Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)
Our provider only uses the Botox brand as they have found it lasts longer in our clinical setting compared to other brands
What are Hyperhidrosis Injections?
Botox(c) injections are used for treating hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) on the body, typically the armpits, feet, hand, or back. The Botox(c) works to block the action of the nerves which activate the sweat glands thus reducing the amount of sweating. Typically, patients will have treatment once a year, some find they experience more sweating in the summer months, while for other patients it may be the winter months while wearing more clothing.
What is involved in Hyperhidrosis Injections?
The area being treated is numbed with a topical anesthetic 40 minutes prior to the treatment to make it a more comfortable procedure. Icepacks or in some instances local anesthetic is sometimes also used. Our provider injects the Botox(c) in a grid-like pattern at 1cm intervals across the area being treated. A typical session lasts 20 to 40 minutes. Our provider will tend to treat both armpits or both feet or both hands, or the back as part of a session.
What are the risks or potential side effects of Hyperhidrosis Injections?
There may be some level of discomfort after the procedure including pain, burning, stinging, swelling, or bruising. In some cases, headaches and muscle weakness may occur.
Botox(c) injections should not be used in pregnancy or when breastfeeding. There are also certain neurological conditions where the procedure should be avoided such as Motor Neuron Disease, and Myasthenia Gravis. Caution is advised when taking certain medications such as aminoglycoside antibiotics, Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, blood thinning agents such as warfarin or aspirin, as they can alter the effect of Botox(c) and cause bruising.
Is there any preparation needed before having Hyperhidrosis Injections?
All patients interested in treatment need to have an initial consultation with our provider. They will assess your suitability for treatment and other components to the treatment plan for managing excessive sweating. There are certain medications you should stop taking before receiving Botox(c) injections such as the ones mentioned above. Our provider will be able to advise you on any other precautions you may require during your consultation prior to treatment. Depending on the area being treated, we would recommend wearing loose, comfortable clothing and footwear.
What aftercare is required for Hyperhidrosis Injections?
Patients should avoid exercise and alcohol for 24 hours. They should avoid sun exposure, exposure to UV light, freezing temperatures, and saunas for 2 weeks after treatment. Patients can return to work after the treatment. Where patients have had the soles of their feet treated, they should have planned to be chaperoned from the clinic as it will be uncomfortable for them to walk.