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What is Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating is a condition that affects millions of people around the world. Uncontrolled sweating can occur in various parts of the body including the face, hands, feet or underarms (axilla). Although high temperatures or stress can increase perspiration, they don’t cause hyperhidrosis. Instead, hyperhidrosis may be an inherited trait that stops the body from properly regulating its temperature or it may be a symptom of other conditions including anxiety disorders, thyroid malfunction, nerve damage and menopause. Hyperhidrosis can also occur as a side effect of a medication. Until now, excessive sweating has been difficult to control. Health Canada has approved the use of Botox ® for the long lasting treatment of this disorder that affects such a large part of the population.

How does BOTOX® work?

BOTOX® is a highly purified naturally occurring protein derived from the Clostriduim Botulinum bacteria. Unlike topical treatments, BOTOX® targets sweating at its source. With several tiny injections the BOTOX ® is delivered into the specific glands responsible for sweating. BOTOX® blocks the release of a chemical that signals the perspiration response. Clients treated with BOTOX® notice a remarkable improvement in their symptoms. In clinical studies, 95% of patients with hyperhidrosis that was severe enough to interfere with their daily lives experienced the benefits of BOTOX® after just 1 week, with sweating reduced by an average of 83%.

How long will it work?

After the BOTOX® treatment, the average duration of effect is 7.5 months with 38.6% of clients achieving duration of effect for more than 1 year. The amount of time BOTOX® remains effective may vary. When your symptoms begin to return, phone the Monarch Laser & Wellness Centre at 905-388-2400 to schedule another appointment.

Is this treatment safe?

BOTOX® has been used successfully to treat a range of medical conditions for more than 20 years. Side effects, if they occur, are temporary. The most common side effects with BOTOX® for axillary hyperhidrosis were a perceived increase in sweating in areas other than the underarms (4.5% of patients), pain at the injection site (1.7%), pain (1.4%), or hot flashes (1%).

What is treatment like?

The needle used to deliver the BOTOX® is very fine and many patients are pleased by the minimal discomfort of the treatment. We advise our female patients to bring a sleeveless t-shirt or tank top for their injections to provide additional privacy. Normal activities may be resumed immediately following the procedure.

What is expected after the treatment?

After BOTOX® treatment it is not uncommon to experience some minor discomfort, swelling, redness or bruising at the injection site. Tylenol or ice packs may be used to reduce swelling and relieve discomfort. ASA (Aspirin) should be avoided to reduce bruising in the treated area.

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