Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)
Do you often find yourself sweating excessively in your daily routine? Hyperhidrosis, commonly referred to as excessive sweating, is a genuine medical concern faced by numerous individuals on a daily basis. While sweating is a natural and vital process for maintaining body temperature, hyperhidrosis arises when the nerves responsible for controlling sweat glands become hyperactive. This disruption leads to an imbalance in sweat regulation, impacting physical comfort and self-assurance, especially in social interactions where control over excessive sweating might be limited!
Our physician injectors have an extensive background in treating hyperhidrosis using neuromodulators such as Botox®. The neuromodulator Botox® is highly effective at alleviating the symptoms of primary hyperhidrosis and works by temporarily blocking communication between the nerves and sweat glands, leading to reduced sweating levels.
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis can sound complex, but in the most simple words, it means excessive sweating. It can be experienced at any age, and all genders can go through it. The cause could be an overactive sympathetic nervous system, while other reasons can be based on underlying medical conditions or the use of medications.
MD Skin Lab uses neuromodulators such as Botox® to manage hyperhidrosis. Botox® is a type of neuromodulator used for many medical conditions like hyperhidrosis. The neuromodulator prevents the release of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine, which is responsible for stimulating sweat production. This results in less sweat production in the area of the injections.
Who Is It For And Am I A Candidate?
The treatment is best suited for individuals that experience excessive sweating. It can significantly impact one's self-confidence, especially during social interactions or stressful situations. With the use of neuromodulators offered at MD Skin Lab, such as Botox®, an overall improvement will be seen in managing excessive sweat production, thus improving your quality of life.
If antiperspirants do not help reduce excessive sweating in problematic areas, or if you’ve tried several other methods that haven’t worked, the treatment we offer at MD Skin Lab for hyperhidrosis could be the solution you are looking for.
How Do Neuromodulators Like Botox® Work?
Using a minimally invasive technique, neuromodulators work by temporarily blocking communication between the nerves and sweat glands of the treated area. This results in a reduction of excessive levels of sweating.
What Areas Can Be Treated With Botox®?
The different areas that can be treated through the use of Botox® include:
Is Botox® For Hyperhidrosis Safe?
Most definitely! The neuromodulator Botox® is Health Canada and FDA-approved and is a safe treatment for hyperhidrosis. It is essential to have the injection administered by a healthcare professional like the physicians at MD Skin Lab to ensure that the treatment is performed correctly.
What Happens During An Appointment?
Our physicians will greet you and take you to the consultation room to discuss your areas of concern for treatment. An essential factor in moving forward with the process is for our physicians to understand your medical history and consider any medications you're currently using.
To begin treating hyperhidrosis, a medical-grade antiseptic is used to clean the injection site. Topical medical-grade numbing is also applied to the area being treated to make the treatment more comfortable. After that, your physician injector will inject the neuromodulator, Botox®, with a fine needle, into the area of concern. The patient may experience a subtle pinch during the injection, but it would fade quickly.
Our knowledgeable physicians at MD Skin Lab are happy to answer any questions relating to the treatment of hyperhidrosis during your consultation.
How Long Will A Treatment Take?
You are looking at a quick 15-30 minute appointment for reducing excessive sweating under the arms, hands and feet. However, depending on the number of treatment areas, it may be a longer appointment.
What Does The Treatment Feel Like?
The treatment is tolerated quite well by most patients without needing an anesthetic. We offer a numbing agent, which is applied for your treatment in case you are particularly sensitive in the area of treatment. In addition to that, acetaminophen can be taken an hour before your appointment to minimize any further discomfort.
What Is The Downtime After A Hyperhidrosis Treatment?
Patients can resume most of their everyday activities after a hyperhidrosis treatment. Avoid exercise, hot tubs, steam rooms, saunas or hot showers within the first 24 hours for the most effective results. An ice pack can be applied if you encounter any tenderness.
How Many Appointments Will I Need? When Will I See Results?
Results last 3-6 months on average but can vary based on individual factors.
After the neuromodulator has been injected into the treatment area, please allow 1 to 2 weeks to notice a difference in the reduction of sweating. Excess sweating should be reduced for anywhere between 3-6 months but can vary based on each individual's level of hyperhidrosis. Opting for regular maintenance treatment can ensure that your sweating remains controlled.
Will I Experience Any Side Effects?
When neuromodulators are injected into the area of concern by a qualified and experienced physician injector, side effects are infrequent. There may be temporary muscle weakness, particularly if injected in the hands or bruising in the injection site. These are typical side effects and will usually resolve after several days.
Is the Treatment for Hyperhidrosis Covered By OHIP Or Extended Health Insurance?
Private insurance plans may cover the treatment; however, we recommend checking in with your provider before booking a treatment at MD Skin Lab.