Botox® was approved by Health Canada for the treatment of axillary (armpit) hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) in 2001. As an alternative to topical antiperspirants, Botox® is highly effective. Approximately 3% of the population have hyperhidrosis which means that these individuals sweat more than necessary to maintain a normal healthy body temperature. Botox® is covered by many private insurance plans, so patients only have to pay an injection fee.
Everyone sweats, it’s a part of life. In fact, sweating is a healthy way to maintain our normal body temperature but it’s not always something that humans like to do! Sweating is good after a workout, so we can feel the burn, but if you find yourself soaking your office clothes and needing to change while at work, or not being able to withdraw your hand for a business meet and greet without having a wet handshake, then it could be an issue. It can be embarrassing for many people which is why people often do not talk to their doctor or seek help. Dr. Morrow offers treatment for those who suffer from hyperhidrosis in South Edmonton.
Excessive Sweating and Primary Hyperhidrosis
Little is actually known about what causes primary hyperhidrosis, but it is believed to have a genetic component and run in families. It typically has an onset before age 25 in those affected and areas commonly involved are usually the armpits, palms and soles of the feet. While emotional stress and heat can make the condition worse, they are not though to cause the condition. A key feature is that the focal sweating stops during sleep.
How Does Botox® Work?
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Expect the procedure to take approximately 30 to 40 minutes. Discomfort can be minimized by the use of an optional topical anaesthetic. Botox® is injected in a grid like pattern in your armpits.
What to Expect?
Reduction in the amount of sweating in the treatment area usually starts after about a week. Results typically last 6 to 9 months but may last up to 1 year.
Hyperhidrosis Treatment with Botox®
The good news is that excessive sweating can be treated with Botox® injections. The technical term for excessive sweating is hyperhidrosis (HH). Estimates suggest that nearly one million Canadians may suffer from this condition. It can have a negative impact on quality of life and those affected may need frequent clothing changes and may notice damage to their clothes. Moreover, it can affect relationships and confidence levels of those who suffer from it. You can now get treatment with Botox® in Edmonton for hyperhidrosis and start to take control of the condition, allowing your confidence levels to peak!
Each human being has between 2 and 4 million sweat glands. They are situated on just about every inch of the human body. The body sweats in order to ensure that the human temperature can be maintained at around 37 degrees C. When we get too cold, or hot, human sweat glands are set off, and expel moisture that then cools us down by evaporating. Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) means that the body sweats more than necessary to maintain a good body temperature, and this can be up to 8 times more than your average person.
Sweating in excess can also result in body odor issues. It’s not your fault if you have hyperhidrosis, and excessive sweating that comes with the condition is unavoidable. If you find that the amount you are sweating is negatively impacting your daily life and your confidence, effective treatments are available. Book a consultation with Dr. Morrow in Edmonton to discuss your concerns.