excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
Botox® has been used for several years with an almost 100% success rate for treating excessive armpit sweating, also known as Hyperhidrosis.
- Excessive sweating, or Hyperhidrosis, is defined as sweating in excess of the normal needs of the body.
- Botox Therapy is a highly effective, safe treatment for localized excessive sweating, with an almost 100% success rate
Botox for sweating FAQ's
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is a condition that is characterised by sweating or perspiration in excess of the normal needs of the body. This can be socially crippling, embarrassing, restrict clothing choice and destroy clothes.
Primary Hyperhidrosis is not due to any particular underlying reason, and can be seen as excessive sweating in the palms, feet, underarms, face and/or scalp. There is often a family history of excessive sweating. Sweating usually affects both sides, and is less at night than during the day. Most people with excessive sweating have Primary Hyperhidrosis.
Secondary Hyperhidrosis is a result of an underlying medical condition such as infection, endocrine disorders, metabolic disorders, cancers, neurological conditions, spinal cord injuries, cardiovascular disorders, respiratory disorders, anxiety and stress. The treatment of Secondary Hyperhidrosis requires treatment of the underlying problem or cause, although sometimes Botox can be helpful in treating the symptoms.
Primary Hyperhidrosis is thought to affect around 3-10% of the population, ranging in age from teenagers to 50+. Effective treatment of hyperhidrosis can be life-changing for those affected.
What treatments are available to help with Hyperhidrosis?
Botox® – reduces localized excessive sweating by an average of 83%, bringing your problem sweating back to normal. This simple 20 minute procedure is well tolerated and has no downtime. Results last on average about 6-12 months and can often last longer with repeated treatments - most people plan for treatment about once a year. We presently have a >99% success rate in reducing localized excessive sweating with BOTOX® treatments.
- Surgery – removing or destroying the sweat glands with surgery can give longer lasting results. Side effects can include scarring, infection, inadequate removal of sweat glands, and increased sweating from other areas. We do not perform this surgery.
- Chemical Sympathectomy – a chemical is injected into some of the nerves at the side of the spinal cord which control sweating. This stops all sweating from your shoulder tip to your rib cage (upper sympathectomy) and/or from your knees down (lower sympathectomy). Side effects can include lung puncture, permanent nerve damage, death and increased sweating from other areas of your body such as a scalp and trunk (worse than with other treatments as a larger area is prevented from sweating). We do not perform this treatment.
Where else can I use Botox?
Botox® treatments are also used to treat medical conditions such as:
- Bell’s palsy
- Facial spasms
Wrinkle relaxers can be used cosmetically for gummy smiles, forehead lines, frown lines and more advanced techniques such as lifting the brow and mouth corners by 'rebalancing' facial muscles, or slimming the jawline by relaxing masseter muscles.
To find out if this treatment is right for you, book a consultation now with one of our Nurses or Doctors on 0800 COSMED.
Disclaimer - Important information from Allergan Pharmaceuticals.
"Botox® is a prescription medicine containing 100 units of clostridium botulinum Type A toxin complex for injection. It is used for the treatment of severe frown lines and associated “crows feet” around the eyes. It should be administered by trained medical professionals. Talk to your specialist about the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. Cautions: people with defective neuro-muscular transmission disorders, presence of infection at site of injection, glaucoma, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning or redness at injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eye lids, lack of feeling & nausea. If you have side effects or concerns, speak to your doctor. A charge applies. Allergan Pharmaceuticals, Auckland.” “Note: Botox® treatment lasts about four months and after this time further courses of treatment may be necessary. Speak to your specialist about your own situation.”