My sweating is interfering with my everyday life. Why do I sweat excessively?
You may be suffering from hyperhidrosis. In most cases, hyperhidrosis is caused by overactive sweat glands and is treatable with Botox®. If your sweating is caused by other health factors, a visit to your doctor is recommended.
How does Botox work to stop excessive sweating?
Botox® is a natural, purified protein with the ability to temporarily block the secretion of the chemical that is responsible for activating the body’s sweat glands. By blocking this chemical messenger, Botox® reduces sweating at the area where it has been injected. It may injected into the following areas: armpits, hands, feet, head, and face. It has been shown to decrease excessive sweating in the underarms by 82-87%, making it one of the most effective treatment options available for hyperhidrosis.
What is the treatment like?
All Botox® treatments are performed by our qualified and experienced nurse injectors.
If treating the underarms, your treatment will begin with a starch-iodine test to determine where your sweat glands are concentrated. During the procedure, a very fine needle is used to inject tiny amounts of Botox just under the skin intermittently throughout the area of excessive sweating. The treatment takes approximately 20 minutes and there is no downtime.
How long does Botox® work to stop excessive sweating?
Results begin to be noticeable 2-4 days after the treatment, with full effects occurring within two weeks. Results generally last 6-12 months, or longer in some individuals, before symptoms gradually return. Since Botox® is not a cure for hyperhidrosis, it is recommended that the treatment be repeated as necessary, generally every 7-16 months.
Is Botox® for hyperhidrosis covered by OHIP?
Although not covered by OHIP, Botox® for hyperhidrosis is often covered by third-party health insurance. If your insurance does not cover the treatment you may be eligible for the treatment though Allergan’s Botox® Access Program. Please contact us for more details.