Prevent sweating for months
Excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis is caused by stimulation of the sweat glands when emotionally stressed, physically active, or over-heated: Botulinum Toxin Treatments can prevent sweating for months. It is a safe and effective method for treating focal hyperhidrosis, providing longer-lasting results than topical treatments and without the necessity of invasive surgical procedures.
Common Questions about Hyperhidrosis Treatments with Botulinum Toxin
Excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis is caused by stimulation of the sweat glands by nerve endings which descend from higher centres in the brain. These nerves respond to emotional stresses; like intimate social situations, public speaking, physical stresses and increased body temperature that comes with exercise or hot, humid weather.
Most people with excessive sweating are bothered primarily when they are emotionally stressed, physically active, or over-heated. Botulinum Toxin can prevent sweating for months by blocking the release of the neurotransmitter, i.e., acetylcholine, from the nerve endings that cause the glands to produce sweat.
Botox is injected via a very small needle into the hair-bearing skin of each underarm. Normal activity can be immediately resumed, while heavy exercise should be avoided for several hours.
The needle used is very fine and only a tiny amount of substance is used so pain is extremely minimal. No sedation or local anaesthesia is required.
The procedure takes about 15-30 minutes and you may drive after it.
Underarm sweating will be decreased by 90% within 48 hours and full effect will be seen within one week. There may be simultaneous disappearance of odour associated with decreased sweating, but this is not consistent.
Most patients will obtain the benefit of dryness with one treatment for six to ten months.
Only tiny amounts of Botulinum Toxin are used, so this treatment is not harmful. Most common complications from injection into the axillary skin include tiny bruises which fade in a few days, and small persistent areas of sweating that may need a second treatment.
Botulinum Toxin is charged per unit. The cost for hyperhidrosis is $1100.
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As with any procedure involving needles, there is a small chance of mild bruising or mild transient redness at the area of injection. The procedure takes about 5 minutes and you may drive after it. There are no restrictions on your activity thereafter, although vigorous exercise is not advised for 24 hours after treatment.