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About Sweat Reduction for Hyperhidrosis
Excess sweat, more than what is required to regulate body temperature, is a medical condition otherwise known as hyperhidrosis. The excess sweat becomes present without engaging in tasks that require physical movement or muscular effort, and it doesn’t depend on the exposure to heat. Patients most commonly experience hyperhidrosis or excess sweat under the arms, face, neck, back, groin, feet and hands.
People who sweat excessively often soak through their clothing or drip sweat. Regular antiperspirants don’t work well for those with the condition. This condition can be more than a hurdle for some; it can deteriorate your quality of life from a psychological, emotional and social perspective. Luckily, there is an easy solution to this problem, and it requires no surgery or downtime: Botox®.
Sweat Reduction Treatment at Skin Vitality
Botox® has been Health Canada and FDA-approved for people who sweat excessively from their armpits. It may also be used “off-label” to reduce sweating in other areas, such as the hands, feet, and face.
Where can Sweat Reduction be applied?
Hyperhidrosis can be classified as generalized or localized depending on the body part affected. It can also be classified by onset, either congenital (present at birth) or acquired (beginning later in life). Currently, the treatment of Hyperhidrosis through Botox® injections has been approved by Health Canada and the FDA for the underarm area. Medical practitioners have also been using Botox “off-label” to treat other areas of the body susceptible to Hyperhidrosis. Many studies have outlined the effectiveness of this treatment to help those experiencing an excess of sweat.
Primary Hyperhidrosis is categorized by the areas that have the highest number of sweat glands. These areas include the hands, feet, armpits, groin and face. When the excess sweat is in a localized area i.e. palms, soles, face, underarms or scalp, it is referred to as primary hyperhidrosis.
Excessive sweating involving the whole body is termed generalized hyperhidrosis or secondary hyperhidrosis. It is usually the result of another underlying health condition.
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How Does Sweat Reduction work?
Studies have shown that Botox® can successfully treat sweaty palms in 80 – 90% of cases. For underarm sweating, dryness can last anywhere from four to fourteen months. Results may not last as long for the hands and feet, and you may need to repeat your treatment in about six months.
Injections don’t take long and can be completed during a 30 minute visit. Your medical practitioner will inject Botox® just below the surface of the skin using a fine needle. The injections are made to form a grid pattern around your area of concern. Your doctor may give you something to prevent any pain, like ice or a numbing agent.
You can return to work and normal life as soon as you’re done with your Botox® injections. Your doctor may ask you to schedule a follow-up appointment to check in and touch up any missed spots.
You can resume your normal activities immediately after receiving Botox® injections. It will take between two and seven days for you to stop sweating in the treated area. It can take two weeks for total dryness.
FAQ's About Sweat Reduction
Hyperhidrosis is when you have an abnormally high level of sweating that is not caused by heat or exercise. When the temperature rises, you acquire a fever, you exercise, or you’re anxious or nervous, the sweat glands contain perspiration which is brought to the skin’s surface. When the factors are not in place, the nerves that signal sweating, at put on hold. These sweat glands DO NOT turn off for people with hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis has an injection fee of $350 and it cost $4 per unit.
There are two types of hyperhidrosis, Primary focal and Secondary Hyperhidrosis. For primary hyperhidrosis, there are no medical causes, whereas for secondary hyperhidrosis, there are a couple of conditions that may lead to heavy sweating, including diabetes, menopause, thyroid problems, low blood sugar, heart attack, nervous system disorders, or infections.
People with Hyperhidrosis generally experience clammy or wet palms of the hand, underarms, or feet, and noticeable sweating that soaks through clothing. If you are the type of person who is worrying about staining their clothing, reluctant to make physical touch, or are self-conscious about your excessive sweating, then hyperhidrosis might be your problem.
Although no treatment is perfect, there are medications and procedures to help greatly. Botox is a major help for those with hyperhidrosis.
Botox, which is often used to treat cosmetic wrinkles, is also an effective treatment for hyperhidrosis. Botulinum toxin injections block the nerve impulse that cause sweating, preventing the sweat glands from producing excessive amounts of sweat. As the nerves regenerate, a retreatment is usually needed in 4-6 months but over time however, patients will go longer between treatments.
Botox injections in the underarms are typically done using a tiny micro-needle. Depending on the patients pain tolerance, there can be a bit of discomfort but as soon as the Botox is injected you will feel so much better because you won’t have to worry about sweating right through your clothes anymore!
Hyperhidrosis is not something that goes away with age, that is why it is important to treat it while you can! In fact, there have been studies done that prove most people experience excessive sweating to a worse degree when they are older and would rather have Botox a couple times a year instead of sweating that excessively.