BOTOX® for Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)

When no sweat is a big deal….

Hyperhidrosis (HH) is a chronic disorder of excessive sweating that can affect any body part, including underarms, palms, soles of feet, and face. Far more than a simple inconvenience, this condition can have a profound impact on one's work and social life. Routine social interactions such as holding or shaking hands, or hugging become awkward. Stained or soaked clothing creates a strong sense of embarrassment and humiliation. Hyperhidrosis affects approximately 30% of the population, or some 950,000 Canadians. The most commonly affected areas are:

  • Underarms (axillary hyperhidrosis)
  • Hands (palmar hyperhidrosis)
  • Feet (plantar hyperhidrosis)
  • Face (facial hyperhidrosis)

As it could seriously affect quality of life (a simple handshake or embrace could become anxiety-provoking experiences) , many sufferers seek out treatment so as to minimize its impact on emotional, social and physical well-being. Excessive sweating may damage the skin, promote infection or cause unpleasant odours. Moreover, it could be costly and inconvenient.

Treatment options

There are several ways to treat hyperhidrosis. Topical treatments can be effective for mild cases but not for more serious symptoms. Iontophoresis is a method of treating hyperhidrosis of the hands and feet, and involves passing a low-intensity electric current through water in which the hands and feet are immersed. Surgery is often a last resort for people whose lifestyles are seriously affected by the condition or where more conventional therapies have failed. Botox injections are one effective means of dealing with more severe instances of underarm perspiration. Studies have shown a high rate of success with minimal side effects.

Botox is the only prescription medicine which is approved by Health Canada for the treatment of HH. It is highly effective and safe when used correctly by a specially trained doctor. The procedure is simple as well; a small amount of drug is injected intradermally using a very fine needle.

The BOTOX® neurotoxin treatment works by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands don't receive chemical signals, the excessive sweating stops. The drug only affects the areas where it is injected, sweat gland in other parts of the body, therefore, function regularly.

Treatable areas: Underarms, hands, infra-mammary folds (below breast), feet, forehead, inguine.

The benefits of a single treatment last about seven months.

Afterglow Medical Aesthetics & Skin Care offers Botox treatments as an effective option for many hyperhidrosis cases. Contact us for a free consultation to find out if this treatment can work for you.

Hyperhidrosis treatment is covered by many private and extended medical plans, so be sure to check with your medical plan provider.

Call us to learn more about the hyperhidrosis treatment. Vancouver area residents please call (604) 980-3993 or