Do you suffer from uncomfortable, excessive sweating in your underarms, feet, or hands? Have you heard of Botox for hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis can impact work productivity, confidence, social comfort, and even emotional well being. Studies show that those who suffer from hyperhidrosis have the same negative impacts on their quality of life as those who suffer from more well-known dermatological conditions, such as severe acne or psoriasis.
About 950,000 Canadians suffer from Hyperhidrosis, and 300,000 of which have a severe form of the disorder. But because of the lack of awareness around the topic, many don’t even know that they do!
Today we’re sharing a little bit more information on Hyperhidrosis and how Botox might be the right solution to your problems!
What is Hyperhidrosis
There are two types of hyperhidrosis.
Focal (primary) hyperhidrosis has an unknown cause and is localized to one or more areas.
Although the cause is unknown, it does show patterns of being related to over-activity of the central nervous system thereby causing overactive stimulation of local sweat glands.
Generalized hyperhidrosis, or secondary hyperhidrosis, is caused by an underlying condition such as endocrine disorders, menopause, obesity. etc. This type is usually also not localized and can be treated by addressing the underlying condition.
How to Treat Hyperhidrosis
There are several ways to treat hyperhidrosis, many of which are covered by your medical plan. However, even with good medical plans, sometimes these treatments can still be expensive.
- Topical treatments
Of the available options, Botox is actually the most affordable yet effective solution. It’s a safe and simple way to effectively decrease sweating for 6 months or more.
How Does Botox for Hyperhidrosis Work?
Botox (or Botoxulinum Toxin A) is a great option to help with treating hyperhidrosis in the underarms. It is also a viable option for plantar hyperhidrosis (in the feet and hands) however, it is the most effective for the underarms.
Botox is a natural, purified protein that has the ability to temporarily block the secretion of the chemical that is responsible for “turning on” the body’s sweat glands. By doing so, Botox can help “turn off” sweating at the area where it has been injected.
Results typically start becoming noticeable approximately 2-4 days after the injection. But full effects usually take 2 weeks to happen. Dryness will last 4 to 12 months depending on the person.
Am I a Good Candidate for Botox hyperhidrosis treatment?
If topical therapies and other antiperspirant options don’t show any success for treating your hyperhidrosis, then it’s time to book a free consultation with us to discuss if Botox is a good option for you! Always chat with a doctor before you book a treatment to make sure you’re a good candidate. Things like thyroid disease and certain medications might cause complications so it’s a good idea to have a consultation first.