Botox® for Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)
Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for severe, excessive sweating. Hyperhidrosis can lead to loss of confidence, embarrassment, low self-esteem, and decreased overall quality of life. Hyperhidrosis is not ‘just your nerves’, it is a true medical condition. Fortunately, there are a number of treatments available in Ottawa for hyperhidrosis.
WHAT IS BOTOX ®?
Botox is a highly effective solution that targets sweating at its source. Botox is a purified protein that when placed into the top layers of the skin, helps prevent sweat from being released. In many cases, the overall amount of sweat is greatly reduced following Botox treatment.
WHAT TREATMENT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR EXCESSIVE SWEATING IN OTTAWA?
Excessive sweating can occur anywhere on the body, but is most common on the underarms, hands, and feet. There are numerous treatment options available for individuals with hyperhidrosis in Ottawa, including potent antiperspirants, oral medications, Botox, iontophoresis, and surgery in the most severe cases. At Concept Medical in Ottawa, we offer Botox for the management of excessive sweating.
WHAT DOES BOTOX® FOR HYPERHIDROSIS INVOLVE?
As with all treatments at Concept Medical, your first visit is a detailed medical consultation with one of our physicians. This consultation allows us to determine whether Botox is an appropriate treatment for your excessive sweating. During a Botox for hyperhidrosis treatment, small droplets of Botox are administered to the areas where your excessive sweating occurs. Many patients do not require any freezing prior to Botox treatment, however a topical numbing cream or local anesthetic may be used to ensure your comfort during the short Botox procedure.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM MY BOTOX® FOR HYPERHIDROSIS TREATMENT?
Hyperhidrosis symptoms are often improved within days to weeks following Botox treatment. However, there are some hyperhidrosis patients whose symptoms will not improve with Botox. Research shows that Botox can decrease the overall sweat load by up to 80%. Botox will not cause you to sweat more in untreated areas. Improvement in excessive sweating may last up to 6 months or more following Botox treatment.
IS BOTOX® SAFE FOR TREATING HYPERHIDROSIS?
Since 2011, Botox has been approved by Health Canada and used safely to treat patients with excessive sweating. Furthermore, Botox has been used for cosmetic applications in Ottawa since 2002. In Ottawa, Concept Medical was one of the first clinics to offer Botox treatment for both cosmetic concerns as well as hyperhidrosis. As with any procedure, discussing the risks and benefits of Botox is important prior to treatment.
CAN ANYONE HAVE TREATMENTS WITH BOTOX®?
If you are considering treatment in Ottawa with Botox for excessive sweating, it is important to have a medical consultation with the treating physician to thoroughly understand your condition. Individuals with certain neurological disorders should not receive Botox. Furthermore, Botox is not administered to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding or those who have previously experienced an adverse reaction to Botox.
IS BOTOX® FOR HYPERHIDROSIS COVERED BY OHIP?
Botox for medical (non-cosmetic) purposes in Ottawa is often covered by private insurance plans. Botox for hyperhidrosis is not covered by OHIP. Please confirm with your private insurance provider prior to treatment to ensure that Botox for hyperhidrosis is covered.