What is Botox®and how does it work?
Botox® neurotoxin is a purified protein that helps control sweating by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands, thereby preventing sweat from being produced in the treatment area.
After the Botox® injections have been administered, sweating is usually controlled for 6 to 8 months. On average, repeat treatments are required every 6 months as the effects begin to diminish.
What areas can be treated by Botox®?
Botox® injections work well for nearly all cases of underarm sweating. Most people achieve a 90% reduction in sweating.
We have seen that Botox® injections are very effective at treating palmar sweating. As the hands are sensitive, we use a freezing technique to minimize discomfort.
Botox® injections work very well for sweating of the frontal scalp and upper forehead. Only a few injections are needed to control sweating in this area.
Many individuals are highly satisfied with treatment of the feet, however, the results are not as consistent as has been observed with the hands.
Other treatment areas
We have had success treating excessive sweating in the groin, chest and lower back.
Does it hurt?
Our trained physicians ensure that there is minimal to no pain during the injections, although you may experience some injection related discomfort.
How long does the treatment take?
The length of treatment depends on the area being treated. On average, the treatments are completed in 10 to 20 minutes
How long does it take to reduce sweating?
The reduction in sweating begins to take effect in the first few days, but it may take up to 1 week to reach full effectiveness.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects, if they occur, are temporary. These commonly include minor bruising and swelling at the injection site. We have also observed that there can be temporary weakening of the fine muscles of the hands in some individuals who have had injections in the palms. Other reported side effects include dry mouth, tiredness, headache, neck pain, and dry eyes.
Is this treatment for everyone?
There are very few restrictions regarding Botox® treatments for Hyperhidrosis. Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding, have a known neurological disorder (i.e. Myasthenia Gravis or Eaton Lambert Syndrome), allergy to the ingredients in the botulinum toxin formulation, specifically albumin, should not be treated.
Is Botox® treatment covered by OHIP?
Only the initial assessment fee is covered by OHIP.
Will Botox® treatment be covered by my private drug plan?
An injection fee is charged to the patient for performing the procedure. However, the cost of the medication is covered by most private drug plans.