days for Botox to start working, with optimal results by 2 weeks.
Most patients find Botox injections of the axillae (underarms) to be a quick, tolerable treatment for hyperhidrosis. Application of cold and vibrational distraction help to make the procedure more comfortable.
There are several medical treatments that can reduce excess sweating. A consultation with one of Compass Dermatology’s board-certified dermatologists can determine which treatment is best for you.
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